UK Skills System - Specialist Bodies

Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partner

The central role of Local Enterprise Partnerships is determining local economic priorities, driving economic growth and helping to increase regional productivity. To do this they require a thorough understanding of the regional economy.  In this section you will find information about the work of Hertfordshire LEP.

Local Priorities

The Hertfordshire LEPs aim is to create the right conditions to "accelerate business-led economic growth in Hertfordshire". Our Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) outlines our ambition to create by 2030 16,600 more homes, 38,600 additional jobs and leverage £590m private sector funding.

They are working with their partners to develop and deliver ambitious programmes of activity:


They are working with their partners to develop and deliver ambitious programmes of activity:

  • Strategic Infrastructure
  • Enterprise and Innovation
  • Skills and Employment

Key Sectors and Employers in the region

Hertfordshire sits at the heart of the Oxford-Cambridge- London ‘Golden Research Triangle’ with its focus on Bioscience, Life Sciences and Pharmaceuticals. Large employers in this sector include GSK, Roche, Merck, Sharp and Dohme and Eisai Europe.


Other key sectors and major employers include:

  • Information Technology: XEROX, ACI Global Limited, PayPoint, Imagination Technologies
  • Creative Industries : Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, Elstree Film Studios
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering: Airbus, MBDA, FFEI
  • Existing programmes or activity in the area

The Skills and Employment Programme Board exists to maintain and improve the prospects of our workforce and residents. 


Its current core objectives are to:

  • Implement Hertfordshire’s Skills Strategy: Releasing our Potential, 2015-2017. This sets out a detailed action plan which takes into account the views and needs of schools, colleges, businesses and other organisations to help increase and develop both our existing and future workforce’s capacity.
  • Work towards the targets set out in the Apprenticeship Strategy, 2015-2017 and corresponding Apprenticeship Action Plan (revised June 2016). Click on the link below to see the vital role apprenticeships play in growing our local economy.
  • Co-ordinate the county's approach to STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities to best meet the needs of our key sector growth areas.

The Skills and Employment Board meets quarterly and is chaired by LEP Board Member Adrian Hawkins, chairman of Weldability Sif.

Hertfordshire LEP’s Skills and Labour Market Review 2014, looks into the demand for labour and skills, the supply of labour, education and training activity and comparing labour supply and demand within the county.

Young people

The Hertfordshire Careers & Enterprise Programme is a partnership led by Hertfordshire LEP but delivered in partnership with Youth Connexions Service Hertfordshire. They have a team of 4 Enterprise Coordinators which is made up of 1 Senior Enterprise Coordinator (SEC) and the equivalent of 3 fulltime Enterprise Coordinators (EC) who will engage with circa 75 schools/colleges.

After initial engagement with schools to gain their buy in, the EC will undertake a diagnostic with the school/college to identify current employment/ enterprise/employer engagement activities. This will ascertain their effectiveness and will identify gaps from which a 12 month action plan will be drawn up. Based on needs contained in the school/college action plan the SEC will match the school/college with an appropriate Enterprise Advisor i.e. by sector, geography or experience.

The Enterprise Advisor will work closely with the school to mentor students to realise their possibilities and potential. Formal 6 and 12 months reviews re progress will be undertaken and feedback from the Enterprise Coordinators, Enterprise Advisers and Students/Schools/Colleges