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Adult Skills

The role of the Skills and Employability Service in developing opportunities for Adults (19+) is encapsulated in the Adult Learning Employment and Skills Strategy 2015-18 (PDF, 2.5 MB).

This Strategy was written in consultation with a broad range of stakeholders including Further and Higher Education Colleges, Training Providers, KCC Community Learning and Skills, Job Centre Plus, the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, district councils, employers and employer organisations.

All of these organisations contribute to improving the education, skill levels and employment of adults in the County, and jointly have created an Action Plan (DOCX, 37.4 KB) to deliver the ambitions in the Strategy which are to:

  • Reduce unemployment
  • Increase skill levels
  • Increase training and employment in priority sectors…
  • …and amongst priority groups

Adult Skills Forums
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A network of Adult Skills Forums, hosted by the FE Colleges, has been created to coordinate the efforts to achieve the fourteen ‘Key Performance Indicators’ listed in the Strategy. These forums included representatives from all of the stakeholders listed above. The meetings are held in:

  • Hadlow (Ashford, Sevenoaks, Tunbridge wells and Tonbridge)
  • Dartford (Dartford and Gravesend)
  • Maidstone (Maidstone, Swale and Medway)
  • Canterbury (Canterbury and Shepway)
  • Broadstairs (Thanet and Dover)

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South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP)
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Kent County Council is part of the South East LEP comprising Kent, Medway, East Sussex, Essex, Thurrock and Southend.

The LEP has devolved responsibility for distributing significant government funding including for Adult Skills, such as the European Social Fund, (£80m for Adult Skills 2015-2021).

KCC Skills and Employability is represented on the LEPs Skills Advisory Group, which influences the development of policy and strategy and the distribution of funding.