News: Call for Members

Posted on 15th November 2018

Call for Members

Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership is recruiting Senior Business Leaders to become members of the newly formed Skills 360˚ Board. The purpose of the Skills 360˚ Board is to provide direction and strategic support for the delivery of our ambitious Strategic Economic Plan, Gatwick 360˚, specifically the actions within Priority 4: Create Skills for the Future, where we seek to boost the productivity of our economy by giving people the skills they need to secure and maintain high quality jobs. Being a member of the Skills 360˚ Board offers the opportunity to influence the way in which we create skills for the future in the Coast to Capital area.

We are at a time of significant change in the UK as we move towards our exit of the European Union. This along with an ageing population and rapid advances in technology mean the skills debate is urgent and requires an innovative approach more so than ever before. Your membership of the Skills 360˚ Board will involve you in policy and decision making at a regional level, helping to shape our negotiation of a Local Industrial Strategy with Government. You will support us to identify the major skills and recruitment challenges we currently face and to be a part of the solution. Your networks and influence will bring us the recognition and investment we need to deliver high quality skills education and training in the Coast to Capital area.

The Skills 360˚ Board will be made up of predominantly business sector representatives, the Chief Executive Officer of Coast to Capital and two representatives from the education sector. We are therefore looking to recruit seven senior leaders, CEOs, Chairs, Directors or owner managers to represent the views and interests of private businesses, to support understanding of the skills needs of businesses and to identify where investment is needed. We would particularly welcome applications from scaling businesses that are typically those exhibiting 20% year on year growth in either turnover or job creation.

Coast to Capital is committed to creating an inclusive organisation that promotes and values diversity. Applications are welcome from senior business figures from under-represented groups and female business leaders are encouraged to apply. We are looking for senior candidates and these roles would appeal to experienced leaders who can help to maximise the region’s potential and offer an exciting opportunity to someone who is committed to creating an environment where business can flourish. We are grateful for the support and expertise of Nick Juba, CEO of Greater Brighton Metropolitan College and Coast to Capital Board member, in establishing the Skills 360˚ Board. Further information on how to apply to become a board member can be found on the Coast to Capital website.

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