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 and Employment Strategy. 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 the capacity of our existing and future workforce.
  • Work towards the targets set out in our Apprenticeship Strategy, and corresponding Apprenticeship Action Plan.
  • Co-ordinate STEM-focused activities across the county (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to help meet the needs of employers within Hertfordshire’s key growth sectors.

Careers & Enterprise Company Programme

We work in partnership with YC Hertfordshire to deliver the national Careers & Enterprise Company programme within the county, which works to bridge the gap between education and employment.

  • Our Enterprise Adviser Network, made up of local business leaders, work closely with schools to enhance careers education and prepare young people for the future.
  • Our Hertfordshire Careers Hub enables greater collaboration between clusters of schools, by linking Careers Leaders, Enterprise Advisers and our Cornerstone Employer Group (a network of local businesses).
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Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal (HOP)

HOP is a one-stop shop for career explorers of all ages to search for live job, apprenticeship and training opportunities. HOP also offers a rich bank of Hertfordshire-specific careers resources for use in schools, including:

  • Labour market infographics setting out key statistics on living and working in Hertfordshire and the ten districts. 
  • A Virtual Employer Encounter webinar series which has allowed students to interact with employers from a wide range of sectors throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The series will continue throughout 2021.
  • A range of classroom resources based on the Hertfordshire Skills Framework, a research project supported by the University of Hertfordshire, which sets out the key employability skills and attributes sought by Hertfordshire employers from young people.
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Skills Advisory Panel (SAP)

Skills Advisory Panels were introduced across all LEP areas by Government in 2018 to provide strategic leadership on skills and to help address local workforce challenges. 

Hertfordshire LEP’s Skills and Employment Board has adopted SAP terms of reference and is now the Skills Advisory Panel for Hertfordshire. It works closely with partners to ensure that courses delivered by Hertfordshire’s education and apprenticeship providers help to meet local employers’ skills needs.

SAPs are required to publish an annual skills and labour market review for their area. Download the Hertfordshire Skills and Labour Market Review 2020.


Local Skills Report

The Hertfordshire Local Skills Report (March 2021) provides a detailed insight into local skills needs across the county. This report supports improved cross-area comparison and provides local intelligence to central government and the national-level Skills and Productivity Board (SPB).

Local Skills Reports help to maximise the influence of SAPs locally by:

  • Acting as an engagement tool through which SAPs can engage with, influence and rally employers and providers in their areas to support the local skills agenda;
  • Bringing together existing and new skills information into a consistent format common to all SAPs;
  • Clearly setting out local skills needs and ensuring they are visible to partners who can then engage with them; and
  • Offering valuable insight and evaluation on the progress made on current local skills initiatives and outlining future plans to plug key skills gaps.

Read the Hertfordshire Local Skills Report.

Skills & Employment Dashboard

Hertfordshire LEP’s Skills & Employment Dashboard is an interactive resource produced in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council to enable stakeholders to:

  • easily access the latest and most relevant data relating to skills and employment in Hertfordshire;
  • better understand the county’s labour market; and 
  • support data-driven decision making relating to local skills provision. 
Explore the dashboard