Our priorities and pledges
Education and skills
Priority 2: Offer education opportunities that lead to the right skills and right jobs in the right places
Providing good education and making sure we have the right skills available are incredibly important for maintaining our vibrant economy which currently means we have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the south west.
The Council continues to invest in new schools and work with existing ones to make sure our young people get a high quality education whilst also working with employers to provide development opportunities to those later in life who want to start new careers.
We are currently developing a new reporting process which will allow residents to monitor our progress against our pledge over the coming years. The information will be available once the system is in place.
Pledge 7. In addition to the two new free secondary schools, build one secondary and 13 primary schools to meet the needs of our increasing population.
Pledge 8. Improve educational attainment, in particular at ages 16-19 so we are above the average in England by 2021.
Pledge 9. Increase the number of people starting an apprenticeship in line with the targets in the Apprenticeship Strategy.
Pledge 10. Secure a range of options to access Higher Education in Swindon to drive up attainment.
Pledge 11. Work with partners to increase the level of skills of Swindon’s workforce to support all our residents, including the most vulnerable, to access employment.