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Employment & Skills in CIOS

Skills are one of the cornerstones of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership strategy for economic growth in our area. We cannot underestimate the important of a skilled, flexible and effective workforce equipped to meet the economic challenges we face.

Clearly as a strategic body this will only be achieved by working in partnership with education and employers and ensuring that these two sectors jointly identify the needs and actions for today and more importantly, tomorrow.

The LEP strategy sets out the priorities for developing the employment opportunities and the skills of our people for now and the future. Bringing together the needs of employers and the abilities of the workforce is key to developing our ability to grow responsive, dynamic business. Encouraging investment in skills by employers and individuals will enable career development and progression and growth in the pool of talent available. We want our young people to gain the right skills and attributes that will make our businesses vibrant. Counteracting underemployment and developing businesses and individuals who work together as communities and thrive to reach their full potential underpins our work.

"In just about every respect Cornwall and Isles of Scilly is changing very quickly. Economically we are seeing the emergence and growth of exciting new industries in which Cornwall can take a lead internationally especially those which can build on our digital connectivity, our expertise in marine and increasingly in space and aerospace. The world of renewable energy will be transformed by developments with wave technology, geothermal and the application of new smart technologies. Cornwall and Isles of Scilly continues to develop its reputation as a destination of choice for tourism, food and drink and for its creative and cultural communities and heritage. 

We expect to see new exciting developments in eHealth, Agritech and in the delivery of health and social care, driven in part by the rapidly expanding higher and further education partners. All of the above will transform our economy but will only be realised if we can supply a highly trained, ambitious and flexible workforce, of all ages and continue to attract the very highest talent to live and work in our area.

This refresh of our Employment and Skills strategy describes in detail the challenges and opportunities ahead and I believe outlines the actions required by all of us to make sure we translate all the exciting new developments emerging today into a vibrant and sustainable future for us all."     


Mark Duddridge

Chair of Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LEP

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