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Commission publishes first economic report
A COMMISSION tasked with identifying potential economic growth areas in Warrington has published its first report.
The Warrington Skills Commission has highlighted manufacturing, energy, nuclear, construction, communications, logistics and distribution as areas of potential growth within the town.
Led by the council and made up of representatives from the Warrington Chamber of Commerce, NHS, local businesses and the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, the Commission also worked alongside local schools and colleges in order to flag up areas of skills and education that should receive additional resources in the coming months.
These include ICT, science, technology, health and social care and general employability skills.
Cllr Terry O’Neill, leader of Warrington Borough Council said: “This council is wholly committed to encouraging employment opportunities for local people and promoting economic prosperity.
“Now we need to ensure we turn these recommendations into a reality.”
Issues raised at the launch event included local engineering training provision, developing entrepreneurial skills for start-up businesses and improving accessibility to apprenticeships.
As a result, the Warrington Chamber of Commerce is to establish an active skills forum, which, with the help of representatives from local business, skills and education providers, will encourage dialogue about trends whilst strengthen working relationships within the area.
You can find further information and download a copy of the report via warrington.gov.uk/warringtonskillscommission