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South East Skills Priorities Statement end of consultation period

29 September 2010

Following consultation with partners across the South East, SEEDA, with the Skills Funding Agency, will shortly be publishing the South East Skills Priorities Statement  (SESPS). This will outline how skills investment could be refocused and prioritised to support economic recovery and growth in the challenging times ahead.  The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will use the Statements from each RDA in England to inform their forthcoming national Skills Investment Strategy.

The Statement was produced using a combination of quantitative and qualitative information, including input from discussions with a wide range of organisations and business representatives in the South East. The underpinning evidence base will be published in tandem with the Statement. This is the first time such an extensive set of data on, and analysis of, skills and labour market intelligence has been available in one document.  

Driven by the Skills Working Group - including representatives from business, local authorities, further and higher education and funding agencies - the Statement will provide an overview of the skills required to support a reviving economy, which has more and better jobs in both existing and new industries. It also sets out the skills priorities that require attention and enables colleges and providers easy access to extensive analysis that will inform their business and curriculum planning. It will also aid local authorities seeking to support skills and employment initiatives.

Consultation closed in mid September and the final SESPS will be published on the SEEDA website in early October and widely disseminated through partners.


For further information on the SESPS please contact, Jill Goddard, Skills Strategy Manager on 01483 500756 or

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