A NEW five-year strategy has been launched to develop the skilled workforce needed to help the South East continue to grow and play its vital role in the economy.

South East Local Enterprise Partnership has worked with businesses and education providers.

The focus is on skills and employment priorities needed to drive productivity and growth.

Christian Brodie, pictured,chair of SELEP, said: “We are clear on the fundamental role played by skills in responding to current and future growth across our LEP area.

“The challenge is considerable but so is the opportunity and we are confident in our ability to deliver given the commitment we all share.”

The strategy sets out a series of priorities, including:

• Increase apprenticeships and industry relevant qualifications

• Simplify the skills landscape for employers, stakeholders and individuals

• Build an inclusive economy and provide employment opportunities for all

• Raise awareness of jobs and growth

• Foster and support the spirit of pride, entrepreneurship, innovation and enthusiasm.