Coventry is a city of opportunity. It has a long and proud history of manufacturing excellence and international companies like Jaguar Land Rover and the London Taxi Company and many more are continuing to invest here, bringing jobs and economic growth to Coventry and the wider region. However, like many parts of the UK, Coventry and the West Midlands faces a growing gap between the skills that businesses and organisations need and the skills that local people have.
Skills are also high on the national agenda. The Industrial Strategy Green Paper recognises that significant change is needed nationally and that change can only come through collaboration of stakeholders.
This first Coventry Skills Summit is a positive step towards this, bringing together key local stakeholders from across businesses, schools, Further Education, Higher Education and local government for an interactive morning. The agenda is big, and so for this first Skills Summit, the focus will be on young people having the right skills so that the current and future workforce is productive, creative and innovative.
Who is the Summit for?