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Economy, Infrastructure and Skills

With pride. With purpose. With you.

Economy, Infrastructure and Skills brings together a range of statutory and non-statutory services that help create thriving, prosperous and healthy places in Staffordshire.

Areas covered in this directorate are:

Highways and Built County

The role of the Built County team is to enable the sustainable development, improvement and management of Staffordshire’s built infrastructure in order to ensure it plays its part in achieving the desired outcomes for elected Members, residents and the business community. These efforts include:

  • the provision of infrastructure to support economic growth;
  • managing the highway network to enable the safe and efficient movement of people and goods;
  • creating inspirational and proud places to live;
  • and providing the warmest of welcomes for visitors and investors. 

Connected and Sustainable County

The Connected and Sustainable County Team is responsible for; developing Staffordshire’s connectivity strategy, providing support for connectivity and procuring transport when required whilst working closely with the commercial transport providers. The team also manages Staffordshire’s waste to resource functions and leads on Staffordshire’s sustainability strategy. 

Skills and Employability

The skills and employability team ensures that young people and adults get the training and skills to ensure they can have a successful career and that employers have the right skills to help their business be competitive. This service commission’s careers guidance for Staffordshire’s young people, ensures 16-18 year old get a place in education and training, which includes commissioning specialist provision for SEN students aged 16-25 year olds.

We also commission community learning, skills provision and apprenticeships for 10,000 Staffordshire residents each year in a range of leisure, employability and vocational courses. This helps people enjoy an active healthy life and provide helps provide them with the employability skills to get a job and progress in work.

The service works with employers to ensure they have access to the skills they need, especially the employment and training of apprentices. To do this we support the Local Enterprise Partnership’s Education Trust and take a lead in supporting the delivery of its skills strategy and programme of investment.

Business and Enterprise

The Business and Enterprise County team is responsible for delivering a range of economic regeneration and regulatory services including the delivery of a significant European funded investment programme, a capital programme consisting of  strategic employment sites and buildings, emerging housing strategy and delivery, managing enterprise centres and the portfolio of county farms, attracting businesses to Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, promoting and supporting the tourism agenda and providing a number of business support services including the Staffordshire Business Loans Scheme. The team also provides a comprehensive service in terms of planning development control, waste and minerals strategy/policy development and regulation.

As part of the Senior Leadership team, the Director for Economy, Infrastructure and Skills, Darryl Eyers, works with elected Members and public, private and third sector partners and communities to harness the county’s resources to deliver a strong economy. This, underpinned by the right infrastructure, benefits everyone and leads to improved health, prosperity and happiness for local people and communities.

Culture, rural and safer communities

In Culture, Rural and Safer Communities, we work to encourage and enable Staffordshire communities to be active, creative and engaged within safe, sustainable, accessible and culturally rich and diverse environments. We do this through our libraries, our Archive and Heritage Service, Country Parks, Rights of Way and Green spaces. We want people to enjoy accessing our culture, heritage and natural environment, and be able to access a range of activities and opportunities which raise aspirations. We also aim to engage our communities in informal learning, and support their social, recreational and health needs.

Roles you’ll find in this business unit are Librarian, Archivist, Rangers, Trading Standards Officers, Environmental Advisors and more. 

For more information about Darryl Eyers, the Director for Economy, Infrastructure and Skills and his Leadership Team, visit Darryl Eyers - Staffordshire County Council.

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