Skills Events

Skills West workshops

Bringing business and training providers together to help build a sustainable and more resilient workforce in the West of England.

Join us at our skills events so we can understand and advise on your skills challenges, connect you with education providers to facilitate training in your workforce, and get you thinking about developing the skills of people in your business.

Future Skills Workshops

Have your say about the future of skills in your sector and hear from guest speakers on valuable skills topics. We run regular events throughout the year aimed at different sectors so you should be able to find a topic relevant to your business. 


Future Skills - Talent Management, Succession Planning and Apprenticeships,

PWC, Bristol
At this breakfast workshop we'll be joined by Victoria Chidgey from Clever HR who will help us explore succession plans and the benefit that developing your existing staff and talent management can bring to your business. We will also discuss how apprenticeships can support with succession planning and the growth aspirations of your business. There will be a chance for you to share your views as well in brief, facilitated round table discussions

Future Skills - The Impact of Data in your Business

Engine Shed, Bristol
How do you make sure your business is fit for a data driven future? What are the tools you can use, the skills you need and where you should you focus your time in the future?
At this event we will hear from businesses who understand the data challenge and can give you tips and tricks from what they have learnt to help the future of your organisation.

 Next Generation Careers: 2017 Review - The Future of Employment and Skills

 In partnership with the West of England LEP, Business West, through our Skills West Programme, has been working with businesses in the region to understand the skills and training needs across all sectors now, and for the next generation.

We'd now like to present an overview of our collated findings with you and show where we are going next. You'll gain up-to-date information to share with individuals and help shape your organisation's future thinking and planning over the next year.

We will present our 12 Local Sector Skills Statements and up-to-the-minute findings from our 2017 Business Skills and Training Survey. You'll hear from local employers and apprentices about how they work with training providers and gain advice for making it a successful partnership. You will also receive a copy of the 12 Local Sector Skills Statements and have the chance to find out;

  • What the skills needs and challenges are for the region
  • What curriculum and careers advice support is out there
  • How the education landscape is responding
  • How the business landscape is responding

There are currently four events planned. To find out more and book, click on the relevant link below.

 Skills Advice Clinics

Our Skills Advice Clinics are run regularly and give businesses the chance to come and chat one to one with a Business Skills Adviser. They can help identify skills gaps within your business and connect you with local and national training providers to ensure you get the most relevant, quality training.


Skills Clinic - The Hive

  • How to get started

    Chat to one of our skills advisers today about your skills gaps. Call us on 0330 124 4446.

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  • Thank you to everyone at Business West for running the Future Skills Workshop. It was really engaging and inspirational, and I look forward to attending the next stage in July!
    Jeremy P. Howson
    Tax Manager at Grant Thornton