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. 

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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. 

Download the Skills Framework poster Download the Skills Framework resource pack