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The West of England’s first Jobs & Skills Summit takes place next week, 5 – 9 July.

This was a key manifesto pledge from new Metro Mayor, Dan Norris. During the week, he will meet people across the region and hear their views on jobs and skills opportunities and concerns. This will include students, apprentices and workers whose careers have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

A series of free online events will also be available for residents during and following the week, with information on apprenticeships, wellbeing and careers support. Feedback from the summit will help the Mayor and the Combined Authority develop future support for residents.

Find out more here or read on below for the week's events. 

Monday 5 July - Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. 

On Monday, Metro Mayor Dan Norris will visit pupils, students and apprentices at Southmead Hospital and at the Institute of Coding at the University of Bath, to talk to them about education and training. 

He will also meet Gemsec Security Systems in Hengrove, who have taken on an apprentice for the first time.

Residents can tune in to a free online apprenticeship myth-busting session from Alex Richards from Western Training Provider Network and find out all about apprenticeships and how apprenticeships have changed to fit the modern workplace.
Find out more on our website.

Tuesday 6 July - Overcoming barriers to work 

For many in the region, developing the right skills to access high quality jobs is a challenge. At local projects run by Women Work Lab CIC, Seetec Pluss and South Gloucestershire Community Learning, Dan will talk to people who are returning to work or getting work-ready, about some of the barriers they have faced.

You can also join Seetec Pluss for an online session on digital employability, health and wellbeing.

Hear stories from local people about their journeys progressing into work, and discover what local support is available to help build skills and gain employability.

Work, wellbeing and feeling good session (12 noon – 3pm)

Thursday 8 July - Future jobs
The West of England is well-placed to lead in growing sectors including green energy and digital skills.

At Weston College, Dan will meet trainees in health tech and
high-tech construction before moving on to the S&B Automotive Academy in Bedminster to hear from students working on future electric vehicles.  The Metro Mayor will also meet young people developing the skills to tackle the region's ecological emergency at Windmill Hill City Farm.
Businesses are invited to join the West of England Combined Authority and our skills and training partners for the launch of the Digital Skills Investment Programme - a £2.5m programme to address the region's digital skills needs.

Developing digital skills in the West of England session (12 noon – 2pm)
Friday 9 July - Recovery & Reopening

Some sectors like hospitality have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic. 

Dan will meet students at City of Bath College in Radstock, and people working in the hospitality sector to talk about the challenges they face, including chefs at Bristol’s Breaking Bread. 

He’ll also meet people supported by the Future Bright programme to find out about the difference career coaching has made to them.

Our Future Bright career coaching service helps people to develop their skills and boost their careers. The Future Bright career coaches will be running a free online session packed with tips to support you on your career journey. 

Future Bright – take your next step session (12 noon) 


The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) covers
Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
WECA also supports the Local Enterprise Partnership and
Joint Committee, which includes North Somerset.

Our mailing address is:
West of England Combined Authority, 3 Rivergate, Temple Way, Bristol BS1 6ER

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