Learners and employers are at the heart of the Liverpool City Region’s plans for growth. Creating a more educated and flexible workforce depends on a skills system that is focused on what employers in local communities need. The importance and value of a modern and responsive Further Education (FE) sector in supporting the City Region’s priorities is clear. Growth, coupled with a skilled workforce, creates jobs which in turn create opportunities and spread prosperity. The LEP, in conjunction with the Employment and Skills Board, is working closely with businesses and partners to ensure local employers have access to the skills and talents they need to prosper. The role of the Employment and Skills Board is to act on behalf of the LEP and Combined Authority to provide strategic leadership on employment and skills in the City Region. It is comprised of business members (reflecting the LEP’s key economic growth sectors), the Employment and Skills Portfolio Holder in each local authority area and representatives from key UK Government agencies/ stakeholders responsible for employment and skills activities locally. Together our aim is to develop the skills of our workforce ensuring the current and future skills needs of businesses are understood and that residents receive good quality information, advice and guidance that enables them to make informed choices and take full advantage of the education, training and employment opportunities available. In delivering this aim we have made significant progress on the following key areas: Supporting Employers by: Publishing a suite of Skills for Growth Agreements (covering all of the LEP’s Key Growth Sectors) to enable businesses and employment and skills providers to come together to better match supply and demand for skills; Helping to inform the career choices of young people and adults by: Working with the Liverpool City Region’s Apprenticeship Hub to promote Apprenticeships to local employers and residents; Launching a series of Robot Challenge Days to promote advanced manufacturing careers to young people in local schools; Organising a Skills Show for 3,500 young people to help them try out practical skills used in the workplace and find out about future career opportunities (held as part of the International Festival for Business 2014); Supporting the Big Bang North West 2015 being organised by local organisation MerseySTEM to encourage young people into science and technology careers; and Launching Jobs for Tomorrow, a series of lesson plans, videos, job profiles and case studies enable local residents across the City Region to better plan their future careers. Moving forward we will be working towards a set of “big ticket” targets aimed at helping us to raise the skills levels within the Liverpool City to meet the higher level skills requirements of the future jobs market alongside a continued focus on supporting people into jobs and helping our young people to become more informed consumers in terms of their career choices.