Businesses facing skills shortages invited to Solent LEP conference


COMPANIES struggling with skills shortages have been invited to an event that aims to help shape future aid.

The free Solent People and Skills Conference will be held at the Fareham Innovation Center on Thursday July 7th.

He will bring Company leaders from across the region come together to discuss the challenges they face and help shape support and supply.

It is organized by Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and will feature guest speakers from LEP, Make Chamber of Commerce, Hampshire and NetZero Training (Highbury College) who will talk about the support and arrangements already available for local businesses.

Rachael Randall, President of Solent LEP, said: “We have a busy conference planned with excellent speakers sharing their experiences and providing valuable information on skills and training.

“During presentations, we will be asking local businesses to tell us how we can help and where the skills gaps are. We want to make this a meaningful discussion and make a thoughtful difference in the future arrangements we offer to businesses across the Solent region.

The event will feature panel discussions with professionals from the marine, tourism, creative industries, health and social care and construction sectors. All will discuss the challenges facing their sectors and how they are overcoming them.

Other speakers include: Helen Ives, Executive Director of Workforce at Solent NHS Trust; Glenn Turnball, Head of Operational Capabilities at BAE Systems; James Gayle, founder of Shogun Social; and Anita Bower, Director of People and Culture at Iconic Luxury Hotels.

A graduate apprentice will explain why they chose this career path.

There will be opportunities to speak to representatives from Get Set Solent, Manufacturing Programme, ALPHI, Maritime UK Solent, SkillsLab, Solent Apprenticeship and Skills Hub, FEDCAP, SERCO, MakeUK and the Solent LEP Careers Hub.

July 7th is National Manufacturing Day, and attendees will have the opportunity to visit some of the manufacturing companies based in Daedalus, Solent’s enterprise area, as it opens to showcase vacancies in the making.

Those interested in attending the conference can register at:


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