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The Team

The SELEP Skills Team co-ordinates and supports the work of the LEP Skills Advisory Panel and Digital Skills Partnership, also leading on the SELEP Skills Strategy and related work. This includes the £2 million Skills Covid-19 Recovery pot, skills capital, European social funding and skills related data and evidence. The team also work with a range of government departments, sharing best practice and experiences across the LEP.

Louise Aitken
Skills Lead

Louise heads up the skills team and works with a wide range of employers, partners and stakeholders on the skills agenda. Louise has worked in the skills landscape for over 10 years and is passionate about the transformational role it can play in individuals’ lives.

“We’re really lucky to be working with a wide range of committed employers and colleagues in the education and training sector who all want to achieve the best for this area and to build an inclusive economy. This website is a great showcase of some of the work already happening and the support available and it’s also a way for us to share this more widely. This is just the start and we’d welcome contributions – it’s a resource for us all.”


James Wilkinson
Digital Skills Partnership Co-ordinator

Jim supports our Digital Skills Partnership Co-Chairs, Leads and their Working Groups focusing on the DSP’s regional priorities: Support to SMEs and Charities; Digital Inclusion; Support to Educators and Students; Alignment between the regional education offer and industry need; and the development of a Digital Skills Prospectus.

Having also worked in and around skills for more than ten years, Jim’s seen the impact that can be achieved when partners from across the public and private sector come together to tackle issues and now, in the midst of such strange and challenging times, welcomes that same combined effort, from partners across the local Digital Skills Partnership.


Vimbai Foroma
Skills Advisory Panel Support Officer and Data Analyst

Vimbai joined SELEP’s Skills team in October 2019. Vimbai provides local labour market and skills information to members of the LEP Skills Advisory Panel, Skills Working Group and a wide range of partner organisations. This includes demographics, vacancies, apprenticeship data and sector information.

Vimbai is very passionate about data analysis and how it can be utilised by local government, educators, skills providers and employers to inform important and realistic changes to the SELEP area. The website will be an exciting resource and a place where local data about skills and digital skills can be sourced.