GRO2 (PP) - Delivering skills and talent development

This policy is part of the Plymouth Plan which was approved by Plymouth City Council Full councillors on 27/02/2017.

The city will provide an accessible environment for high quality lifelong learning so that all of its residents have the opportunity to access learning to develop their skills and talents in order to progress in their working lives, contributing to the realisation of Plymouth’s economic potential. In particular:

  1. Skills will be matched with demand by:
    1. Strengthening partnerships between the city's education institutions, communities and employers to match skill levels with demand.
    2. Enhancing 'advice, employability matching and mentoring' schemes to guarantee that progression routes to skills training and work are fair.
  2. Enterprise and innovation will be driven by:
    1. Supporting the removal of barriers to innovative development, training, growth and expansion, business start-up and advice.
    2. Monitoring, communicating and supporting sector specific skills gaps and their interventions.
  3. People will be helped to prepare for and progress in work by:
    1. Streamlining and co-ordinating high quality training and education courses to ensure there is a fair and relevant city-wide offer.
    2. Improving learner access to employability skills and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects.
    3. Improving learner access to core skills, including English, maths, ICT, green, interpersonal, life/social, relationships and customer skills.
    4. Providing pre-vocational targets for people who can't meet academic targets and providing support to enable those with additional needs to prepare for and progress in work.
  4. Learning environments will be provided that equip people with the skills they need by:
    1. Ensuring that new school places are provided to accommodate growth in the city's population, through a planned approach to expansion and where necessary, through identifying locations for new schools.
    2. Developing an employer led system, to ensure the city's skills supply matches demand and residents are productively and sustainably employed.
    3. Placing the assets, facilities, talent and expertise of the city's higher and further education providers at the heart of business growth.
    4. Using planning powers to help address skills deficiencies and training needs, particularly (but not exclusively) in the construction industry.