Stockport’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration has welcomed the constructive and valuable participation at workshops which launched the Council’s Works & Skills Commission. This makes for a strong start to the Council’s pioneering approach to addressing barriers to skills and employment in Stockport.
The Work & Skills Commission launched in January with a series of workshops focussed on identifying the priority work, skills and local economic issues affecting Stockport.
Each workshop invited views, ideas, opinions and suggestions from a variety of stakeholders including employers, skills providers, jobseekers and young people in Stockport with each event attracting a healthy participation.
Information and views gathered at the events will be used develop the Council’s plans to address skills poverty, support work-readiness and promote inclusive growth.
The next step will build upon this input as part of the Work & Skill Commission Whole Day Event on March the 8th. This will involve numerous stakeholders who will draw upon the information gathered at these events to help inform future, targeted policy.
Commenting, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economy, Cllr Kate Butler, said:
“I am really pleased at the level and quality of feedback from participants in these workshops. Their views provided really useful insights into how we can address the challenges people face in building their skills and employability.
“Furthermore the exercise itself received positive feedback from participants who appreciate a Local Authority who is listening to their experiences of barriers to skills, work and economic participation.
“This is not the end of our listening exercise as the online survey will remain live until March and we encourage people to make their views known. We want the best evidence base possible as we go forward to the next stage of the Commission.
“Our approach is rooted in the principles and priorities set out in Stockport Labour’s manifesto; namely an open, consultative approach to growing an economy which benefits everyone.”