Rural Lincolnshire Skills and Enterprise Hub is an active, informal, no-cost collaboration of a growing number of East Lincolnshire-based businesses. Facilitated by SkillsReach in partnership with East Lindsey District Council (ELDC) and other ad hoc funded support, the Hub involves over East Lindsey businesses sharing information on skills and business development and also collaborating over training initiatives to ensure that training remains local and affordable for businesses in this isolated, sparsely populated area.
The Hub developed from an initial ELDC / SkillsReach project that sought to identify the priority skills needs for the important group of manufacturing/production businesses that are critical to East Lindsey. This exercise identified very low demand and supply of workforce development support available locally and sought to build partnerships and collaborations over skills and business support. The Hub’s initial priorities were established as:
- Local business collaboration : working together / sharing good practice
- Local business leadership : identifying our skills issues / not just responding
- Better skills investment : lowering costs / increasing return / increasing funding
- Better connections : with each other / with funders / trainers / policy-makers
Rural Lincolnshire Enterprise Hub is now established as a key catalyst for skills development in East Lindsey, with approximately 50 businesses engaged (including most of the larger local employers) and a vibrant quarterly network meeting, hosted by businesses in rotation and regular shared skills programmes in areas as diverse as LEAN Thinking, Management, First Aid and neuro-linguistic programming. In particular, the Hub has attracted significant levels of local skills investment which has taken place in the district, reducing cost and increasing opportunities. It has also aligned strategically with national and local funding opportunities to maximise engagement and public funding support.