Future Skills Sussex Conversation

We are taking a Sussex-wide approach to skills related conversations with businesses.

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Through our conversation theme we aim to:

  • Enable change.
  • Promote and facilitate collaboration with education and skills providers.
  • Understand workforce challenges and skills needs.
  • Embed the role of business in the development of an appropriately skilled Sussex workforce.
  • Encourage and support businesses investment in the training and development of employees.
  • Monitor impact of the LSIP on employer skills needs.

The partners

The Sussex Chamber of Commerce is the lead for this theme, and we are working with the following core partners to coordinate with and add value to existing 'skills conversations' with businesses.

Our activity

Through research and analysis, consultation and planning workshops we developed a set of recommended actions which form part of a 3-year action plan for each Framework theme.

The overarching recommended actions for Conversation are:

  • Carry out mapping activity to understand what conversations are already happening. Define what ‘coordination’ looks like and identify what the gaps are.
  • Develop a Sussex-wide ‘approach’ to sector-based conversations and collaboration to bring about change.
  • Embed a focus on equality, diversity and inclusion in business engagement to understand good practice and promote opportunities.
  • Raise awareness of and build engagement in local and regional skills initiatives.

View the full action plan here.

Project News

NetZero and Green Skills Research

The LSIP team is working with Clean Growth UK, at University of Brighton, on a project around NetZero and Green Skills.

This project is part of our actions with the LSIP Improvement Framework under the Intelligence theme to ‘Build on the sector deep dives with a particular focus on skills for NetZero and climate change; and equality, diversity and inclusion’.

The activities of the research project include:

  • conversations with partners and organisations that work in the NetZero/green skills arena to discuss skills needs
  • areas of current good practice within businesses
  • development of case studies that can help businesses identify steps they can be taking themselves
  • green skills provision/programmes across Sussex (and regionally/nationally)
  • Identify national/local policy and support for businesses regarding green skills/NetZero

If you would be interested in knowing more about this project or being interviewed as part of the research please email us at skills@sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk.

Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) research

Over the coming months the LSIP team will be working on a small project to build on the sector deep dives we’ve already undertaken, with a particular focus of improving Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) knowledge and understanding in businesses to improve workforce skills and practices to recruit and retain staff.

Our aim is to delve deeper into the realms of Equalities, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) within the local business community to:

  • Research and report on examples of good practice in local businesses
  • Provide a shared resource of useful tools and information to assist businesses in enhancing their EDI approaches.
  • Offer access to valuable local and national EDI data to inform business strategies and thinking.

Why does Equality Diversity and Inclusion matter to your business?

We believe that fostering a diverse and inclusive environment is not just morally right but also commercially astute. It's about shaping a future that values everyone's contribution and provides equal opportunities for growth and success.

Call for collaboration

We are reaching out to ask for your involvement and support in this pivotal project. Your insights, experiences, and practices could greatly contribute to the richness and utility of our research.

Specifically, we are looking for:

  • Examples of good practice - do you have success stories or initiatives within your organisation that have made a real difference in EDI? We'd love to hear and possibly feature them in our report.
  • Examples of existing initiatives - we’d like to hear about initiatives that support businesses to develop a greater understanding of various aspects of EDI, such as neurodiversity.
  • Resources and toolkits - if you have or know of any tools, resources, or online information that have been particularly helpful in advancing EDI within your business, please share them with us.
  • Data contribution - any data or insights that you feel could contribute to a broader understanding of EDI in the local context would be invaluable.

If you would be interested in knowing more about this project or being interviewed as part of the research please email us at skills@sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk.

Learner Focus Project Findings

We are pleased to share our recent Learner Focus Project report with our partners and businesses across the Sussex area.

The following report contains background, key findings and suggested actions from a short project that was undertaken due to a gap we identified in our intelligence during the development of the LSIP report. Throughout the LSIP process we have spoken to employers and providers but had not yet engaged with learners. The aim was to undertake a series of workshops with learners and adults seeking employment in order to hear their views on employability skills and future employment.

In order to undertake the project, we worked in collaborate with LSIP partners and providers, including colleges, universities and Restart providers (a support programme for unemployed adults) across the Sussex area in order to speak with their learners. In addition, we were invited to speak with the Youth Hub in the Brighton & Hove area and the Connected Futures project being run by CXK in Hastings.

We would like to thank all these organisations that were involved and supported this project.

The link to the report can be found on our Resources page.

Any feedback or queries regarding this project please contact us at skills@sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk

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