What the RDAs do
A well-developed and properly balanced skills mix is an essential prerequisite to sustainable economic growth in any region. RDAs work with delivery partners and businesses to ensure each regional workforce has the skills required to meet the needs of its regional economy. In the last financial year, RDAs provided over 190,000 opportunities for people to learn new skills.
Driving up the Skills Plan
In November 2003, a unique partnership between Ford and the London Development Agency, together with Barking and Havering Further Education Colleges and London Riverside Limited, established the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME) at Dagenham in Essex. The Prime Minister opened the facility, whose aim is to encourage a diverse, socially inclusive and innovative range of learning activities to build engineering, manufacturing and business capabilities at the heart of the Thames Gateway. Eventually, the Centre will support 1,000 students and 120 staff in a 14,870 square metre learning centre, using power from Britain's largest installation of solar panels.