The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) covers East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.

Summary of local context - Skills East Sussex (SES)

Skills East Sussex (SES) is the Local Partnership Board that directs the development of skills provision in the county. The Board brings together employers and providers to ensure that the delivery of local skills meets the needs that businesses require.

SES focuses on the key priorities of: improving CEIAG in the county, focusing skills provision on the priority and growth sectors for the local economy, improving the gender balance of those employed in specific sectors locally (e.g. women in engineering), improving the work readiness of young people.

SES has eight key priority sectors which include: Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, Construction, Planning & the Built Environment, Creative, Cultural and Media, Health & Social Care, Land Management & visitor economy, Low Carbon and Environmental Goods and Services, Professional & Business Services. SES has undertaken research and produced sector skills reports which identify significant current and future skills gaps in engineering, construction and health and social care sectors, and demonstrate that the other five sectors have potential for significant growth.

Summary of local project (SES)

East Sussex County Council provides the secretariat to Skills East Sussex, our federated skills board. Skills East Sussex oversees two Enterprise Coordinators are working with all 40 schools in East Sussex matching them with Enterprise Advisors from our economic growth priority sectors.

In addition, the Enterprise Coordinators act as a link between the Skills East Sussex sector task groups (for Engineering, Land based industries, Construction, Creative and Digital and Health and Social Care) to ensure that the activities emanating from the sector task groups which have a schools and CEIAG angle are fully linked into our schools and into our Enterprise Adviser network.

The Enterprise Coordinators also link organisations who deliver procured contracts (e.g. construction, catering etc.) for the County Council with local schools to help with careers fairs and talks as well as to help promote opportunities such as work experience and apprenticeship opportunities.

Summary of local context - Greater Essex

Through the Essex Employment and Skills Board  (ESB) local employers and educators have committed to forging closer links to ensure a future pipeline of skilled people.  The board includes employers such as Ford, Raytheon, NHS and Stansted as well as education representatives for the university, school and college sectors.

Through a detailed Skills Evidence Base, the ESB has established growth sectors with career opportunities now and in the future. These are advanced manufacturing and engineering, IT and creative, construction, care, logistics, health and finance. The ESB has an employer lead for each sector, leading on programme development and reaching out to the sector across Greater Essex. Programmes have included a Golden Hello for the FE sector and Digital Skills for Growth Programme assisting employers to train and recruit to digital roles.

Existing activity with schools includes the ESB Education and Industry Programme facilitating employers working with local schools on mentoring, work experience and projects informed by the growth sectors in Essex. Additionally, the ESB supports the Employability for Life and Recognition of Quality Award (ROQA) which many Essex schools participate.

Summary of local project - Greater Essex

We will work with 80 Secondary schools with the Essex CC area (and will join up with Southend and Thurrock’s Enterprise Adviser network for a joined-up approach). We will also work with Job Centre Plus and the National Careers Service. Through four Enterprise Co-ordinators working across the four quadrants of Essex, we will engage all secondary schools, offer access to careers advice and support, establishing employer relationships, delivering a national model, underpinning our existing local approach.  Additionally

  • Work with sector partners such as the Royal Institution for a Science Show in each quadrant and Masterclass series’ in Engineering, Maths and computer Science
  • Support quadrant based careers fairs working with local authorities in relevant areas, ensuring employers reflect the make up of local industries and raising awareness with schools
  • Run an Employability event in each quadrant in partnership with Job Centre Plus, National Careers Service and employers giving students the social and employment skills employers need encouraging employers to offer mock interviews
  • Work closely with quadrant schools to understand their academic year and the opportunities within it to enhance students exposure to industry and careers information, eg STEM days; national days/events; assemblies
  • Disseminate key sector factsheets and other local intelligence, provide a link to the existing ESB Education and Industry Programme ensuring join up for schools and employers

Key Stats

  • 32% employers offering work experience
  • 19% employers offering work inspiration
  • 30% 17-18 year olds poorly prepared for work (employer reported)
  • 40% 16 year olds poorly prepared for work (employer reported)
  • 7.9% 16-17 year olds NEET
  • 4.2% 18 year olds on apprenticeships
  • 27% A-levels that are STEM
  • 43% of STEM A-level taken by women
  • 57% pupils 5A*-C GCSEs
  • 12% pupils on Free School Meals


Organisations funded

Engineering Development Trust
Skills East Sussex
Solutions for the Planet
The Ideas Foundation
Business in the Community & Career Ready
WorldSkills UK

South East


Georgina Angele, Regional Lead 
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Enterprise Coordinators:

  • Thames Valley Berkshire  LEP

    Usha Kong

  • Tiffany Bright (Thurrock)

  • Thames Valley Berkshire  LEP

    Simon Harris

  • Thames Valley Berkshire  LEP

    Joyce Sackey

  • Thames Valley Berkshire  LEP

    Munya Badze (Kent)

  • Thames Valley Berkshire  LEP

    Liz Weatherhogg

  • Thames Valley Berkshire  LEP

    Tracy Bryant

  • Thames Valley Berkshire  LEP

    Wendy Gorham

  • Thames Valley Berkshire  LEP

    Louise Cantrill

  • Thames Valley Berkshire  LEP

    Sabrina Codrington

  • Thames Valley Berkshire  LEP

    Matthew Brill

  • Yim Wan Stezycki

  • Rosie Powley

  • Henrietta Still

  • Chris Homewood

  • Melanie Phelps

  • Ruth Francis

  • Jason Akintoye

  • Uwaila Uwaeicha