Our achievements in 2015

Working with our partners we have:

RWC Hospitality Training – Purple Cloud Consultancy


  • Successful bid for £53,438
  • 10 courses successfully completed
  • 109% target (256 delegates)
  • Evaluation completed
  • 79% delegates opted to take a free Level 2 qualification
  • Purple Cloud & EHOD ESB combination excellent

REEP – Motiv8-SW


  • Rugby Empowering Employment Programme
  • Very successful and intensive – these young people were the “furthest from the workplace”
  • 13 (93%) young people still engaged
  • BBC Inside Out and Archant feature in September
  • Celebration 29th September – Darts Farm & Midas sponsorship & RWC 2015 tickets– thank you
  • Met with HRH Prince Harry on 7th October


  • MrNickHook-Photography-REEP-9452Making REEP sustainable
  • The Great BEEP Launch 1st October (BEEP charity)
  • Young People ‘stars of the show’
  • Businesses keen to meet young people in person
  • Will need to pursue this effort with your help

Innovation Exeter

Graph showing the findings revealed by the PanSensic Mercury Lens

  • Skills agenda ‘ascending’
  • ESB delighted to be part of Innovation Exeter
  • Ties in with STEM agenda
  • ESB instrumental in saving Big Bang SW for Exeter
  • EHOD Skills Plan Evidence Base a useful for resource

Apprenticeships – National Apprenticeship Service

  • Food preparationy-8979Summit with all local councils and LEP represented
  • Event at River Cottage with new contacts made
  • Further work with Devon and National Apprenticeships contributing to National Apprenticeships Week 2016
  • Disseminated consultation about Employer Levy

Local Employment and Skills in Construction

  • Imperative huge & imminent but a long slow progressGrowth Point Construction
  • Councils asked to co-fund post to facilitate and enforce
  • Interim measures being adopted on piece-meal basisConcordat between councils to adopt same approach


  • Planning to pilot a Carousel ESB Digital ApprenticeshipCosmic tweet photo 2
  • Working on a Digital Strategy
  • Unlocking Big Data – Investing in Human Capital event
  • 3 elements to skills – higher/technical/analytical data – Digital Leadership – digital skills for modern workforce and living

World-class work Experience – Industrial Cadets

  • Pilot of World-class Work Experience with Industrial CadetsExample Silver Level Industrial Cadets(Duke of Edinburgh Award for Work Experience) and Education business Partnership SW
  • To accredit Work Experience at Silver Level 30 hours
  • Flagship activity for work with schools
  • Possibilities to extend to undergraduates and returners

Shared Opportunities for Learning and Development – Michelmores

  • Early stage of developmentSOLD
  • Piloting with Michelmores free places to micro and small businesses (in first 2 years) on in-house courses
  • Plan to roll out across sectors


Social Media – Greater Exeter Skills

  • Blog main communications mechanism and reduction of Screen save of updated with Axminster toolsduplication
  • Link from http://www.exeter.gov.uk
  • GreaterExeterSkills works well and can link to reports
  • More work on branding happening so that work is recognised

Information and Influence


  • Maximising our limited resources to inform and influence
  • Providing pertinent information eg ESIF event
  • Collecting and collating evidence to influence eg DWP and MP select committee.


Exeter and Heart of Devon Employment and Skills Board is an independent body and voice for employers, aiming to improve employment across Devon and beyond.

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