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Calling all Digital Employers to Build the Skills Plan for the Future

Skills, Recruitment and your Talent Pipeline –
Calling all Digital employers to Build the Skills Plan for the Future

  • Are you a digital business and face challenges recruiting the right talent or have skills gaps in your team?
  • Do you want to be a leader in your field in finding innovative new ways to develop skills in your field?
  • Do you have ideas that you would like to see put into practice to develop new leaders, emerging talent and build a pipeline of new staff coming into your sector?
  • The Sussex Chamber are leading on a new Skills Plan for the Digital sector and are a supporter of Talent Fest 2021.We want to hear your views! 

Take part in our online survey here.

Join our open event on November 19th at 11am to find out more and have your say.

It has been apparent for some time that the current skills system is not necessarily providing the right skills, in the right place, to the right people, at the right time or in the right way to meet the needs of digital businesses and the workplace of now and the future. Many research projects and reports have identified a need for change, but we are still asking the same questions that we have asked for many years. 

Is there currently an effective system in place to provide businesses with a pipeline of new talent locally?  Are schools, colleges, training providers and universities teaching the right skills to keep up to pace with a fast-moving sector? What opportunities are young people getting to gain real and meaningful work experience? Are employees given the right training and support once in work to flourish and develop into tomorrow’s leaders? How do we keep the best talent locally and provide them with the opportunities they crave?

Sussex has been fortunate to have been selected as one of 8 national “trailblazer” regions to undertake an action-based case for change by creating a Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) co-designed with local employers.  

The Sussex Chamber of Commerce are now seeking to engage with as many Digital sector employers, freelancers and professionals as possible. We want to gain the views of those working in and leading the Digital sector locally, to make sure your view is heard and that the Plan represents the real view from the ground. 

The pandemic has forced us all to rethink our working practices, where and how we work and how we learn. There are opportunities now to do things differently. The Plan will be submitted to Government at the end of March with recommendations for new ways of planning and delivering skills. The recommendations, if accepted, will release funding to develop some innovative pilot programmes which you can help shape now. 

We want to hear from you if you want to make your own case for change, want to be heard and have a vision for how the right skills can be delivered for your business. We want to know what skills gaps you see in your business, what issues you may face recruiting the right staff, whether graduates and young people are joining with the right skills if geographic considerations are a barrier and ultimately what you would do differently to overcome the challenges. 

The aim is to innovate and disrupt models that may no longer be fit for purpose. To create new ways of thinking about skills and professional development, both in learning environments and the workplace. To create a pathway for systemic change designed to meet current and future skills needs. 

You can get involved by simply completing this short online survey linked below. The survey asks if you would be happy to be contacted by one of our team to hear a bit more about your individual business. We would love to meet you to gain further insight, there is no obligation to take it further if you don’t have time, your views are still very useful. 

If you would like to meet one of our team, please complete the survey and state that you would be happy to be contacted and we will be in touch. 

We will also be holding an open online meeting as part of Talent Fest, on Friday 19th November at 11am to hear your views and hold a discussion about skills and your businesses to add into the plan. We would love to see you there. 

To complete the survey please click here.

To attend the online event on Friday 19th November please sign up here.

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Sussex Chamber of Commerce

Sussex Chamber of Commerce is one of only 53 Chambers in the UK to be accredited by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). The BCC was established 150 years ago in 1860 and is the national body for a powerful and influential Network of Accredited Chambers of Commerce across the UK - a network that directly serves not only its member businesses but the wider business community.

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