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The work of the Employment and Skills Board

Recently the Education and Skills Board (ESB) has focused on the following initiatives:

  • 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 the current projects we are working on. 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

Apprentice of the Year Short-list

A Nescot carpentry and Joinery student has been named as one of three people shortlisted as Apprentice of the Year in a national competition.

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."

Apprentices Graduation Ceremony

Congratulations to all the Apprentice Graduates who took part in the annual Apprentices Graduation Ceremony, at Guildford Cathedral, on the 21 September 2018, hosted by the Federation of Small Businesses and the Association of Learning Providers (ALPS), with sponsorship from Surrey County Council. Over 100 apprentice graduates, employed by 60+ Surrey employers, had certificates presented by Kwasi Kwarteng, MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, John Furey, Deputy Leader of Surrey County Council and Brain Woods, Chair for the South East Region FSB.