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The work of the Employment and Skills Board

Responding to Government consultations – providing a collective view on skills and employment issues for Surrey on inquiries such as T-levels and careers and education information advice and guidance

Working with the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to articulate Surrey skill priorities – the ESB works closely with both Coast to Capital and Enterprise M3 LEPs to balance the needs of Surrey across the two LEP boundaries.

Sourcing funding opportunities to conduct skills initiatives.

Delivering employer-led intelligence on key skills and employment issues, such as the apprenticeship levy.

Latest projects

Here are a few examples of current projects. For more information about the work of the ESB please contact us.

Solutions to debug the apprenticeship levy

A study to understand the experience of a qualitative sample of Surrey levy payers to uncover the value that the levy has created and to highlight factors that are inhibiting organisations maximising the levy for building talent pipelines and developing skills capabilities of existing staff. The finding will be used to influence Government policy and shape new projects with partners.

Helping to shape the local industrial strategy for skills

We have provided skills advice and steer to both LEPs Coast to Capital and Enterprise M3 for the development of their 2030 Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) and will increasingly work collaboratively with both as key advisor and skills partner helping them translate their skills vision into a Local Industrial Strategies (LIS). This work is on-going during 2018-2019.

Progression into apprenticeships

This project will explore ways to help accelerate progression rates of Key stage 5 pupils (post A-level), into higher and degree level apprenticeships in collaboration with a pilot sample of state secondary schools, local business and training providers. The project will run for the duration of 2018-19 academic year.

Recent news and events

Apprentices Graduation Ceremony

On Friday 27 September 2019, the FSB will be hosting the annual Surrey Apprentices Graduation Ceremony, now in its sixth successful year at Guildford Cathedral. This ceremony will be for all apprentices who have completed their apprenticeship and will celebrate, in robes, in the prestigious Cathedral with inspiring speakers from across the County. Anne Milton MP and Minister for Skills and Apprentices will present certificates and medals to Apprentice Graduates.

Working with the LGA

An ESB article Debugging the Apprenticeship Levy providing employer-led solutions to improve the apprenticeship levy, was published by the Local Government Association in April 2019, and the recommendations have contributed to an open letter to Damian Hinds, education secretary, asking that levy payers are given longer than the two-year deadline to spend it; to have more flexibility on how it can be spent; and that any underspend is used to meet local economic skills priorities.

South East England Councils profile the Surrey ESB as best practice

4 Case studies highlighting how SEEC member councils, including Surrey, are driving forward initiatives to improve key workforce skills to ensure employers have a workforce with the right skills for future economic success.

New Architectural Apprentice

WS Planning & Architecture, based in Reigate, has employed Max Rayner, as one of only 6 people in the UK undergoing the new Architectural Assistant Apprenticeship. Max will be working with the practice and studying at London South Bank University for the next four years. Lee Barker, Architectural Director at WS Planning & Architecture, said: "We are thrilled to be at the forefront of this new route into the profession. Max impressed us with his attitude and we are delighted to be able to support him."

Files available to download

  • Solutions to Debug the Apprenticeship Levy Nov 2018, Issue 1.0 (228.6 KB)
    A report providing insights from Surrey Levy Payers and highlighting 5 employer-led solutions to reform the operation of the apprenticeship levy to enhance its effectiveness, secure greater involvement, increase the volume and uptake of apprenticeships.