We've created a new City Employment & Skills Plan for 2016 to 2020 to show the needs of residents in the city.

The plan recognises that the potential of many of our young people goes unfulfilled and our employment market is enhanced and distorted by the number of graduates in the city. Over 13,000 of our residents get Employment Support Allowance and the number of apprenticeship starts are below neighbouring local authorities. NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) figures are still concerning despite falling in the city.

By 2020, the plan aims to deliver:

  • an increase apprenticeships by at least 1,000 new starts in 1,000 days
  • support 2,000 long term unemployed residents move into sustainable employment
  • secure 3,000 opportunities to help residents develop their skills, experience and career through the Employer Pledge

Download the City Employment & Skills Plan (2016-2020) (PDF 786KB)

The City Management Board will oversee delivery of the plan, through the Learning, Skills & Employment Partnership and report into Greater Brighton City Region governance structures.

Creating the City Employment and Skills Plan 2016 to 2020

To create the plan, we consulted with nearly 200 stakeholders at two events and carried out an online survey (completed by approximately 170 respondents). We carried out research into best practice across the UK as well as local expertise, statistics and data. 

City Employment and Skills Plan 2011 to 2014

The previous City Employment and Skills Plan ran from 2011 to 2014 with three priorities

  • promote the city’s employment and skills needs to internal and external partners and agencies
  • support the creation of at least 6,000 new jobs by 2014
  • ensure that local residents are equipped to compete for jobs in the city’s labour market.

Download the City Employment & Skills Plan 2011 to 2014 (PDF 1.67MB)