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SELEP launch new skills strategy for the South East

A new five-year strategy to develop the skilled workforce needed to help the South East LEP area to continue to grow and play its vital role in the UK economy has been agreed the LEP.

Developed in partnership with local business and skills boards and supporting the Government’s Industrial Strategy and new national Careers Strategy, the SELEP blueprint is an employer and evidence-led statement of the skills and employment priorities needed to drive productivity and growth across the LEP area.


Welcoming the strategy, Christian Brodie, Chair of SELEP, highlighted the challenges facing the area with the current population of 4.2 million predicted to grow to nearly 5 million by 2039 and more than 300,000 new homes planned between now and 2030, putting particular pressure on the construction sector.

“The growth throughout the area means employers across a range of sectors are seeing shortages of skilled recruits,” said Christian. “In addition to challenges facing the construction sector, employers across the LEP area have advertised more than 7,500 nursing vacancies, 4,000 care worker positions and nearly 8,000 programmers and web developer roles in the past year alone.

“It is also important to remember that for all the perceived wealth of the South East we have some of the most deprived areas nationally, particularly in our rural and coastal communities, where we need to help people enter and progress in the labour market.

"We need local people to develop the skills necessary to support regeneration and growth.”

The Skills strategy will be formally launched on 21 August 2018 at East Kent College Group’s new construction facility in Folkestone. To attend please contact 

For more information visit SELEP website. To take part in an FSB Skills 30:30 workshops where businesses network with students, book here.