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The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) aims to create the conditions for enterprise to flourish resulting in greater economic prosperity across the Black Country area.
It will do this through facilitation and co-ordination of actions by private, public and voluntary sector organisations with a focus on stimulating the drivers of economic development education & skills development and infrastructure & environmental enhancements.
Outcomes from these collective actions are focussed on increasing the levels of employment, improving the levels of businesses operating within the area, modernisation and diversifying the business base, up skilling across the workforce, which will all contribute to the Black Country LEP's Key Performance Measure of closing the Black Country's productivity gap, which was sized at about £6b (€7.14b p.a) in 2010.
The functions performed by the Black Country LEP are set within two main sections: Business, and People & skills.
Additionally, research from the European Intelligence unit (EIU) has found that there is need to further develop skills of unemployed, current workforce and future workforce. In order to facilitate through these objectives, Black Country LEP works through different activities and schemes, including apprenticeships, upskilling the workforce, skills for unemployed and skills for young people.