Skills for Growth



We want the Solent to be defined by aspiration and achievement, both of which are critical to our economic success both now and in the future. Our Growth Strategy, Transforming Solent, requires a knowledge-rich and creative economy, one which will requires the highest levels of education in the entire workforce. 

Skilled people are essential to securing growth. It is vital that we create the best environment in which businesses can develop and train their workforce. 

Employment and Skills Board

Under the guidance of our Solent Employment and Skills Delivery Panel, we have developed a Skills Strategy for the Solent, working with partners to raise aspirations and achievement. Since the publication of this strategy in 2014 we have worked with partners to develop a Skills Strategy Interim Evaluation.

Workforce Strategy

The Solent LEP is in the process of developing a comprehensive and evidenced Workforce Strategy for the Solent (Workforce Futures: Developing Skills and Talent in the Solent) to provide the area with the world class skills and talent it needs to keep pace with technological change and transform competitiveness and productivity, enable our businesses to grow, attract investment, and increase wealth and economic participation for all.  The strategy should be Industry demand driven, focusing on the technical and digital skills the area will need across a range of levels in conjunction with broader employability and entrepreneurial skills.  This is expected to be published in early 2018.

Solent Partners

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