PeopleChampioning the need to raise the quality of jobs and the skills level of the local people
The Coastal West Sussex area will need to raise the quality of its jobs and the skills level of its local population if it is to broaden and strenghen its economic base.
The Coastal West Sussex Partnership is encouraging business leaders to work collaboratively and build connections with schools, Further Education and Higher Education institutions to develop relevant education and skills programmes and employment pathways for young people and adults to meet the needs of the economy.
Distribution of Jobs in Coastal West Sussex (2014)
Employment is not equally distributed within Coastal West Sussex. There is a much high concentration of jobs in Chichester and a low concentration of jobs in both Adur and Arun.
- Adur 11.3% 11.3%
- Arun 24.9% 24.9%
- Chichester 36.4% 36.4%
- Worthing 27.4% 27.4%
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Skills for the Workforce
Find out more about the work across Sussex which is encouraging STEM subjects into Schools. Coastal STEMfest is a vibrant celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths STEM, inspiring the inventors, creators and scientists of the future.
STEaM- The case for Action
A great improved performance on STEaM skills is required if we are to achieve our ambition for the coastal economy to match the performance of the wider region. The Coastal West Sussex economy has many technology–intensive businesses which need these skills but research shows that the local workforce is less highly skilled than that of surrounding areas. This affects our area’s economic performance as well as our ability to support expanding businesses and compete for inward investment with other more highly skilled areas.
Lack of STEaM skills also means many of our residents miss out on the proven economic rewards that high-skills, high value STEaM jobs bring.