Innovative and forward-thinking options are the priority for a solution to the higher skills needs of Basingstoke’s high growth and expanding economy. Urban&Civic, partnered with the Wellcome Trust, will deliver the ambitious plans for an exemplar development and new community at Manydown in Basingstoke
Working in partnership with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council, we commissioned a study to investigate employer and business demand for a supply of higher skills both from Basingstoke and beyond; employer engagement to help deliver higher skills; and the demand for locally based higher education from both school leavers and those already in work / mid-career.
The study was part of the capacity work for Western Basingstoke, funded by the then Department for Communities and Local Government. now Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government,
The study’s findings uncovered an opportunity to combine a high skill-based local economy with an employer-led, work-based delivery. Basingstoke businesses said they needed need quality technical level skills, sector specific degree level and a high demand for graduates for the economy to reach its potential. There was also good evidence pointing to opportunities to release untapped potential not only among some school leavers but also amongst the existing workforce.
In short, this exciting study identified great opportunities for Basingstoke and the Enterprise M3 area to be trailblazers in the thinking behind and delivery of higher level skills in a local economy.
Enterprise M3 & the Basingstoke area, with the development partner Urban&Civic, are working together to create something different for Basingstoke skills. Have ideas how we can develop these new ways of thinking? Connect with us @enterprisem3