“Our priorities are clear and unequivocal and lay down the challenge to providers to work in partnership with business to address the skills shortages through targeted capital investment and curriculum innovation and design.”

Graham Razey, SELEP Board Member for FE & Skills

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, the focus of our skills activity includes:

  • Managing the relationship with the Skills Funding Agency, particularly relating to Skills Capital and EU processes
  • Co-ordinating development of our SELEP Skills Strategy to support further funding bids
  • Progressing Growth Deal commitments
  • Pressing for further influence over skills funding and for greater freedom and flexibility