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Webinar: Major Projects—Growth—Opportunity: One Year On | June 2022


On Wednesday 26 May 2021, we held a webinar to hear from our major projects and their forthcoming skills and employment needs. You can view the headline notes from the webinar here, or you can watch the recording below:

SELEP MPG Skills Webinar Headline Notes – 0.3 mb

We’re working with a range of major projects across our geography through a Major Projects Group and skills sub-group. Collectively, these projects will offer a wide range of job opportunities in the coming months and years. Soon, we’ll be launching a report to describe these jobs and skills needs more fully and to support local areas to prepare. In the meantime, some further information about the projects is as follows:


Lower Thames Crossing

Lower Thames Crossing – National Highways

The proposed Lower Thames Crossing is part of the biggest investment in the country’s road network for a generation. During the building phase, they’ll need more than 22,000 people on their team from engineers and designers, to caterers and IT support. They have some useful information about apprenticeships here.

London Resort

The London Resort

London Report Holding Company is proposing to develop a world-class, sustainable, next generation resort which will be in Ashford in Kent. 

Ebbsfleet Garden City

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

Up to 15,000 new homes and a Garden City in north Kent. One of a number of housing developments across the South East LEP area.

UK Health Security Agency

UK Health Security Agency

UK Health Security Agency will be a future 40-acre campus and headquarters. Up to 2,750 staff including scientists, technicians, finance, human resources, communications and marketing.

Bradwell B

Bradwell B

New nuclear power station in Maldon, with new jobs to include construction, engineering, business and training opportunities.

Purfleet Regeneration

Purfleet Centre Regeneration

This is estimated at a construction cost of £800m, commenced in 2021 and to be completed in 2023.

Hoo Peninsula

Medway: Future Hoo

Medway Council has secured £170m from government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) to deliver essential transport and environmental projects on the Hoo Peninsula that will support new housing, leisure and employment opportunities to be realised.

Thames Freeport

Thames Freeport

DP World and Forth Ports are bidding for a Thames Freeport, with London Gateway, the Port of Tilbury and Ford’s Dagenham engine plant at its heart. This highlights the role of the River Thames. The proposal includes a Thames Freeport Skills Accelerator.

Freeport East

Freeport East

This is a cross LEP Freeport from the Port of Felixstowe (Suffolk, New Anglia LEP) and Harwich International.