40,000 young people have been supported to improve their employment and skills opportunities through an employer-led board aiming to ensure local employers have a leading voice for improving employment and skills opportunities at a local level.

The Derby & Derbyshire Skills and Employment Board (D2 SEB) is chaired by Graham Mullholland from epm: technology group and currently consists of employers from a range of private sector businesses such as: Pentaxia, Katapult, Advanced Roofing, One to One Support Services, Toyota, Acclaim Housing Group, Greenbank Group UK and Bowmer & Kirkland. There are also key representative bodies that sit on the board including Councillor Sarah Russell, Derby City Council cabinet member for Education and Skills.

Initiated by D2N2 LEP and advocated Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council, the D2 SEB is an important resource to move the skills agenda forward and ensure there is appropriate employer ownership and leadership to steer opportunities for local young people. The D2 SEB also works closely with local partnerships, to ensure employment and skills activity contributes to the local economic growth ambitions.

Graham Mulholland, CEO of epm: technology group, said:

“It is important that the business community has a voice in shaping the skills agenda, and although the D2 SEB has taken time to form and mature, it is now in a great position to move forward. Our annual report reflects this and business leaders should now be confident to join in and have a voice.”

The role of D2 SEB members is to contribute strategic direction to ensure employer demand and skills supply are co-ordinated in the most effective manner to enable growth and tackle the skills gap identified by the employers.

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

“We’re passionate about improving opportunities for young people in the city to gain new skills and have more employment opportunities. It’s fantastic to have the Derby & Derbyshire Skills and Employment Board so employers are directly involved and pushing this agenda forward.”

If you are an employer in the D2 area who is passionate about developing local talent and shaping the local skills agenda, please contact Mohammed Arfan (D2 SEB Coordinator) by email Mohammed.Arfan@derby.gov.uk.