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Economy and skills workshop March 2012

Skills & Employment Summit 2012

Tackling skills gaps to get the South East working has to be a top priority for councils, businesses and education. A Skills Summit on 8 March 2012 heard that the South East faces skills shortages in specialist areas – such as IT – but also a shortage of workers with the basic attitude and life skills that employers want when recruiting staff.

Bucks CC Leader Cllr Martin Tett chaired the Summit, calling for action to avoid a lost generation of unemployed young people.  Employment Minister Chris Grayling spoke at the Summit, making the case for giving young people experience and a step on the jobs ladder through the Government’s Work Programme.

Delegates also heard from young apprentice Anna Davies, who explained how her job at Kent County Council was giving her skills to kick start her career. Read an overview of key points from the Summit.

The Summit – Working our way to economic growth: skills & abilities to drive the economy – was held jointly by SEEC, SESL and SESPM. View the agenda here and speaker presentations below:


Doug Morrison, Chairman, & Anne-Marie Mountifield, Executive Lead, Solent LEP

Marc Bayliss, Managing Director, Worcester Research

Richard Byard, Head of Economic Development, Reading UK CIC

Cllr Paul Carter, Leader, Kent County Council

Panellists (combined slides showing each panellist’s 3 key points)
– Steve Rankin, Regional Director, CBI Thames Valley
– Bill Fearon, Principal & Chief Executive, K College
– Professor Ruth Farwell, Vice Chancellor, Bucks New University
– Cllr Paul Carter, Leader, Kent County Council

Read speaker biographies.