Collectively, we’ve helped to capture images of the universe, landed on a comet, designed cars used by millions and produced Apps used in everyday life.


Essex is home to thousands of exceptional career opportunities but now, the skills system also needs to be first class to develop the amazing, local talent and boost economic growth.


The Board's Mission


To help create the most productive and responsive skills system in the country, ensuring businesses have a workforce with the skill sets they need to thrive and young people have the ambition and skills that will advantage them when competing in the labour market. Through our research, we have identified seven priority sectors which are set for growth and are suffering skills shortages:


Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, Care, Construction, Finance and Insurance, Health, IT, Digital and Creative, Logistics


The Board have four objectives to help do this -

  • To ensure the creation of a robust evidence base for skills and to use this to develop an executable five year business plan which incorporates an implementation plan and is reviewed annually
  • To support the deployment of the new enabling mechanisms which contribute to the closer alignment of skills provision and business need – including an online employer portal and the Essex Skills Investment Fund (ESIF)
  • To champion involvement and participation in the skills system by engaging widely with businesses through disseminating information from the Board and by creating the conditions which allow the views of interested businesses to be taken into consideration
  • To take the case for requisite finance and flexibilities to Government on behalf of all Essex providers, businesses and public sector agencies.


Key Partners

  • Essex Employers
  • Essex Chamber of Commerce
  • Federation of Small Businesses
  • Essex County Council
  • Essex Borough, City and District Councils
  • Southend Borough Council
  • Thurrock Council
  • Essex Further Education Colleges
  • Essex based Training Providers
  • Essex based Higher Education Institutions
  • Sector Skills Councils
  • Essex Community and Voluntary Services


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