Creative Junction are a partner for Slough Aspire – a business led skills and training private-public partnership initiative designed to help the local community develop the right employability skills to meet needs of Slough businesses now and in the future. Supported by SEGRO, Europe’s leading owner-manager and developer of industrial property, Slough Borough Council, Learning to Work, East Berkshire College and multinationals including Mars, Ipsen, Lonza, Polycom, O2, RIM: Blackberry, FSB. www.sloughaspire.com
In today’s knowledge economy, communities need to invest not only in the supply of skills but also in the demand for skills. Slough is one of the most successful economies in the UK with a wealth of major international businesses and innovative SMEs. Higher-level skills in Slough are increasingly demanded by the knowledge-based businesses. But with rising mobility and demographic change, it is no longer so simple to invest in a skilled workforce for the future. Actions are needed on a variety of fronts, including attracting and retaining talent, better integrating disadvantaged groups into the labour force, and upgrading the skills of existing workers.
Creative Junction also works closely with Slough Borough Council and the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce. Together as a network, we identify local provision, address gaps and provide rounded support and opportunities around enterprise and start ups.