Body set up to promote job skills

A body aimed at bringing together leading figures from education and industry to boost employment and skills has held its first meeting.

Skills East Sussex (SES) was established as part of East Sussex County Council’s employability and skills strategy, launched last year.

SES, which includes representatives from schools, colleges and universities, careers services, business networks and employers, will meet regularly to discuss how they can ensure employers can access skilled staff locally.

The first SES meeting, held on Monday (March 23) at County Hall, in Lewes, focused on the construction sector, with representatives from companies large and small from across the county.

Subsequent meetings will have different business sector focuses. The next will take place in April and will focus on the engineering sector.

Graham Peters, chairman of Skills East Sussex and vice chairman of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “It’s vital to the economy of East Sussex that businesses based in the county are able to tap into the skilled workforce they need from within the local area.”