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News - 4 December 2015

Economic Partnership hosts major consultation on the City Employment and Skills Plan

Last Tuesday [1.12.15] the city’s Economic Partnership brought together over 100 representatives from the public, private and voluntary sectors to debate a new plan to tackle inequality and skills gaps in the city.

In welcoming the delegates to the Brighton Hilton Metropole, Geoff Raw, Chief Executive of Brighton & Hove City Council outlined the issues Brighton & Hove is facing over the coming years. Mr Raw said, “[the] consultation [is] to develop a Plan that aims to meet the needs of all of our residents in the city. The Plan will look at ways to eliminate long-term youth unemployment and offer support to all those who are furthest from the labour market. It will explore the needs of employers, enhance positive outcomes for our school leavers and young people not in education employment or training (NEET) and create new apprenticeship opportunities."

Rocket Science (who have been commissioned by the city council to deliver the new City Employment and Skills Plan) gave a fascinating insight to help those present better understand the Brighton story. This included:-

  • 23% of the total potential economically active population is currently out of work
  • Roughly 48% of the population is educated to degree level
  • Over the last decade there has been an upward trend in the city for individuals to be self employed - currently standing at 19.5% of the workforce
  • 24.9% of employers in Brighton & Hove are reporting skills gaps in their workforce
  • Fewer apprenticeships are started each year in Brighton & Hove compared to national figures (Nat fig just over 1.4% of population, B&H sits at just under 0.7% of the population)
  • 62% of B&H school leavers are poorly prepared for work compared to 36% in England

To view the whole presentation, please click on the link at the end of this report.

The event was the first step in re-writing the city’s groundbreaking Employment and Skills Plan which was first re-drafted four years ago. To input your thoughts in to then new plan, please click on this link to visit the online portal.


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