One of the key aims of the Enterprise Zone is the attraction of 22,000 jobs over its lifespan. Though businesses in the area will span a range of sectors, the project has a particular focus on the hi-tech, low carbon, creative and digital and professional services industries.
In order for businesses in the Enterprise Zone and wider city to thrive, they will need a skilled and engaged workforce. In order to secure this, there are a number of projects and initiatives underway:
- Employment and skills requirements are embedded in council contracts wherever possible;
- WORKS: a council scheme to connect education providers with Bristol businesses championing specific sectors and focussing on young people and more deprived communities;
- A new secondary school is planned in or near the zone.
A number of businesses in the Enterprise Zone also offer training and mentoring relating to the key sectors. Some are listed below, in alphabetical order:
- boomsatsuma: creative skills training courses for young people
- Bristol 24/7: digital and print magazine that offers mentoring and work placements
- Burges Salmon: annual apprenticeship scheme run by a top law firm
- Develop Me: digital skills training and work placements
- First Intuition: accountancy training provider
- OVO Energy Foundation: construction and coding initiatives for young people
- RockSteady Training: educational and vocational construction training for 14-16 year olds
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