The Surrey Employment and Skills Board (ESB) was established by Surrey County Council in 2013, to provide a collective voice for employers on skills issues that impact the economic growth and productivity of Surrey's public, private and third sector organisations.
The ESB aims to bring together expertise, knowledge and experience in Surrey to strategically influence the skills system within a landscape that is rapidly changing and challenging for employers.
The aim of the ESB is to be the voice of Surrey employers to improve workforce skills, meet future skills demand, and maximise opportunities. This includes:
- representing the skill needs of Surrey employers to influence government policy; and
- facilitating better relationships between employers and skills stakeholders including education/training providers and other relevant organisations.
We have created a proactive, employer-led board, chaired by Bob Pickles, previously Head of Corporate and Government Affairs, Canon (UK) Ltd, with representation, at a senior level, from Surrey's business community, NHS, charity sector, education (universities, colleges and schools), Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and the Local Authority.
The Employment and Skills Board meets quarterly to discuss skills issues and report on project progress.