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October 2013

Private sector jobs increase by 19,000, latest figures show

SPRG Figures released by the Office for National Statistics have shown that the Greater Birmingham area experienced an increase in private sector employment of 19,000 between September 2011 and September 2012. The figures from the Business Register and Employment Survey are the latest detailed breakdown of employment patterns and provide the benchmark from which the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership measures its progress.

The report shows that private sector employment in the GBSLEP area increased by 19,000, an increase of 2.8% compared with the national average of 1.6%. Read more >

metroCity Council Cabinet give green light to Metro extension

Plans to extend the Midland Metro and regenerate Centenary Square have taken a major step forward after Birmingham City Council’s cabinet approved a £42 million package of investment.

This will be the first major infrastructure project brought forward through the Birmingham City Centre Enterprise Zone Investment Plan, supporting growth and investment in the city centre. Read more >

Sector Skills Champions announced

Five ‘champions’ whose role will be to help the GBSLEP Employment and Skills Board to deliver transformation in employer-led skills provision in key sectors have been appointed.

The Sector Champions will provide leadership within their sectors to engage and inspire employers, providers and learners.

They are Johnnie Turpie, Director of Digital Media at Maverick TV (cultural buzz); Des Correia, Director at Arup (environmental technologies); Tim Jones, Director of Delivery at University Hospital Birmingham (life sciences); David Hardman, CEO of Birmingham Science Park Aston (ICT); and Andy Mueller, MD of Aero Engine Controls (advanced manufacturing. Read more >

News in Brief

Consultation events organised to shape Spatial Plan for Recovery and Growth

A series of events will take place in November and December to give stakeholders across the LEP the chance to shape the Spatial Plan for Recovery and Growth. To find out more about the events, click here >

Skills Show returns to the NEC

The UK’s largest skills and careers event, the Skills Show, returns to the NEC on November 14, 15 and 16. To find out more about the opportunities for employers and learners, click here >