Future Skills Sussex Talent

We are taking a collaborative approach to create a better understanding and awareness of the employment and career opportunities in Sussex. 

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We aim to:

  • Raise the profile of the priority sectors in Sussex.
  • Increase awareness and understanding of the types of jobs on offer.
  • Increase the supply of people into sectors/jobs with skills gaps and/or labour shortage.

The partners

Sussex Learning Network is the lead for this theme and over the course of the LSIP they will work collaboratively with the following core partners.

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 Future Skills Sussex Improvement Framework theme. The overarching recommended actions for Talent are:

  • Map the existing  activity being done by the core partners.
  • Develop a Sussex-wide approach to raising the profile of the priority sectors  in Sussex
  • Develop a  Sussex-wide approach to increasing awareness  and understanding of the types of jobs on offer
  • Develop a  Sussex-wide approach to increasing the  supply of people into sectors/jobs with skills gaps and/or labour  shortages
  • Embed a  Sussex-wide approach to equality,  diversity and inclusion

View the full action plan here.

Project News

LSIF Project: Sussex job-matching app

The Local Skills Improvement Fund (LSIF) is designed to enable further education providers across a geographic area to respond collectively to the priorities in the local skills improvement plans (LSIPs) providing investment in the technical skills system to better support the needs of the local labour market and wider economy.

Recognising local employment challenges highlighted in the Sussex LSIP, FE Sussex is seeking innovative ways to align job seekers' skills with employers' needs. The project aims to support the Talent Theme of the Future Skills Sussex Improvement Framework.

The app will also focus specifically on the Sussex region rather than UK-wide, promoting vacancies within the sectors crucial to the future economic success of the area and which the Future Skills Sussex LSIP report identifies.

The app will include such features as:

  • CV Builder
  • Live job match/search
  • Careers insights
  • Personality profiling
  • Track progress
  • Timetabling
  • Skills assessment framework
  • Messaging features

Colleges across the area will use the app with their learners to support their learning of employability skills, source work experience and industry placements, apprenticeships and full or part-time jobs.

Teachers, Employment Advisors and Support Workers will be able to induct, track and manage their cohort of participants.

The app will initially undergo beta testing with a group of employability students from Chichester College Group, East Sussex College Group, and Plumpton College during autumn 2025 before it is launched in early2025.

To find out more about the Sussex Jobs-matching app see the FE Sussex report here.

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