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What is the Industrial Partnership for the Information Economy?
In line with the opportunity offered by government to work in strategic partnership with key sectors, employers have asked e-skills UK to coordinate the development of a national, cross-sector Industrial Partnership for the Information Economy.
This will bid into the Employer Ownership of Skills Pilot for support for ambitious end-to-end skills solutions for the sector. The pilot will co-invest in projects in which employers are also prepared to commit their own resources.
What are the Industrial Partnership’s aims?
Our proposals are likely to focus on building the skill base to deliver:
- Global leadership in high value software and services.
- Global leadership in technology-enabled innovation in other strategic sectors.
- And a transformational shift in the exploitation of technology by smaller companies.
Will the Industrial Partnership work nationally or locally?
Complementing the aims above, the partnership is keen to work with and support local proposals where it can add most value, seeking out clusters with the potential for significant growth and/or global success, and identifying those which could most benefit from support and engagement with the national partnership.
What is the Employer Ownership of Skills Pilot?
Employers are invited to bid into a £340M competitive Employer Ownership of Skills Pilot fund, designed to help them invest in their current and future workforce in England. The purpose is to create jobs, raise skills and drive economic growth. Government will co-invest in projects in which employers are also prepared to commit their own resources.
The latest round of this Employer Ownership Pilot (Round 2) offers employers help to recruit and train staff with the skills they need for the future. In particular, ambitious bids are invited from employers willing to work together to deliver skills solutions aligned to a broader industrial strategy.
There are two elements to Round 2:
1. Contribution to training costs. For example, government contribution for apprenticeship training could be directed to employers / groups of employers rather than via training providers, giving employers more control over content and quality.
2. Contribution to infrastructure solutions. For example, this could enable a cross-sector collaboration of employers to establish a long term Industrial Partnerships which takes wider responsibility for skills development for the good of the sector as a whole.
Applications have to be submitted by 28 March 2013. The funding prospectus is available online at www.ukces.org.uk/employerownership.
What is e-skills UK?
e-skills UK is a not-for-profit, employer-led organisation whose mission is to ensure the UK has the skills it needs to thrive in the global information economy. Its Boards bring together the CEOs of leading employers in the IT sector, CIOs of employers across all sectors, and representatives of small companies.
Its work is focused on three objectives:
1. To health of the pipeline of talent into technology intensive careers.
2. The development of those entering and working in technology intensive roles.
3. The digital capability of individuals and businesses in every sector.
Successes include its work on careers and gender in education, such as www.bigambition.co.uk and Computer Clubs for Girls (CC4G); the outstanding employment and academic outcomes of its IT Management for Business (ITMB) degree; action to improve the uptake of apprenticeships and access to high quality training; and programmes to help small companies make the most of technology for business (the Business IT Guide) and to help individuals get the digital literacy skills the need, in partnership with Go ON UK.
e-skills UK is licensed by government as the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology, and was rated ‘outstanding’ in the latest re-licensing of Sector Skills Councils.
How can I get involved?
If you would like to get involved or keep us informed about your own plans, please complete our survey or contact us.