Future Skills Summit // 27th March

What are the future skills needs in East Sussex?

// Fri, 27 March, 2020

// 09:30 – 14:00 

// The Welcome Centre, Eastbourne

Skills East Sussex partners invite you to join colleagues from across business, education, local government and the voluntary sector to explore where we have come from and where we’re going next.

In the past five years, we have seen transformations in technology and communications; reforms to apprenticeships and careers guidance; and new partnerships between industry and education at all levels.

Record investment, collaboration and award-winning projects have transformed the skills conversation in East Sussex, but there is still much more to do.

With your help, we will celebrate progress made locally, and consider what the next five years brings. Following some inspiring talks and deep-dive workshops on smart technology and skills for a carbon-neutral future, we’d like you to help shape the way that we address employment and skills over the next five years at a networking lunch at the state-of-the art new Welcome Centre in Eastbourne.


Lizzie Hodgson

Lizzie is a tech, media, and society strategist. She consults into companies and charities, helping them identify their purpose, vision, and growth by widening their reach, and relevancy. She has particular expertise around young people and organisations that work with them, represent them or want to better reach them.

Lizzie is Director of Think Nation, working globally to explore the ideas young people have around how tech can help mitigate some of humanity’s biggest existential risks. She is an adviser to BBC GCSE Bitesize, and works closely with Young Enterprise UK. A two-time TEDx speaker, Lizzie often give talks and consult on blended generational workplaces, Gen Z and Gen Alpha, diversity, young people, tech on society and workplace, and Artificial Intelligence bias.

Sally May

Sally is a coach and consultant with a passion for the circular economy and sustainable growth. As a business and leadership coach, she helps people connect with the important stuff, make plans, eliminate the self-sabotage and collaborate more effectively with those around them. She also works with a range of business on communications and leadership development, building on the experience she gained working in international teams with Fortune 500 companies at Accenture for 18 years in France, Germany and the UK.

Sally sees the emergence of the circular economy as a great way to get people to think differently and get creative in business and politics. Businesses are looking for new skillsets in employees, from design-thinking to self-management and working without any waste – how are we supporting jobseekers to embrace these?

Christopher Barnatt

Christopher Barnatt is a futurist, keynote speaker and freelance academic. He has published thirteen books and numerous articles, with over 200 media contributions to broadcast, print and online programmes and publications. He runs the websites ExplainingTheFuture.com and ExplainingComputers.com, as well as associated YouTube channels that have received over 56 million video views.

For 25 years Christopher lectured in computing and future studies in Nottingham University Business School, where he spent seven years as Director of Undergraduate Programmes. He now delivers presentations and consultancy for a wide range of organisations in sectors that include food production, financial services, healthcare, logistics, local government and the arts.



Skills East Sussex: Five years of collaboration

A reflection on the many ground-breaking successes in the county, from the Careers Hubs to building one the UK’s first Enterprise Adviser Networks; employer-led skills taskgroups and the Open Doors programme to inward investment in facilities and research. We celebrate every school, college, business, charity, training provider, network – and learner – who has contributed to a thriving skills story in East Sussex.

Right now: Opportunities for action

A look at the current and forthcoming projects to boost recruitment, training and retention in priority sector areas. With the announcement of an all-age careers campaign; investment in health & social care jobs; and new projects in engineering, a creative skills Talent Accelerator, the Digital Skills Partnership and a training hotel – there are many ways for people to get involved.

Is everything connected? The future of skills in a 5G world

What do the futurists predict for the future of skills in a world of automation, smart connectivity and rapid digital decision-making? If we don’t know what the jobs will be in ten years*, how can we prepare young people for them?

*Did your careers adviser suggest becoming a Meme Archivist, Drone Operator or Chief Happiness Officer?

Circular skills: employment and careers in a zero-carbon future

Mainstream opinion now believes that we are in a time of climate emergency. With changes in consumer behaviour, manufacturing, sustainable materials, transport, energy, migration, weather forecasting and food production – there will be changes to the skills needed in the workplace, and in the expectations of how workers are trained and supported. Are we ready for that?

Future Skills Now

We’re told all the time we must have a passion. But for many (possibly millions) this simply isn’t the case. And that often leaves them feeling guilt, inadequacy and frustration in work, and life. How do we help people navigate the noise of rapid change in the world of work, technology, politics and service culture – especially if people don’t yet know what to specialise in. What if individuals and companies doubled-down on positioning curiosity, creativity and problem solving at the heart of our careers instead?




About Skills East Sussex

Skills East Sussex 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.

SES has identified a number of sectors and issues where it wants to make a difference by working together. SES is committed to improving the delivery of skills for the engineering, construction, health and social care, creative, digital and media and land-based sectors.

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