Skills 360 Board Opportunity – Horticulture or Viticulture Business Representative


We currently have a vacancy for a senior business representative from the Horticulture or Viticulture sector on our Skills 360 Board.


The Skills 360 Board is the Skills Advisory Panel for the Coast to Capital area, bringing together employers and skills providers to understand and address key local skills challenges.


Being a member of the Skills 360 Board offers the opportunity to influence the regional skills agenda in the Coast to Capital area. We are at a time of significant change in the UK as we continue to understand and the address the impact of COVID-19 and our exit from the European Union. This along with an ageing population and rapid advances in technology mean the skills debate is urgent and requires an innovative approach more so than ever before.


Your membership of the Skills 360 Board will involve you in policy and decision making at a regional level, helping to shape our negotiations with Government on the best skills deal for the area. You will support us to understand the challenges we currently face and to be a part of the solution. Your networks and influence will bring us the recognition and investment we need to deliver high quality skills education and training in the Coast to Capital area.


For more information please download the Recruitment Pack. The application deadline is Friday 7 May.


Coast to Capital Local Skills Report 2020/21 


Coast to Capital’s Skills Advisory Panel, the Skills 360 Board, are pleased to announce the publication of the first Local Skills Report for the area.  


Local Skills Reports are a requirement of all SAPs and were introduced by DfE to provide a clear and consistent view of local skills needs across areas in a relevant and engaging format for local partners.  


Our Local Skills Report incorporates our previously published Skills Strategy and Action Plan for 2020 – 25, but also includes a progress update, case studies and a data annex of core indicators.  


We hope that the Local Skills Report will be a useful tool in engaging partners and stakeholders across the region to work collaboratively with the Skills 360 Board to achieve our aspirations for skills and employment in Coast to Capital.  



Construction Spotlight Project


As part of Coast to Capital LEP’s Skills Strategy and Action Plan we are working with our Skills 360 Board Construction Champions and partners across the area to undertake a focused spotlight project on the construction sector. 


The project will explore how we can make the most of the employment opportunities in the sector now and into the future. The project will also look to raise the profile of the sector and of sector specific initiatives which support economic recovery; highlight career opportunities in the sector and ensure that the relevant training is available for young people and adults to meet project demands, including skills for regeneration and net-zero.


We are currently planning the first in a series of information sessions and roundtable events. Please watch this space for details in the near future.


FE White Paper: Skills for Jobs


Department for Education recently published a white paper ‘Skills for jobs: lifelong learning for opportunity and growth’ which sets out reforms to post-16 technical education and training to support people to develop the skills needed to get good jobs and improve national productivity.




  • Business groups, including Chambers of Commerce, working alongside colleges to develop tailored Local Skills Improvement Plans to meet local training needs
  • A £65 million Investment in local skills priorities with reference to a new Strategic Development Fund and the beefing up of the recently announced Skills and Productivity Board.
  • Giving employers a central role in designing almost all technical courses by 2030, to ensure that the education and training people receive is directly linked to the skills needed for real jobs.
  • Boosting the quality and uptake of Higher Technical Qualifications - that provide the skills that many employers say they need and that can lead to higher wages – by introducing newly approved qualifications from September 2022 supported by a government-backed brand and quality mark.
  • Changing the law so that from 2025 people can access flexible student finance so they can train and retrain throughout their lives, supported by funding in 21/22 to test ways to boost access to more modular and flexible learning.
  • Overhauling the funding and accountability rules, so funding is better targeted at supporting high quality education and training that meets the needs of employers; and introducing new powers to intervene when colleges are failing to deliver good outcomes for the communities they serve.
  • Identification of careers education as strong underpinning to all announcements and Government’s overall ambition to raising the stakes on lifelong learning, skills and growth.
  • Commitment to continuing infrastructure roll-out including Careers Hubs, the Enterprise Adviser Network and high-quality Careers Leader Training.
  • Launching a nationwide recruitment campaign to get more talented individuals to teach in further education and investing in high quality professional development including a new Workforce Industry Exchange Programme.


Further information can be found on the website here.


COVID-19 Skills and Labour Market Impact Assessment Updated to October 2020


Coast to Capital have carried out a Skills and Labour Market Impact Assessment to gain valuable intelligence on how COVID-19 has impacted on the labour market, the availability of jobs and the skills needs in the Coast to Capital area. The report looks at the impact on people's employment status, the change in the availability and types of jobs on offer and the main skills that businesses are currently looking for.


We have published two versions of this impact assessment to date, the original report which shows data to June 2020 and an updated version showing data to October 2020. The update should be read alongside the original report, and both are available in the related resources section of this page.


We will review and update this report on a quarterly basis to reflect the fast changing nature of the environment we are currently in.


Coast to Capital Skills Strategy and Action Plan


Coast to Capital's Skills Strategy and Action Plan has been produced by the Skills 360 Board and sets out the skills strategy and locally tailored skills action plan to support the recovery and future resilience of the people, businesses and places in the Coast to Capital economy.


The document is firmly linked to our wider objectives for our economy to build back stronger, smarter and greener, connecting people to high quality local employment and giving businesses the skills needed to adapt.


The Coast to Capital Skills Strategy and Action Plan can be found in the related resources section of this page.


Here is a recording of our virtual event to formally launch the Skills Strategy and Action Plan in December 2020. 



A Q&A document addressing questions submitted that weren't answered during the event can be found in the related resources section of this page.


Coast to Capital Careers Hub


The Skills 360 Board are delighted to support the development of a Careers Hub from September 2020.


The Skills Toolkit


The Skills Toolkit is an online platform, giving people easy access to free, high
quality digital and numeracy courses to help them build up their skills, progress in
work and boost their job prospects.

The platform offers a range of courses at all levels, from introductory to advanced,
which were chosen in consultation with top businesses and educational experts.
It's open to everyone, whether they've been furloughed and want to learn new
skills, are out of work and looking to build up their CV, or if they're just keen to
keep their mind healthy and busy during time spent at home.

Focussing on the skills many employers need the most, The Skills Toolkit is a first
step towards recovery, helping to boost the nation's growth and productivity.


Institute of Technology in Coast to Capital


The Wave 2 competition for Institutes of Technology is now open. For more information, including the prospectus and how to apply, please visit the Government website here.


We would encourage any organisations or consortia planning to submit a bid for the area to get in touch with the LEP for a discussion.


Skills and Labour Market Research Report


The Skills and Labour Research Project has now been completed and the Baseline Report and Baseline Appendix Report are finalised.


These report will feed into and support the development of the 'people' section of the Coast to Capital Local Industrial Strategy, as well as the work towards the Gatwick 360° priority to Create Skills for the Future.


The reports can be found here and also on the related resources section of this page.


Local Industrial Strategy Engagement - Youth Consultations


Coast to Capital also held a series of engagement workshops with students in three higher and further education institutions across the area, as part of the wider public Local Industrial Strategy engagement. The findings of these youth consultation sessions can be viewed here.

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