At the Skills Summit on 6 October, delegates heard about the successes of the first Skills Strategy, the current situation of the employment market and new issues on the horizon, and had the opportunity to put forward their views about the second Skills Strategy to 2020.

We asked for your thoughts about any gaps and obstacles that remain to help us shape the second Hertfordshire Skills Strategy, and the contribution your organisation can make to ensure its success. It is vital to incorporate the influences, views and needs of employers, training providers, schools, colleges and public sector organisations. 

Check the useful links section to view the draft strategy and a stakeholder report containing a summary of the comments received and details of subsequent amendments to the draft strategy.

The aim of the Hertfordshire Skills Strategy is to increase and develop Hertfordshire's workforce to ensure the county continues to support a strong economy in which businesses can thrive and residents can maximise their potential. The strategy was and continues to be a partnership approach with the County Council, Hertfordshire LEP and Department of Work and Pensions all working together to address skills gap issues.

Our shared vested interest has enabled a collaborative approach which we favour and promote in Hertfordshire, and the graphic below demonstrates how we work together to support the county's workforce:

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Councillor David Williams opens the Skills Summit 2017

Councillor David Williams speaks at the Skills Summit 2017

James Snelling, District Manager at JobCentre Plus, discusses headline issues regarding the employment market

Delegates at the Skills Summit 2017

Delegates take part in a workshop at the Skills Summit 2017

Nicci Smith, Early Talent Programme Manager at GSK, presents the Employer’s View

Nicci Smith, Early Talent Programme Manager at GSK, speaks at the Skills Summit 2017

Norman Jennings, Skills & Employment Manager at Hertfordshire LEP, speaks at the Skills Summit 2017

Esme Clarke, Laboratory Scientist Apprentice at GSK, presents the Apprentice’s View

Presentations at the Skills Summit 2017

Norman Jennings, Skills & Employment Manager at Hertfordshire LEP, highlights the successes of the first Hertfordshire Skills Strategy

Delegates take part in a workshop at the Skills Summit 2017