When founders speak to the Scale up Enabler for the West of England, they very infrequently mention the challenge of Skills and Talent' as a primary topic for conversation. This may be because there are already a significant number of initiaitives in the West of England designed to help solve this problem, or perhaps founders don't see that it is within the realms of possibility that I can help them with it.

What's here to help already?

  • Bristol Calling - a platform, a website, an online hub – call it what you like – an online presence that represents the South West’s Collective Employer Brand with the mission to showcase, feature, share and collate what makes the South West unique and what’s on offer for tech employees considering a move – brought to you by the good people at TechSPARK and leading recruitment agency ADLIB.
  • Women's Tech Hub - works with women and gender non-conforming folks to develop their confidence and skillsets and with companies to create inclusive workplace cultures that welcome currently underrepresented groups.
  • Skills West - a 'one stop' free impartial skills advice service run by colleagues at Business West. We offer solutions to the skills needs in your business.
  • Babbassa - Babbasa is a Bristol-based social enterprise supporting aspiring young people from disadvantaged communities to pursue their professional ambitions.
  • Connect with work
  • Street2Boardroom - designed for young people (18+) and adults who find themselves caught in a range of illegal activities, from selling drugs to theft and robbery, giving them the skills, knowledge and confidence to apply what they have learned from the street – to learn the legal hustle through a 4 week program.
  • Skills at West of England Combined Authority (WECA) - Ensuring people have the opportunities to gain the right skills needed for the jobs that are being created in our region is vital. WECA will have local powers and funding to help ensure this, including (amongst other things) Bright Futures, and Apprenticeship Hub and responsibility for the Adult Education Budget (19+ years) from 2019/20. WECA also tell us that "The West of England has one of the most highly skilled workforces in the country: 42% of graduates choose to remain here, almost 48% of people are educated to degree level and businesses report fewer skills shortages than in the rest of England."

...And I know there are many more that I could think of if I put my mind to it, not least this tremendous google doc collated by Engine Shed and colleagues which includes a list of many of the careers information, advice and guidance support that exists in the region.