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.

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Its core objectives are to:

  • Implement the Hertfordshire Skills Strategy to 2020. 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 our existing and future workforce’s capacity.
  • Work towards the targets set out in our Apprenticeship Strategy 2017 to 2020 and corresponding Apprenticeship Action Plan.
  • Coordinate the county’s approach to STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities to best meet the needs of our key sector growth areas.

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.

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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. 

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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, 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 Careers and Enterprise Company is a programme which aims to bridge the gap between education and work.  Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, in partnership with YC Hertfordshire, is delivering the programme locally. It is underpinned by the belief that young people should be given the best support available to develop their careers and to make informed choices about education and employment. It is creating lasting links between schools and employers and enabling senior figures from the local business community – Enterprise Advisers – to help enhance schools’ careers advice and prepare young people for the future.

Enterprise Advisers are typically senior figures from the local business community who volunteer to engage with schools.

The Advisers help schools develop tailored careers advice programmes and build a network of valuable local business contacts. This helps prepare young people for future jobs and careers.

Enterprise Advisers benefit in several ways including belonging to a local network committed to resolving skills issues; tailoring the development of future employees; improving the employability and careers-awareness of the local talent pool; and fulfilling commitments to corporate social responsibility.

Schools benefit from improved links with local employers; a dedicated Enterprise Adviser who offers support for a minimum of one day per month over 12 months, support in developing a successful careers advice programme tailored to meet employers’ needs, and increased opportunities for students.