More than 150 people including representatives from businesses, schools, universities, colleges and training providers attended a summit which aimed to bring business demand and skills supply together
The Medway Skills and Employability Summit was held at MidKent College in Gillingham on Wednesday, 30 October and featured a range of inspirational speakers and informative workshops.
The summit explored how education and employment can influence each other and work together to create a better prepared workforce.
There were a range of speakers including the Chief Executive of Medway Council, Neil Davies, Richard Hicks, Director of Regeneration, Culture, Environment and Transformation and Deputy Chief Executive of Medway Council, Patrick Craven, Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships, Stakeholders and Contracts from City and Guilds, Pamela Wilson, Engineering Manager at BAE Systems and Rob Murray, Talent Attraction Manager at Dovetail Games.
Cllr Rodney Chambers, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Inward Investment, Strategic Regeneration and Partnerships also spoke about the council’s Skills and Employability Plan which aims to engage people who are not in employment, education or training as well as those looking to take up apprenticeships, train at work or return to the workforce.
The plan sets out the council’s priority skills and employability areas which include matching business demand to skills supply, developing Medway’s talent pool and helping young people get into education, employment or training.
Continuing to match business demand to skills supply
Cllr Chambers said: “We were pleased to see so many representatives from the business, education and training sectors at our Skills and Employability Summit. 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 is home to more than 14,000 businesses with an economy worth £5.2billion and attracts around five million visitors a year, all of which contributes to Medway’s strong case to bid for City of Culture 2025.