Our ambition is to ensure Liverpool City Region is able to deliver outstanding skills to underpin growth in our key sectors. To guarantee that residents and workers are equipped with the right skills, through developing existing talent and attracting new talent pivotal for sustainable growth.

Creating the skills needed to increase economic growth and improve productivity presents a considerable challenge to the City Region. Key interventions outlined in the Growth Strategy include comprehensive, sustained and coherent City Region based development and delivery of:

Skills For Growth

  • Skills Commission established by the Combined Authority to work with business to establish skills needs, provision and opportunities
  • Coherent business-led Skills Strategy for the City Region, to improve skills design, management and delivery
  • Clear “Pathway Partnerships” which link businesses and their needs with skills provision for each of the key growth sectors
  • Aligned public and private skills investment to improve outcomes and increase return on investment
  • Improved diversity and linked productivity across the skills and learning agendas
  • Innovative scholarship models and recruitment processes to support employment and business growth in key growth sectors
  • A common skills framework for key growth sectors to ensure workforce flex and improve overall sustainable employment

Recommendation from the City Region Area Based Review of Further Education, together with Skills for Growth work, will inform the Skills Strategy and future investment activity. (The full list of Skills for Growth agreements can be found here)

Need For Change

Recommendations include:

  • Strengthen the college offer in priority sectors through increased specialisation to meet the demand from employers
  • Improve planning of curriculum to ensure colleges, local community learning providers and others are delivering the right balance and mix of provision for learners and businesses
  • Deliver a more coherent, collaborative approach within the post-16 further education sector to meet the needs of the City Region’s special education needs learners


  • Develop a more joined-up approach to skills delivery across the City Region to support local residents into work and to progress in work
  • Widen the breadth of apprenticeship offer by growing the colleges market share and responding to government policy changes
  • Create a step change in careers advice in schools
  • Provide opportunities for academisation of sixth form colleges