Working Together to Address the Skills Challenge

Published: 15 Dec 2020

Produced by PLATF9RM

Friday 29 January | 1PM - 2:30PM

As the dust is starting to settle, it’s becoming evident that the impact of the last few months, particularly on the young workforce, has been colossal. However, through our collective experience and the lessons of 2020, we can now start to think about action and solutions. For our next webinar, Working Together to Address the Skills Challenge, we’ll be discussing, designing and collaborating on solutions to address the skills challenge.

We’ll be hearing from Fiona Aldridge, Director of Policy and Research at the Learning & Work Institute, who will be presenting research on the labour force with specific reference to the coastal economy. We’ll be welcoming Gillian Keegan, Chichester’s MP and Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, who will respond to the research and inform us on current government initiatives to address these challenges. 
This is a unique opportunity to collaborate as a community to develop the solutions needed to tackle the skills gap.

Joining our speakers will be influential leaders from business and education: 

Frances Rutter, Principal and CEO of NESCOT and Chair of the Skills 360 Board, 

Jeremy Pardey - Director of Butlins Resort, Bognor Regis

Richard Hopkins, MD of Fargro and Chairman of the West Sussex Growers Association 

Professor David Cooper, Professor of Management and Economic Development at the University of Chichester 

We’ll be encouraging attendees to get involved with suggestions, provide a platform to collaborate and create some clear action points.  

By investing in skills, making use of government initiatives and resources, and focusing on inclusion, retainment and retraining, the future for the coast will be brighter than before. 

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