About Skills Launchpad Plymouth

2020 will long be remembered as the year that the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world, hard.

The effects of the pandemic will remain with us for some time to come. It’s changed the way we live from the ways that we socialise through to travel and how we work. It's challenged our physical and mental health well-being, and worryingly, has impacted on people’s income and future employment prospects.

Many people have already experienced redundancy, whilst others are uncertain about their current work situation. For those just starting out in the world of work such as our school and college leavers, it’s a daunting time as their plans and aspirations face uncertainty. 

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Investing in our people through skills

Our city has always been forward-looking and plans are underway to support Plymouth businesses, our communities and its people to get back on their feet by investing in skills following the devastating impact of Covid-19.


We will do this by fully understanding the skills needed by our local employers both today and in the future, and help our local people to become better informed and equipped about these opportunities, able to access the right skills to help move forward into meaningful employment and achieve positive skills outcomes. 

Our Partners

Led by Plymouth City Council, in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions and city wide skills training and advice partners, we are seeking to join up the right skills and training offer at a local level so that Plymouth people can easily access support to improve their employment prospects.  


Skills Launchpad Plymouth complements the Heart of the South West Skills Launchpad which aims to improve the employment, training and careers opportunities for all in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.
See the training resources and the Virtual Careers Fair here.

With thanks to all our partners for helping us create and deliver Skills Launchpad Plymouth.

Meet the Team



Skills Lead

Emma joined the team in October 2015 and currently works as Skills Lead for Plymouth City Council. She works across Skills Launchpad Plymouth and Building Plymouth.


Emma has taken Skills Launchpad Plymouth from inception to creation and continues to work hard with skills stakeholders across the city.

Working on behalf of the Building Plymouth project sponsors, she is responsible for increasing awareness about the career opportunities across construction and the built environment, connecting local people with employers and leading activities to increase skilled labour including managing local Employment and Skills Plans.

Working with Building Plymouth sponsors, Emma has pioneered Road the Mayflower projects for Plymouth including Mayflower Forest , Polish Bridge on Gdynia Way and the Arts Panels on the Embankment.

Launch your skills journey here!
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Youth Hub


If you are 16-24 years old, or a parent/ guardian.