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Our Partners

South East Local Enterprise Partnership

Skills Advisory Panel

The SELEP Skills Advisory Panel (SAP) is an employer-led local partnership, established in October 2019 to strengthen the link between public and private sector employers, local authorities, colleges and universities and to pool knowledge on skills and labour market needs. The SAP represents a major opportunity to drive forward further change and deliver results with employers at the forefront.

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Skills Working Group

The Skills Working Group provides a strategic, joined up, holistic LEP view on skills issues and where possible delivers solutions which may include funding opportunities, new projects and inputs to government such as apprenticeship reforms and area reviews.

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Digital Skills Partnership

Local Digital Skills Partnerships were established across the country to tackle local digital skills challenges and build thriving and inclusive local economies. The South East DSP is one of just six set up to work collaboratively with both regional and national stakeholders to develop innovative models to improve digital skills across their regions, boost their local economies and share this best practice.

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Federated Boards

SELEP’s ‘federal’ model of operation allows for local decision-making around individual projects and for decision-making of a more crosscutting nature at the LEP Strategic Board. We work with and are supported by:


Our Further Education Partners

Kent Association of Training Organisations (KATO)

The Kent Association of Training Organisations (KATO) represents the major Training Providers in Kent and Medway. It supports the interests of over 60 member organisations who deliver a variety of training programmes, including Apprenticeships, bespoke training and business training.

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FE Sussex

FE Sussex is the consortium of  post-16 colleges in Sussex and Surrey. The key aims of the organisation have expanded to embrace the wide agenda of FE, as follows: The improvement of quality, Facilitating and implementing the value for money agendas, Improvement of employer responsiveness and engagement, Promotion of the reputation and role of further education, Acting as the platform for communications, training and development, Providing consultancy support to external organisations and colleges and Support to colleges and their professional development needs.

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Sussex Council of Training Providers (SCTP)

The Sussex Council of Training Providers is a community of training providers that offers apprenticeships, work-based learning or pre-employment training in Sussex. Our mission is their success. We also welcome Associate Members who provide relevant commercial services, Partner Members who provide strategic insight or non-commercial services and Consultant Members who provide strategic consultancy services to the FE and skills sector.

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Kent Further Education (KFE)

Kent Further Education (KFE) champions the work of the region’s further education colleges across Kent & Medway. KFE promotes their role in developing and building a skilled and motivated workforce and a strong local economy. In accordance with our mission, we act as a voice for the county’s Further Education sector, and its colleges, to ensure it delivers the skills and training required by students, employers and the community. Kent Further Education is at the heart of helping to deliver the Government’s ambitious targets, for 16-18 education and training, the technical skills agenda, Apprenticeships, Higher Education and adult training in the county.

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Essex Provider Network (EPN)

The Essex Provider Network has been set up with the specific aim of providing a single voice for all Essex based learning and training providers including Further Education Colleges with a focus on work-based learning. There are a significant number of provider networks across the country and with changes within the sector, developments within the LEPs and an on-going large percentage of skills based funded provision being delivered by providers from outside of the region, we believe that there has never been a more important time for Essex based providers to work together collaboratively, in building a strong and sustainable network.

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Federation of Essex Colleges (FEDEC)

The Federation of Essex Colleges (FEDEC), is a forum for the colleges in Essex. FEDEC exists to promote the collaborative work of its member colleges and their impact on the local, regional and national economy. FEDEC is committed to improving the post-16 education, employment and skills opportunities available to the county’s population, including businesses, communities and individuals.

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Employment and Skills Board Partners

Skills East Sussex

Skills East Sussex (SES) is the county’s strategic body for employment and skills. The group aims to drive an improvement in local employment and skills in order to increase economic prosperity in East Sussex. Using a firm evidence base, it agrees and sets priorities, and provides direction for the county’s approach to employment and skills.

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Kent & Medway Skills Commission

The Skills Commission is a subgroup of the Kent and Medway Economic Partnership. Its aims include maintaining a credible labour market intelligence base to inform provision and ensure a strong employer voice,  developing and driving new approaches to the delivery of skills training in Kent and Medway and influencing the allocation of skills resources from EFA, SFA and LEP.

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