The Furness
Skills Summit

Organised by FESP, The Furness Skills Summit took place on Tuesday 7th June 2022 at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness.

Sponsored by BAE systems and Furness College, The Furness Skills Summit was a collaborative effort between FESP, BAE Systems, Cumbria Community Foundation, Cumbria LEP, Inspira and the NHS.

Furness Skills Strategy on iPad

OUR AIMS

Many positive programmes and initiatives are already being successfully delivered - but they must be retained and continue to be aligned to strengthen the overall impact

Immediate and collaborative action is required to tackle the skills gap in Furness

Current skills challenges means there is an urgent need to increase overall labour supply across the economy.  There is a requirement to provide routes to meet immediate acute skills gaps, increase the pool of higher level skills developed in, attracted to and retained in our area.  Skills must be aligned to changes in the economy (digital, clean energy, environmental land management) need to be developed and enhanced. 

Many positive programmes and initiatives are already being successfully delivered – but they must be retained and continue to be aligned to strengthen the overall impact.

With a joined-up approach to engaging with young people and their families – from early years learning through to further and higher education – a positive impact can be made. And that will ensure issues surrounding employment prospects, health, prosperity and aspirations can start to be positively addressed.

It will require collaboration and vision - but I am confident we can move forwards and deliver a meaningful programme of change

Jayne Moorby, Chair of FESP

More than 35 different organisations were represented at the event. Following the presentations, a series of discussions were held, each to explore ideas that will inform a wider plan linked to the Furness Community Skills Strategy.

Jayne Moorby, the chair of the Furness Education and Skills Partnership (FESP), said: “At a time when we all seem to be busier than ever, more than 60 people, many in senior positions, took time out of their day to hold proactive conversations about how we can tackle this issue. This is a complex issue and not one that we will solve overnight. But today’s summit was a fantastic starting point and through quality conversation and debate, we have a roadmap to the next stage”.

We must retain what is already proving to be successful, otherwise we risk the dial going backwards. We must increase participation in what works and work in partnership to meet the ongoing skills gaps and challenges

Julia Winder, Area Operations Manager - Inspira

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