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Lancashire Skill Summit

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Preston's College

Saint Vincents Road

Fulwood

PR2 8UR

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Without doubt, Lancashire's business communities, across the board, need to recognise the serious consequences the current skills shortage, and how recent apprentice reforms can help to redress the balance.

Lancashire has an ageing workforce, and a limited pool of labour to replace it. This offers alarming prospects, not only to the region's economy, but to business growth in general. If we continue without stronger strategic partnerships, a well-considered plan of action, and improved information, we will fail to pick up the slack, as the aged labour market depletes.

Complicated as it may seem initially, the recent Apprentice Levy, introduced this April, is designed to increase funding for Apprentice programmes and address both the quality and quantity of apprenticeship engagements.

The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership has committed to engage with businesses, to make skills and employment more responsive to the needs of Lancashire, and to provide the means to deliver Lancashire's Strategic Economic plan. In return, it is now time for the regions business communities to do the same. A better-skilled workforce will accelerate economic growth, making Lancashire more appealing to business investors, and a more vibrant and rewarding place to work.

Downtown Lancashire has been working closely with Preston's College, the LEP, and a host of other strategic partners, to bring you a powerful, interactive and thought-provoking summit that will address these concerns and, signpost delegates toward a more common-sense approach to apprentice engagement.

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