Welcome from Monica Fogarty

Hello and a very warm welcome to the September edition of Warwickshire Means Business – a special edition with emphasis on the wonderful work of Warwickshire Skills Hub. 

The Skills Hub is a fantastic team which forms a bridge between employers and young people and all those who are seeking work. Under the inspirational leadership of Fay Winterburn, they really go above and beyond to match people with worthwhile careers and a future destination that will work for them.  

I know how much the Team’s work is valued by those people and also by our businesses who know they are gaining recruits with the right skills and who are genuinely interested in building a career. 

What sets the Skills Hub team apart is the way they listen to people and understand their wishes and hopes and aspirations, so they can help them find the right directions. For Fay and her team, it’s not just a job, it’s a vocation, as you find with so many of Warwickshire County Council’s staff and services. They just want to do the very best for the people of Warwickshire and are thoroughly invested in getting the best outcomes for all types of people looking for work. 

Also, in this edition of Warwickshire Means Business, we are delighted to launch the £900,000 Future Skills programme which will underpin a range of new projects for the next three years. As part of that programme, we unveil a brand-new role - Future Skills Business Advisor.  

We welcome the Careers Hub team into our fold, in a move which will further integrate careers provision across our County. We also report an extension to the very successful Ukrainians Working in Warwickshire Programme, hear the uplifting story of Jay’s life being turned around by an Inclusive Industry Tour, and feature the new Coventry and Warwickshire Redundancy Support Service.  

Please do visit the Skills Hub website for full details of the vast range of support that they offer. 

This edition is not all Skills though! We also feature Warwickshire’s vibrant food and drink sector, reflect upon the success of the Business Ready programme and hear how WCC’s Local Communities & Enterprise Fund has helped a Rugby business to expand.  

Shipston-on-Stour, where a new energy is infusing the lovely, traditional shops, is the subject of our Talk Up Your Town section while Kim Lynam explains why she would love to see more women join her in the engineering sector

I hope you enjoy all this and much more in the September edition of Warwickshire Means Business. 


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