Skills and Enterprise Group

Shaping the future through our young people

Working together we will power the skills and opportunities in our communities by raising the aspiration to learn new things.

What do we intend to do?

This group exists to inspire more young people and adults into local, meaningful work, apprenticeships and long-term employment across Coastal West Sussex. We believe that by strengthening collaboration across all education providers, business groups and the networks of specialists in careers education, our economy will grow and our communities will prosper.


Coastal West Sussex is an area of great opportunity and potential.

However, realising that potential is often hampered by infrastructural challenges and historic perceptions. We need to raise aspiration for life-long learning and create conditions for business to succeed.
The Skills & Enterprise Group will use better data, find a shared language, loudly celebrate the opportunities in the region and collectively influence policy and investment decisions to enhance learning provision and facilities. Working together we will promote aspiration, drive productivity and widen access to opportunity and talent.


Delivering the workplan

Key reports supporting the work plan can be found here:

Enterprise Skills Coordination – 2011, University of Chichester 

Enterprise for All – 2014 – Lord Young 

Enterprise in Education – 2015 Bruce Nairne & Sarah Williams.

STEM – making the case for Investment Simpson Consulting 2018

Position Statement

The National Collaborative Outreach Programme

The NCOP Programme is funded buy the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in response to the Government’s ambition to widen participation in HE by:

  • Doubling the proportion of students from disadvantaged backgrounds by 2020
  • Increasing by 20% the number of students from ethnic minority groups
  • Addressing the under-representation of young men from disadvantaged backgrounds


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Young Start-up Talent

A community based project which aims to help young people with an entrepreneurial flair for business.  The programme promotes innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and talent development.

The programme is currently  running in Chichester.  To find out more click HERE


Careers Information and Guidance

A key factor in developing the right workforce is up to date and inspiring careers information. Coastal West Sussex helped to produce Pathway which helps to resource young people in making the right career choices.