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Northern Devon Employment & Skills Board

Northern Devon Employment & Skills Board


The Northern Devon Employment and Skills Board is an employer led organisation with a strategic vision to promote and influence Northern Devon’s workforce development with measurable outcomes.

NDESB ensures the needs of employers and potential investors in Northern Devon are understood and communicated with regards to employment and skills issues, thus having a positive impact on the economic wellbeing of the area by identifying and implementing appropriate actions through partners to improve provision and support.

NDESB Key Priorities

To achieve its vision, the NDESB will strive to increase the levels of education and skills within the workforce to foster growth and enable residents to access employment opportunities. Within the NDESB overall strategy to promote and develop a higher skills provision in Northern Devon, retain talent in the area and increase the number of skilled workers, enabling opportunities for investment and growth, four strategic priorities have been identified.

Strategic Priority 1: Ensure that our future workforce is highly skilled and properly prepared and motivated for their future roles both in the workforce and as responsible citizens.

Strategic Priority 2: Ensure that our current workforce is aspirational and, through the ongoing development of their skills, able to make a full contribution to the workforce during their working careers.

Strategic Priority 3: Work with our business community to realise local workforce potential. Challenge Education.

Strategic Priority 4. Increase productivity in Northern Devon to ensure positive impacts on existing business growth and potential inward investment.

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