Businesses, schools and government all have an increasingly key role to play in overcoming the skills gap. With many businesses concerned that they will not be able to attract and retain the employees they need in the future, particularly those with high level skills and in important sectors such as manufacturing and engineering, it is clear that business and education need to work much more closely together if we are going to solve these problems.
Here in East Sussex, we need a skills system which is responsive to the needs of business and which supports residents to fulfil their potential. We will achieve this by:
- Achieving better alignment of skills provision to meet local employer needs
- Increasing the number of people in the workforce with high level skills
- Improving work readiness, including soft and basic skills
Skills East Sussex is the county’s strategic body for employment and skills. The group aims to drive an improvement in local employment and skills in order to increase economic prosperity in East Sussex.
Launched in November 2015, the Enterprise Adviser Programme is helping boost careers education and is intended to support economic growth. East Sussex County Council continues to encourage schools to sign up to the Programme which sees schools matched with local businesses. Those taking part already recognise how important it is that students are given the best possible advice and support when it comes to choosing and working towards their future careers.
The Enterprise Advisers are a volunteer network drawn from local businesses to work with schools and colleges across the county.
Schools or businesses wanting to participate in the scheme can find out more by visiting the website above or by email to EnterpriseCoordinator@eastsussex.gov.uk
Across Wealden and East Sussex there are many training and learning opportunities available to businesses. Please visit the East Sussex County Council website for information.
The Sussex Chamber of Commerce provides practical, short training courses targeted at a wide variety of business needs.
Sussex Downs College provides first aid, IT skills and management techniques which are just a selection of the bespoke business training courses available.
eDEAL is your local enterprise agency providing courses especially for start-up businesses.
Pro-actions are results focused business coaches who help business owners address their issues, improve their results and kick start growth. Offering FREE business seminars on a variety of topics essential to helping businesses achieve their potential, for upcoming events please visit their website.
The University of Brighton runs the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships programme – a national government scheme which provides up to 67 per cent grant funding to enable companies to become more innovative, competitive and profitable by engaging in knowledge transfer with universities