Attendees including Experian, BioCity and the Nottingham Hospitality Association (NHA) were just some of around 50 guests at the first business breakfast of 2018 hosted by Nottingham Partners, an arm of Marketing NG, the official Place Marketing Organisation PMO for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
The headline speaker; James Whybrow, Vice Principal at Nottingham College, focused on the key skill gaps which Nottingham College intends to address through collaboration between the business community and education providers.
Mr Whybrow showcased visuals for the proposed £60m development of the new Skills Hub on Canal Street, Broadmarsh East at the Southern Gateway to the city.
This symbolic new signature building will be a catalyst for implementing an ‘employment led vision’ for future skills ahead of its opening in 2020. Mr Whybrow said that the College was putting ‘employability’ at the forefront of its future vision.
The College has a key role, educating 7,000 16-18 year olds each year and also has an ambition to train the 12,000 people currently with no qualifications to learn basic level skills was presented, alongside a clear ambition grow digital skills and apprenticeships.
Brendan Moffett, Chief Executive of Marketing NG said: “Nottingham Partners helps inform the business community about major developments and initiatives so they can give the necessary input to shape long term prosperity for the local population.
“We are running a number of these events throughout 2018 to stimulate further positive discussion and most importantly clear actions to the benefit of the city and county.”
Councillor Sam Webster, Portfolio Holder for Business, Education and Skills at Nottingham City Council, added: “Nottingham is a city with strong traditions of skills-based industry, from lace making to manufacturing bicycles and as demand for digital skills increases in our modern workplaces, it is vitally important that we prepare our workforce for these new challenges.
“The Broadmarsh area redevelopment is key to promoting further growth in the city, and not just in the present with the changing landscape of the car park, bus station, shopping centre and road space: the work the new Nottingham College City Hub will do is vital to equipping our young people with the right skills for the future job market.
“Nottingham City Council therefore fully supports the creation of a new and integrated Nottingham College facility and welcomes this opportunity to help young Nottingham residents, especially those who face barriers to employment, to increase their digital skills and prepare themselves for employment.
“This ensures we meet our ongoing commitments to improving education and skills and continues to build strong links between business and education, making Nottingham a thriving digitally-enabled economy which provides jobs and prosperity for local people.”
For more information about Nottingham Partners and upcoming events visit www.nottinghampartners.co.uk
Image (l-r): Richard Donovan (Experian), James Whybrow (Nottingham College), Brendan Moffett (Marketing NG), Robert Dixon (Nottingham City Council), Glenn Crocker (BioCity)