27 October 2021 Children and learning

Get involved in shaping the Sussex Local Skills Improvement Plan

Employers are invited to share their experience of local skills gaps and needs in key sectors:

  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Digital
  • Visitor and Cultural Industries
  • Land-based
  • Health and Care

The LSIP project will also examine cross cutting skills needs such as green skills and green tech.

Book a free space at Sussex Chamber’s Local Skills Improvement Workshop on Wednesday 10 November, 1.30-4.30pm at the Jury’s Inn Brighton (by the train station).

Education and training where it's needed

Intelligence will be gathered to inform a plan that accurately reflects the local picture. It will feed back to colleges, universities and providers so they may find solutions to address skills shortages and focus education and training where it’s most needed.
 
Sussex Chamber of Commerce has been chosen by the Department for Education as one of eight Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) trailblazer chambers across the country. They are working with Brighton & Hove City Council, businesses, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), and local skills groups to develop a plan that will make a difference to Sussex’s productivity and prosperity.

Business benefits

Benefits to businesses will include:

  • Improving productivity and filling skills gaps with locally grown talent
  • Creating international competitiveness
  • Increasing economic growth
  • Strengthening links between employers and further education and providers
  • Placing employers at the heart of defining local skills needs
  • Improving the skills system to build an agile and adaptable workforce
  • Supporting people to get the skills the economy needs and give them opportunities to progress in their careers
  • Support for growth industries

A sustainable future

Councillor Hannah Clare, chair of Brighton & Hove’s Children, Young People and Skills committee, says: “To create the future Sussex we need, we have to address key skills gaps in areas like sustainability, digital and engineering.

"The LSIP will play a key role in defining employers’ skills needs and help to ensure our region can produce talented people to fill the jobs we have now and in the future.

“It’s vital that local employers have their say as they know first-hand what kind of labour and skills shortages they face and where education and skills training provision is most needed".

Ana Christie, CEO of Sussex Chamber adds: “Innovation is key to improving productivity and creating highly skills jobs. The LSIP will help make sure the provision of technical training meets the future needs of employers."