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Immersion Skills Workshop

Immersion Skills Workshop

WE ARE Working Together: Immersion Update

‘Industry and Education taking the lead on skills’

WE ARE WORKING TOGETHER is the latest update on the impact and solutions that came out of the IMMERSION SKILLS WORKSHOPS during 2013/14. Highlighting how, with business and education, the team have started to identify the skills issues and challenges impacting on business growth and sustainability, beginning to work together towards solutions.

Please download the update above or for full details of projects, educational partners and employers committed to working together – please see our Immersion 'Skills Workshops' Project Groups 2014 available by emailing the West of England LEP Skills Team.


An ‘Immersion Skills Workshop’ for the Hi-Tech sector will take place on January 29, 2015 at Bristol & Bath Science Park – if you are interested in attending and becoming part of the solution for skills in High Tech please get in touch with Nicky Williams.

2014 Immersion Skills Workshops

Over the past year the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership Skills Team have been meeting with a wide range of businesses across the West of England to start to identify the skills gaps and shortages seen to be preventing the sustainable growth of business.

Part of the research was to host ‘Immersion’ workshops which were funded through the LEP's successful City Skills Fund. The Immersion workshops aimed to develop dialogue and collaboration between employers from the priority sectors; Advanced Engineering & Aerospace, Finance & Professional Services, Creative and Digital and Low Carbon Industries, and the five further education colleges and four Universities within the West of England.

The initial workshops, held in 2013, received excellent representation from both industry and education. During the events attendees identified and discussed openly the skills barriers to sustainable and relevant employment, and provided each other with an insight into the challenges faced by both business and education in addressing the skills agenda.

Employers gained an understanding of funding and how to engage better with education. And education heard from industry on the challenges of engaging with educational institutes, educators were also provided with excellent labour market intelligence into what skills employers require their workforce to have.

Together with business and education the workshops began to identify the skills issues and challenges impacting on business growth and sustainability. The outcomes from this first round of workshops helped to inform the ‘Local Sector Skills Statements’* for the LEPs priority sectors.

A second set of workshops, again with both employers and education partners, were held across the West of England in late 2013/14. Working Knowledge facilitated these series of dynamic ‘Skills Workshops: Become Part of the Skills Solution’. The aim this time was to develop and support new partnerships between business and education, helping them to lead on developing joined up solutions to the skills issues and start to develop ideas for new innovations in training, curriculum content and delivery models.

"The Immersion event was useful to listen and be heard by others with similar objectives."


“As Business Development Manager for creative & leisure, I work closely with the Skills Team …the relationship has been helpful in identifying changes we need to make to curriculum to ensure we meet the priority skills areas. The labour market information & local knowledge provided by the team has been instrumental in developing our curriculum. As a result we now offer apprenticeships not previously offered."


To read the case study on immersion events Click here

*Local Sector Skills Statements for the priority sectors are available on request. Please contact

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