Suffolk/Norfolk: LEP to provide ‘razor sharp’ focus on skills

Andy Wood, chairman, New Anglia LEP

Andy Wood, chairman, New Anglia LEP - Credit: Archant

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is launching two skills summits to help provide a ‘razor sharp focus’ to deliver the skills that businesses need.

The Ipswich and Norwich events, will bring together businesses and the public sector to shape a coordinated strategy which will ensure people are fully equipped for the world of work and possess the skills businesses demand.

Chairman Andy Wood said: “I want to ensure a razor sharp focus on skills, bringing together business, education, sector specialists and policymakers to help deliver an ambitious, deliverable, action plan. This will secure the future success of the New Anglia economy in the global marketplace – for generations to come.

“There is some great work going on around skills, but New Anglia LEP wants to take this forward in a much more positive, cohesive way. We want to see vocational skills developed and valued by employers, expand apprenticeships, create the right conditions for entrepreneurs and provide first class career advice.

“We welcome the ideas, experience and expertise from across the public and private sectors to join us at these events to help shape an exciting future.”

The Skills Summits, which will include workshops, industry speakers and a skills exhibition, will enable discussions on:

n Jobs, innovation, growth and leading in global markets and the skills business requires to drive success

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n Knowledge, skills and employability and how best New Anglia can lead the way for future generations

The events will be held on Monday, September 16, from 6pm to 9pm at University Campus, Ipswich and on Monday, September 23, from 6pm to 9pm at Norwich City Football Club.

It is free to attend, but registration is essential. To book your place, go to