Avonmouth Employment & Enterprise Working Group

Avonmouth Employment and Enterprise (formerly Jobs, Skills and Enterprise) Working Group brings together stakeholders to support people across the area into work readiness and jobs; and to work with with employers to make sure that skills are available when needed. The Terms of Reference can be downloaded here.

The last working group meeting took place on the 23rd October 2014 at Avonmouth Community Centre. The next meeting will take place on 22nd January (14:00 at ACC).

Key points to note:

Attendees included reps from Dept. Work and Pensions & Job Centre Plus, Bristol CC Ways2Work and Neighbourhood Partnership, Learning Communities, the communities of Lawrence Weston and Shirehampton, Avonmouth Community Centre and SevernNet.

An important aspect is helping local employers know what services might be available to support skills development and training, and to encourage employer uptake where relevant.

An employer survey will be undertaken to assess employers training provision and requirements, recruitment approaches and skills requirements over the next couple of yesrs. Employers interest in supporting this was confirmed. The results will inform:

    • SevernNet’s programme in this area for the forthcoming period
    • matching of services available to employers needs to support better take up of opportunities such as apprenticeships
    • the potential for offering training facilities within the area

Information sources:

Traineeships. A new training initiative was introduced by Government in late 2013. To learn more check out this link to the DofE website which gives a fairly comprehensive picture of the initiative

Portbury, Avonmouth and Severnside Skills and Services Enquiry available.

Employers are encouraged to complete the Skills ad Services Enquiry. More details available here.