About The Board

Collectively, we’ve helped to capture images of the universe, land on a comet, design cars used by millions and produce apps for everyday life.

Why we were established

The Essex Employment and Skills Board (ESB) was established in order to give employers a platform to shape skills provision across Essex. By working with large employers, academic institutions, SMEs and local government, the ESB creates solutions to the skills challenges that industries face and helps provide opportunities for people to build long-term careers.

Our mission

To build a productive, responsive and inclusive Essex skills system that delivers growth for local people and employers and is established as a national exemplar.

Through our research, we have identified seven priority sectors which are set for growth and are suffering skills shortages:

  1. Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
  2. Care
  3. Construction
  4. Financial & Related Services
  5. Health
  6. IT, Digital and Creative
  7. Logistics

Our objectives

  • To maintain a robust Essex evidence base for skills and to use this to develop an action plan, annually reviewed by members
  • To continue deployment of local programmes and initiatives to bring about a closer alignment in skills provision and business need  (i.e. funding, programmes, resources) 
  • To build engagement with the wider employer community, ensuring their input in building solutions
  • To secure the ESB’s place as central in EU, national and local funding decisions and opportunities  

Our Priorities

  • Priority 1 – Increase effective local partnerships between educators, providers and employers
  • Priority 2 – Develop a balanced approach to skills across Greater Essex to ensure volumes and concentrations of need are met
  • Priority 3Improve the perception and understanding of the careers pathways within priority sectors to encourage local people to enter them
  • Priority 4 – Increase opportunities for local people to gain and demonstrate crucial employability skills such as time keeping, numeracy and literacy
  • Priority 5 – Be a prominent voice for Essex employers in how funding is used for skills and employment support, such as the devolution process  
  • Priority 6Ensure a high level of national, SELEP and local visibility to galvanise and inspire partners
  • Priority 7  - Galvanising the ESB’s Sector Action Groups and partnerships to achieve real change and address cross sector barriers
  • Priority 8 -  To assist growth through supporting areas such as entrepreneurialship, export, international trade  and infrastructure