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Developing skills for business and careers

Skills development remains at the very heart of our South East LEP strategy for growth which will see 200,000 new jobs created by 2021 and 100,000 additional homes built across East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.

A high quality network of Further Education (FE) Colleges and training providers is vital to achieving this. In driving up skills levels with the SELEP area and in maximising funding.

A new skills strategy

With growth forecast on an unprecedented scale accompanied by factors such as the digital revolution and population increases, employers will require support and clarity to respond. This will mean addressing the spectrum of skills needs from entry level through to higher.

For the SELEP economy to become more productive and for skills levels to improve, many in SELEP’s communities will require additional, in-depth support and facilities. Positively, there is already large-scale commitment to respond to challenges from employers, local authorities, education providers and the voluntary sector. As the largest LEP in the country, this represents a public/private partnership on a significant scale.

Our vision for skills in the South East is to help deliver a flourishing, inclusive economy across the biggest LEP in the country by equipping employers, adults and young people with the skills, conditions and aptitudes required for significant growth today and tomorrow.

South East LEP Skills Strategy 2018-2023

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How we are already responding

Our investment in the skills provision and facilities has been designed to transform deficiencies in the SELEP area, underpin economic growth and support colleges to offer higher value vocational training aligned with those priority skills, which have been identified by employers

  • A Careers Enterprise Network linking education and industry with 160 secondary schools and employers already engaged
  • A £37 million capital programme delivering industry relevant training facilities
  • £51 million of European Social Fund projects supporting people into and in work
  • Piloting new solutions (online pilot, virtual reality)
  • Raising awareness and understanding of apprenticeships
  • Working with industry bodies to respond to growth
  • Supporting government initiatives and engaging in pilots (inclusive employment, digital partnerships)
  • In addition, we’ve launched a new skills-focused website,, containing useful information and the latest news around skills across the region

Find out more about the SELEP Skills Strategy


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Skills Working Group

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Reports & evidence

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European Funding

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