Derby and Derbyshire Skills & Employment Board (D2 SEB) has appointed Martin Broadhurst, Managing Director of Katapult, as its new Chair.

In partnership with Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council the employer led board, which aims to inspire local employers to boost employment and skills opportunities for local young people, has also launched its Action Plan for 2018.

By collaborating with key partners, the delivery of the D2 SEB action plan will be implemented and monitored through the task groups, which are led by the employer board members. The action plan will ensure that skills of young people of all ages in Derby and Derbyshire labour market match the current and future needs of employers.

Martin said:

“I’m delighted to take on the role of chair for the Derby and Derbyshire skills and employment board. We have some long-standing issues in the region, such as low social mobility or the productivity gap against the UK, so we know the challenges that we face locally. It is board’s role is to bring local businesses from our priority sectors, local authorities, training providers and educational institutions together to address these issues. I urge all employers who want to be part of the solution to get in touch, join the board and share their expertise.”

Cllr Sarah Russell, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:

“I’m very pleased to welcome Martin as Chair of the Derby and Derbyshire Skills & Employment Board.  This is an exciting time and Martin brings with him real enthusiasm and experience to the role that can only help our young people.”

The D2 SEB was established in 2014 and has developed to provide an influence by working closely with local partners and stakeholders to ensure employment and skills activity contributes to local economic growth ambitions and guarantees employers from the area to have a voice in Derby and Derbyshire.

The board currently involves a range of businesses including; Katapult, Pentaxia, Federal-Mogul Motorparts, HL Plastics, Toyota, Signal House Group, One to One Support Services, The Yews, Jury’s Inn (East Midlands Airport), Holiday Inn Derby – Riverlights, The Derby Conference Centre, Advanced Roofing, Bowmer and Kirkland, Brighter Directions, Wates Construction, ABC Mobility Holdings and The Arkwright Society.