Business leaders from across Cheshire joined Macclesfield College in a round table to explore the skills required across the local economy, foster closer collaboration and feed into the strategy for the college.

Chaired by MP David Rutley, the session explored attracting and recruiting talent; developing and retaining skills and the future of the Tech and Digital sectors.

Attendees including CEOs from a variety of organisations including Cheshire East Council, NHS Trusts, Astra Zeneca, Alderley Park, Medicines Discovery Catapult, Small Business Forum, plus Retail and Digital representatives.

Principal and chief executive, Rachel Kay, explains: “We made good progress and some key discussion points highlighted by the businesses were a joint and collaborative approach to celebrating Cheshire East as a great place to live, work and study.

“Retrain and attract was a strong theme and we also discussed the challenges faced by the public sector in competing with the financial package offered by the private sector. The college is committed to raising awareness of the many amazing roles offered by the public sector with high job satisfaction rates and excellent progression opportunities. 

“We’ve invested  in our campus and facilities to ensure we can provide a solid foundation for our students to build their career on. It’s vital that we listen and liaise with industry to ensure our programmes and plans are aligned with their need.

“The CEO round table provides a forum for business leaders to share their experiences and highlight ways in which the college can support them. We also are keen for industry to support our students with enriched learning experiences We have a strong thread of employability that runs through the College ethos.”

David Rutley, MP, adds: “It was an honour to chair the CEO Round Table event at Macclesfield College. The meeting was an important opportunity to discuss the concerns and priorities of leading local stakeholders, as we work to move forward from the pandemic. I look forward to continuing to work with the College and the attendees on this vital agenda over the months ahead.”

Macclesfield College governors Ed Kennedy and Ian Cass joined the discussion to represent the Small Business sector and the retail sector respectively.