The Skills Board has been introduced to deliver the “Championing Learning and Skills” priority identified in Ambition Broxbourne, the Council’s Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan.
To ensure that the benefits of the Ambition Broxbourne development strategy are met – and that the 6,300 new jobs it will create are available to local residents – it is vital to increase the skills based of the resident population. The number of residents with an NVQ level 4 qualification and those achieving five or more A*-C grade GCSEs is lower than the national average, though these gaps are closing.
To compete in an increasingly globalised, connected economy that is exposing the Borough to both new challenges and opportunities not only external to Broxbourne but to the United Kingdom itself, the gap must be closed altogether. A new discrepancy between the Borough and the national average is hoped to be opened by 2030, however this time in the Borough’s favour
With schemes such as the proposed Crossrail 2 link running through – or terminating in – the Borough, there is a wealth of potential opportunity for technical, well-paying and skilled jobs in the local area. The challenge will be in meeting this need locally and minimising any ‘leakage’ of benefits from high investment projects into other areas. The area is well placed to achieve these targets with a wealth of high class educational institutions led by Hertford Regional College inside the Borough and a number of educational institutions across the county at large, including the University of Hertfordshire.
The success of the Skills Board and its strategy will ultimately define the success of the Ambition Broxbourne development plan. The viability of the plan is dependent upon the support, input and uptake of the Broxbourne residents.
The board currently meets every two months and tracks a number of measures indicative of the overall health of the Borough’s jobs market.
Broxbourne Council – Ann Cooke, Melanie Miller & Max Jackson.
Hertfordshire County Council – Chantal Lommel
Department for Work & Pensions – Lena Brooks
Hertfordshire Regional College – Katrina Dougherty
Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership – Norman Jennings
VolkerWessels – Peter Fletcher
CVS – Ian Richardson