Improving productivity

We are committed to driving up productivity across Hertfordshire by creating a skilled and motivated workforce which can adapt to meet current and future business needs.

Our core objectives are to:  

  • Implement the Hertfordshire Skills Strategy to 2020. This sets out a detailed action plan which takes into account the views and needs of schools, colleges, businesses and other organisations to help increase and develop our existing and future workforce’s capacity.
  • Work towards the targets set out in our Apprenticeship Strategy 2017 to 2020 and corresponding Apprenticeship Action Plan (revised June 2016).
  • Co-ordinate the county’s approach to STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities to best meet the needs of our key sector growth areas.

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Increasing apprenticeship opportunities 

Apprenticeships are a key priority for the LEP and play a vital role in growing our local economy. We aim to increase the total percentage of young people aged 16-24 years in employment with training including apprenticeships and traineeships up to the national average. We also aim to achieve a balance between apprenticeship and traineeship vacancies and the demand for places. 

Learn more about Apprenticeships

The Careers & Enterprise Company

We are working in partnership with YC Hertfordshire to deliver the national Careers & Enterprise Company programme within the county, which aims to bridge the gap between education and employment. Our Enterprise Adviser Network, made up of local business leaders, are working closely with schools to enhance careers education and help prepare young people for the future. 

Learn more about the Careers and Enterprise Company

Releasing our potential

The Hertfordshire Skills Strategy helps ensure the county’s workforce and future labour market are best equipped to meet employers’ needs. The LEP, in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council and the Department for Work and Pensions, produced the wide-ranging strategy which has been warmly welcomed by businesses and training providers. 

Learn more about Skills Strategy Skills and Employment Board Papers

Hertfordshire Skills Framework

The Hertfordshire Skills Framework sets out the key employability skills and attributes sought by Hertfordshire employers from young people. The Framework was compiled by Hertfordshire LEP, YC Hertfordshire and the University of Hertfordshire, and developed with the aim of improving the work readiness of young people and the careers guidance provided by schools. Based on this research, Hertfordshire LEP and YC Hertfordshire have developed a set of printable resources for use in schools. 

Mel Seabrook, Careers Leader at Westfield School said: "The Hertfordshire Skills Framework was really interesting to us and we could see instantly how well it linked with the messages we want to get across to our students about the readiness for the world of work.

"We decided that the best way for us to incorporate the framework and embedded it across the school, was to build it into our PSHE scheme of work in Key Stage 4. That way, all students will be able to access the information and it also ensures that many of our staff are also aware. We will continue to explore, with our Enterprise Adviser, how to further develop the framework across all learning areas in the school." 

Download the Skills Framework poster Download the Skills Framework resource pack

Labour Market Information 

Hertfordshire LEP has developed a set of infographics for young people and their parents/carers, highlighting the fantastic career opportunities available across the county. Infographics are available for each of Hertfordshire's ten districts to educate young people on the local labour market, with essential information on qualifications and earnings by place of residence, top employment sectors, and local employers, as well as about Hertfordshire's key industry sectors. 

Download the Hertfordshire Labour Market Information infographics