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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