Liverpool City Region Employment and Skills Board

Posted 10th January 2020
 

Make a Difference to Our City Region

Employment & Skills

Background

Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (CA) work together to deliver inclusive growth for the City Region.

The LEP provides strategic advice and guidance on economic development priorities, while the CA brings democratic accountability and oversight for the City Region. Working together in this way gives us the insights and benefits of both public and private sectors.

The LEP manages and supports a range of Advisory Boards in the growth sectors and disciplines that are pivotal to delivering inclusive growth in our City Region. These boards, made up of leaders from the private and public sectors, provide strategic insight, intelligence and guidance to the LEP board, the CA and the LEP Executive in the fulfilment of their strategic activities for the City Region.

In addition, the CA has supported an Employment and Skills Board for the City Region which provides strategic guidance to the LEP and CA on how to best meet the skills needs of employers and deliver increased employment opportunities for City Region residents.

The importance and strength of these Boards are in their technical and specialist expertise, based on practical experience, providing a wealth of information and intelligence to inform strategy and effective delivery.

Refreshed Employment & Skills Board

Further to the publishing of guidance from Government on best practice in Skills Advisory Panels (SAPs) for LEP and CA areas to help shape their employment and skills strategies, the LEP and CA have jointly developed a revised governance model for this important area.

Approved by the LEP and CA Boards in late 2019, we are now seeking to attract Expressions of Interest from members of the business community to provide business input onto this Board.

In accordance with the revised Board constitution there are 6 business representatives to be appointed, one of whom will serve as Chair. This person will be expected also to join the main LEP Board to represent Employment and Skills issues at the Board. All 6 of these positions including the Chair will be appointed by recommendation of the LEP Board.

The other Board Members will include Council Portfolio Holders, representatives from colleges, training providers and universities, and from Government and social sector:

Key Attributes Sought

  • Understanding of the current and future skills needs of City Region business generally and within key sectors of the City Region economy
  • Expertise in driving up business performance and growth through effective investment in skills development and recruitment
  • Have strong business networks within the City Region
  • Excellent communication skills and willingness to share ideas and experiences
  • Passion, vision and commitment to developing the LCR economy
  • Ability to balance existing commitments with active board participation, including attending meetings.

Diversity

It has been widely demonstrated that Boards are much more effective if they represent the diversity of the customers and communities they serve. Liverpool City Region LEP is committed to ensuring all its Boards are diverse and actively welcomes and supports applications from all our community with the expertise and ambition to inform each of our sub-boards. Read our Equality & Diversity Statement.

Please note it is NOT a requirement that applicants have previously served at Board level. We strongly welcome new and fresh thinking from those who have not been actively represented before.

How the Employment & Skills Board (ESB) will work

  • The ESB will comprise 6 members of the business community, including individuals from large and small scale businesses, alongside representatives from Local Authorities, training providers etc as listed above.
  • The Board will typically meet 4 times per year, for approximately 2 hours, to an agenda agreed through the CA and Board Chair. It will be supported by executives from the CA and by Growth Platform – the City Region’s Growth Company, established by the LEP and CA.
  • They will be discursive in style and involve a strategic and practical dialogue on the key issues facing business on securing skills for growth and improvements in productivity for the short, medium and long term and creating employment opportunities for the whole City Region community.
  • They will help to determine priorities and suggestions for delivery to provide insight to inform the LEP and the Combined Authority in the development of strategy and its implementation.
  • The boards draw strength from their members’ technical expertise, practical business experience. Board members typically serve 3 years, though this may be extended, by agreement to a maximum of 6 years.
  • The individuals appointed will be expected to apply themselves to developing or challenging strategies designed to deliver skills enhancement and employment growth in the City Region.
  • EP Chair and Board positions are not financially remunerated, but reward comes in being engaged in driving forward important agenda for the benefit of current and future generations.

How to Apply

For an informal discussion about joining the Liverpool City Region Employment and Skills Board as a business representative please contact Mark Basnett at Liverpool City Region LEP by emailing Julie.Simons@liverpoollep.org.

To apply, please send to Julie.Simons@liverpoollep.org (A) An up-to-date CV (B) A covering letter detailing your suitability for the role in line with the specifications above.

The closing date for Expressions of Interest is Monday 3 February 2020 at 12 noon.

We look forward to working with you.