Opinion: Lancashire's Got Talent

Nelson and Colne College principal Amanda Melton shares her thoughts from the recent Lancashire Skills Summit.

Amanda Melton Nelson College

Employers and educators from across Lancashire gathered at Nelson and Colne College for the Lancashire Skills Summit, an event organised on behalf of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership to kick-start a closer working partnership between employers, universities, colleges and training providers.

The way I see it, there are two key questions:
  • How do we create a supply chain of talented young people with the aspiration, ability and attitude to fill the gaps created in the workforce as a result of expansion and through retirement of skilled employees?
  • How do we make sure the available funding for training is efficiently directed to where it is most needed to support economic development?
The only way we can achieve either of these things is to better connect education and training delivery to employer demand.

The recent Skills Summit aimed to bring together chief executives from colleges, learning providers, universities and private sector businesses to enable them to share ideas and address skills and workforce development and challenges and opportunities in the county.

Lancashire's opportunity to compete for inward investment depends on our capacity to deliver a skilled, flexible and ambitious workforce.

The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership is poised to assemble the components from across the country from the private and public sector to make it happen, with colleges and training providers at the centre of talent creation and skills development. Amanda Melton Principal and chief executive Nelson and Colne College