Response to Productivity and Skills Commission

The WMCA Productivity and Skills Commission has been set the task of understanding the true extent of the productivity challenge in the West Midlands, identifying the component causes and making recommendations to address the issues identified. The Commission aims to:

  • Understand the component causes of the productivity challenge and the inter-relationships between them
  • Make recommendations as to how these individual causes can be addressed
  • Ensure appropriate plans are developed for the implementation of these recommendations and monitoring systems exist to review their effectiveness.

A Call for Evidence was launched by the Commission, with the deadline of 31st May 2017.  This can be accessed here.

In the Black Country, productivity and skills have been identified as key barriers to growth, and thus the ambition and objectives of the Commission are fully supported by the Black Country LEP.

In order to contribute to the workings of the Commission, we have responded to the call for evidence. We have provided a Black Country LEP response, focused primarily on the productivity strand of the call for evidence, and a Black Country Skills Factory response, focused on the skills strand.