The East of England Rural Forum (EERF)

Rural Learning and Skills Conference 2006

Regenerating Rural Communities by Focusing on Skills

The 2006 Conference brought together representatives from key regional and local agencies to discuss the future of rural areas in the East of England and the East Midlands and to focus on the need for rural dwellers to develop new skills in order to regenerate rural communities.

The conference, organised jointly by the East of England Rural Forum and the East Midlands Rural Affairs Forum, examined how skills programmes can be developed in rural areas to support:

  • New industries in rural areas and the transition of established businesses
  • Migrant workers
  • Skills for life
  • Sustainability and the environment
  • Skills and retraining for older workers
  • Young people

Over 100 delegates attended the conference, which was supported by EEDA, and EMDA , to look at potential skills gaps as well as new employment opportunities in the rural economy. The aim is to deliver a workforce with appropriate skills, which in turn will assist with rural regeneration.

The report of the conference can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

Rural Learning and Skills conference 2006

To view the Presentations and speeches from the event click on the documents below: