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Work summit offers business advice

Fri 17 January 2020, 9:53 am

A work summit aimed at bringing business demand and skills supply in Medway together was attended by more than 150 people.

Representatives from businesses, schools, universities, colleges and training providers attended the event at MidKent College in Gillingham at the end of October.

The Medway Skills and Employability Summit featured presentations from a range of speakers and workshops that explored how education and employment influence each other. The event was organised by Medway for Business, which provides support to start or grow a business venture.

Speakers included Medway Council’s chief executive, Neil Davies, and its director of regeneration, culture, environment and transformation, Richard Hicks, as well as engineering manager at BAE Systems, Pamela Wilson, and Rob Murray, talent attraction manager at Dovetail Games.

Councillor Rodney Chambers, portfolio holder for inward investment, strategic regeneration and partnerships spoke about the council’s Skills and Employability Plan that aims to engage people not in employment, education or training. Its goal is to help people get into apprenticeships, train at work or return to the workforce. 

The plan sets out how it will match business demand to skills supply, develop Medway’s talent pool and help young people get into education, employment or training. 

Cllr Chambers said: “We are committed to working even closer together with our partners to ensure we continue to match business demand to skills supply. Medway is a great place to live, work, learn and visit and we are committed to creating an employment pathway to provide growth for all.” 

Medway has more than 14,000 businesses with an economy worth £5.2bn and attracts around five million visitors a year - which contributes towards Medway’s strong case to bid for City of Culture 2025.

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