New skills strategy for Southend-on-Sea

Published Wednesday, 13th September 2017

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Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, in conjunction with some of its key partners, is developing a new Skills and Labour Market Strategy for Southend.

The strategy is being produced as part of a wider plan to expand Southend-on-Sea as an excellent place to live, work and visit, and will be discussed by the council’s cabinet next week (agenda item 14, Tuesday 19 September). 

As well as the skills strategy, there are also digital, economic growth and tourism plans being progressed, all dedicated to the continued development of the Borough over the next ten years.

The next step will be a consultation process, due to start in October, with a wider group of key partners and stakeholders.  This will ensure that the final skills strategy is fully representative of everyone involved. 

Work to inform the consultation and strategy has already started, with several early workshops and interviews having taken place involving a range of partners from the education and business sectors. The final strategy is expected to be completed in the first quarter of next year.

Cllr Ann Holland, Executive Councillor for Culture, Tourism and the Economy said:  “The new skills strategy recognises the huge number of changes that have happened to the economy during the last ten years. 

“We need to ensure that, right across the Borough, we have a system in place that raises both ambition and skill levels so that our local businesses can access these skills to compete successfully in a global economy.”