In line with the government’s localism agenda, 32 local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) have now been approved across England. Taking the place of regional development agencies (RDAs), their purpose is to bring local authorities and local businesses together to tackle enterprise issues at a local level. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has placed much emphasis on the creation of these collectives. With this in mind, there is a significant need for the construction and the built environment industry to be at the forefront of the localism agenda. As a priority sector, it is essential that construction receives the right level of support from LEPs to ensure that knowledge and capacity are in place to support the sector in the long term. In order for LEPs to work in the best possible way, it is also vital that local councillors, businesses and skills agencies like CITB-ConstructionSkills work together to … (To read the full article, subscribe below)
Sarah Fenton is head of the Local Sector Strategy Unit at CITB-ConstructionSkills, the Industry Training Board and Sector Skills Council.
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