Skills For Growth

Skills for Growth is Liverpool City Region’s brand for a broad approach to developing better alignment between the skills our economy needs to grow and the skills that are actually delivered by local schools, colleges and providers.

Four key priority sectors for economic growth have been identified that will increase the City Region’s opportunities for employment and skills growth:

  • Superport
  • Low Carbon
  • Knowledge-based industries
  • Visitor Economy

To address the employment and skills issues in these and other key employment sectors  the LEP and Liverpool City Region Employment and Skills Board (ESB) aim to increase employer ownership of and involvement in the delivery of education, learning and skills.

The City Region is also managing  the following employment and skills initiatives and programmes:

  • Skills Capital Investment Fund
  • Youth Employment Gateway – provides unemployed 18-24 year olds personalised support to improve their employment prospects.

In addition, we are continuing to work closely with relevant Government departments and their agencies on devolution to ensure public funding for employment and skills is better aligned with local priorities and needs.


Employment & Skills Board

Cllr Marion Atkinson

Sefton Council

Jette Burford

Merseyside Colleges' Association (non-voting advisory member)

Lynn Collins

Trades Union Congress (non-voting advisory member)

Jon Corner

The Landing representing Innovation Board

Cllr John Fulham

St Helens Council

Paul Gaunt

Universities (non-voting advisory member)

Cllr Eddie Jones

Halton Council

Bernard Molloy

Unipart Logistics representing SuperPort Board

Cllr Michael Murphy

Knowsley Council

Stephen Roberts

Crowne Plaza, Liverpool representing Visitor Economy Board

Nick Small

Liverpool City Council

Anne-Marie Stretch


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