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Issue 6 | December 2014

People Group - Information about the People Group including terms of reference, meeting minutes and research reports is available on the LEP website.  Please visit regularly to keep up to date.

European Structural and Investment Funds Strategy (EU SIF) - The People Group is still open for feedback in relation to the prioritisation of activities within the EU SIF. If you would like to make a comment, then please email Rosie Bates.

About the Skills Newsletter
Produced by the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership's People Group, this monthly newsletter aims to keep people informed of current news and activity.

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership is a strong and dynamic partnership between the private sector, local authorities, universities and further education across Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay with the purpose of leading and influence economic growth, job creation and prosperity across the Heart of the South West.
Welcome to the December edition of the Heart of the South West (HotSW) Skills Newsletter.

This month we are launching the Big Data conference which will take place in January.

The event aims to help the Heart of the South West area to realise its Big Data potential by shaping the conversation and coming together to define the focus for our investment in Big Data Human Capital.

We've also included a follow up to the successful Employment and Skills event held in November.

Please contact us if you have any news you would like us to include in future editions of the newsletter.

Stephen Criddle, Chair, HotSW LEP People Group, LEP Board member, Principal and CEO, South Devon College.

Book your place - Unlocking Big Data: Investing in Human Capital

A free interactive conference has been planned for 28th January 2015.

Featuring a range of industry specialist keynote speakers, the event aims to help the Heart of the South West realise its Big Data potential to shape the conversation, examine the skills we need to invest in and define the focus for potential future funding proposals.

The event will include opportunities to meet the Heart of the South West’s Big Data community in one of the world’s leading Big Data organisations.

Aimed at Big Data practitioners, businesses, learning and training providers and graduate and post graduate aspiring and practicing data scientists, the event will take place at The Met Office.

Places are limited and restricted to one per organisation or one per department in large organisations. They will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and as demand is likely to be high, early booking is recommended.
  • Date: Wednesday 28th January 2015
  • Time: 08:45 to 16:00 (GMT)
  • Venue: Met Office, Exeter
To book your place and to find out more please click here.

Update on Employment and Skills Conference

Thank you to everyone who attended the employment and skills conference last month.

The event was full subscribed and attended by over 120 organisations, businesses and individuals from across the area with an interest in the LEP’s ‘People’ theme – Employment, Skills and Social Inclusion.

Hosted by the Heart of the South West LEP People Group, the event included workshops, the chance to ask questions and an opportunity to provide input and ideas into the future commissioning of work in this area.

The workshops were a helpful way of gathering information and feedback on employment and skills within the area and this information is now being collated.

The presentations and feedback from the conference are available from the HotSW website, along with
an FAQ document.

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