Skills, skills, skills

Who recalls Tony Blair’s ‘Education. Education. Education.’ speech?

It was back in 1996, ahead of Labour’s landslide General Election victory and an attempt at ‘levelling up’.

If that speech was being made today, I’d argue it should be ‘Skills. Skills. Skills.’

Everyone who knows me, knows that I’m passionate about anything skills-related – whether it’s upskilling, reskilling or sharing the message that skills really matter.

Without highly-skilled individuals and workforces our industries will not be able to compete against global competitors in today’s high-pressure markets.

Without forward-thinking leaders and innovators in businesses large and small, we’ll not be able to anticipate and train the skills which are needed for tomorrow, to ensure we remain ahead of the curve.

That’s why the discussion about skills must always remain at the very top of the agenda.

That’s why, during my time at Burnley College, I’ve made talking to employers a top priority, so we can work with you to train the workforce of the future and ensure our training and curriculum offer matches your needs.

I’ve attended industry forums; round table events; advisory boards; board meetings and welcomed countless employers and industry leaders to college to hear their views. And it’s all about skills.

That’s why, going forward, I’ll be pressing national industry bodies and the government to introduce an annual pot of money that employers can access to fund or part-fund skills training in their business.

I’ll never tire of banging the drum for skills.

It’s something I recognised from the very start of my own career – as an engineering apprentice – skills matter.

It’s what I emphasised to teams of trainers I’ve led across the world, supporting the development of apprentices.

It’s what I’ve talked to my own son about – and the scores of apprentices I’ve had the privilege of guiding as they’ve started out on their career journeys.

Skills open the door to success – whether that’s for an individual; a business or a country.

In 2023 expect to hear the word Skills a lot more from me.

Enjoyed this? Read more from Neil Burrows, Burnley College

Latest news

1

Breck to deliver £150m of affordable homes over four years Breck Development In Progress

Breck to deliver £150m of affordable homes over four years

18 Jul 2024

2

Business board launches to support county's economic growth Lancashire Business Board

Business board launches to support county's economic growth

18 Jul 2024

3

Notarianni Ice Cream Parlour Scoops Up Energy Efficiency Notarianni.jpeg.jpg

Notarianni Ice Cream Parlour Scoops Up Energy Efficiency

19 Jul 2024

4

Thirteen new contract wins in three months for seoBusiness SeoBusiness Contract Wins

Thirteen new contract wins in three months for seoBusiness

19 Jul 2024

5

Blackburn Hotspots: Filling a big hole Blackburn Hotspots Lineup

Blackburn Hotspots: Filling a big hole

19 Jul 2024

Bec Web Strip 980x120
Background image for hub sign up block

LBV Hub

Leverage Lancashire Business View platforms

Post your news
Post your events
Post your offers
Build your network
Improve your SEO
Gain coverage in the magazine
Sign-up
Events
Lancashire Built Environment Conference
BEC 315 X 315 Px
Networking
25 Sep 2024

Lancashire Built Environment Conference

Conference and Exhibition Centre, Winter Gardens Blackpool, FY1 1HL

08:30 - 13:00

RISE - The Academy for Female Leaders and Managers
WENDY BOWERS RISE Illustrstion copy.jpg.jpg
LBV Hub Seminars
11 Jun 2024 - 04 Dec 2024

RISE - The Academy for Female Leaders and Managers

East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Clayton le Moors, BB5 5JR

09:00 - 16:30

Preston Freelancer MeetUp and Coworking Day
Screenshot 2024-06-13 at 13.55.10.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
30 Jul 2024

Preston Freelancer MeetUp and Coworking Day

Society1 Coworking Space, Preston, PR1 3LT

10:00 - 12:00

Skills Bootcamp in Procurement - Cohort 1
Blue-Modern-Land-Travel-Youtube-Thumbnail-2-1024x576.png.png
LBV Hub Seminars
30 Jul 2024 - 08 Oct 2024

Skills Bootcamp in Procurement - Cohort 1

Community & Business Partners CIC, Blackburn, BB2 3UA

09:30 - 13:00

Chamber Breakfast Networking
Chamber Logo1.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
31 Jul 2024

Chamber Breakfast Networking

Pye Motors, Morecambe, LA3 3PF

08:00 - 10:00

Scaling your revenue: From zero to £1m in 60 months
CBP-logo LBV.png.png
LBV Hub Webinar
31 Jul 2024

Scaling your revenue: From zero to £1m in 60 months

Online, Online, Online

08:00 - 09:30

Online Women's Health Clinic
clinic.png.png
LBV Hub Webinar
06 Aug 2024

Online Women's Health Clinic

x, Online, x

12:00 - 12:00

International Coworking Day Open Day
1.png.png
LBV Hub Social
09 Aug 2024 - 09 Aug 2024

International Coworking Day Open Day

Society1 Coworking Space, Prestin, PR1 3 LT

10:00 - 13:00

Knowledge & Networking: Basic Digital Marketing
Chamber Logo1.png.png
LBV Hub Seminars
12 Aug 2024

Knowledge & Networking: Basic Digital Marketing

Lancaster Golf Club, Lancaster, LA2 0AJ

14:00 - 13:00

Understanding Menopause
menopause.png.png
LBV Hub Webinar
15 Aug 2024

Understanding Menopause

x, Online, x

12:30 - 13:15

Sub36 Networking Event - The Bee Centre
Sub36 Socialbee Centre
Networking
15 Aug 2024

Sub36 Networking Event - The Bee Centre

The Bee Centre, Chorley, PR6 8LZ

15:00 - 17:00

Mini Networkers - Family Fun Morning
CBP-logo LBV.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
16 Aug 2024

Mini Networkers - Family Fun Morning

Community & Business Partners CIC, Blackburn, BB2 3UA

10:00 - 13:00

Advertise with us

Reaching 50,000 members, our print, digital and event platforms offer a fantastic way to raise your business profile and help you grow.

Find out more LBV116 Online Graphic
Subscribe now

Weekly news bulletin