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Employers invited to have their say on university level skills provision

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Paddy Bradley of SWLEPPaddy Bradley of SWLEPEmployers in Swindon and Wiltshire are being invited to have their say on university level skills provision.

Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership has identified the need for a higher skilled workforce across the region in order to meet the increasing employer demand for people in jobs requiring University level qualifications.

By 2026, the Partnership wants Swindon and Wiltshire to be renowned for innovation, entrepreneurialism and a great quality of life.

One of the SWLEP’s priorities for investment is to enable an appropriately skilled and competitive workforce to achieve the area's growth ambitions.

A Higher Education Strategy is being developed so that the Partership can shape a more comprehensive higher education offer in the area and enable more residents to gain the University level skills that employers need.

Paddy Bradley, director of the Partnership, said: "This is a great opportunity for employers to have their say and contribute to the evidence on University level skills needs and solutions moving forward.

"Employers are key to the development of the strategy, the more employers we hear from, the more robust the evidence will be.”

World-leading semiconductor manufacturing company IXYS UK is one of the companies working with the Higher Futures team to enable them to develop the skills they need to innovate and grow their business.

Phil Townsend, IXYS UK’s Company Secretary and member of the SWLEP skills and talent sub group, said: “Ideas and people are key to a growing, innovative and more productive businesses.

"This is why IXYS UK supports the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership in its development of a Higher Education strategy and we would encourage your business to take part in the employer survey as well.”

Business owners are invited to take a 10-minute online survey about the needs of their organisation at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SWLEPEmployers