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Skills Priorities Essex/Herts

Key initiatives impacting on future skills needs are SE LEP’s Local Enterprise Zone at Harlow and the
London Stanstead Cambridge Corridor. Both areas have aspirations to excel in growth sectors with
the Harlow Enterprise Zone being specific and targeting life sciences, biotech and related specialist
engineering, whilst the LSC Corridor has a broader vision looking for high-end skills in science and
technology within high-value industries incorporating innovation and enterprise.

Although these cutting-edge industries are the headline employers, it is recognised that outstanding
administrative, creative and business services are vitally important to support the overall growth. It is
equality important that public services are able to recruit high calibre people to maintain an
attractive environment and life style enabling key industries to attract and retain the right people.

One of the key areas of skills shortage, common to all areas, is ICT/ digital. This will impact on both
the new and traditional industries as demand for high-end services increases.

It is also recognised by the Essex Area Review that “There is a need to consider commissioning a
specialism to support Essex FE Colleges for learners that are autistic and/or have social emotional
and mental health needs”.

LSC Corridor Areas of growth:

Life Science and Medical

IT Digital and Media

Low Carbon, Clean Tech and Energy from Waste

Food Production

Business Services

Engineering, Transport, Logistics and Distribution

SELEP (Essex region) Areas of Growth:

Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering




Finance & Insurance

IT, Digital & Creative


SELEP areas to watch:
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Low Carbon


Life Sciences (Including Med Tech)

Harlow Enterprise Zone Areas of growth:



Advanced Manufacturing

Science Industries (Cogent)

SELEP (Essex, Kent and East Sussex) skills requirements:

Current- IT, Creative, Construction, Manufacturing, Health

Current – Strong innovation and entrepreneurship skills

Future – growing need for technical skills

Future – Focus on L4+ Apprenticeships for growth areas

Future – College specialisms

Future - Training for adults including reskilling for growth areas

SELEP backed FE College initiatives in our area for future growth:

Harlow Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Centre of Excellence

Braintree College and Colchester Institute STEM Training

South Essex College Centres for Excellence for Advanced Industrial Technologies and Engineering

South East College Centre for Logistics and Centre for Health Professionals

Harlow College Digital Labs for the Construction, Health and Social Care and Science Sectors

Harlow College E-Hub

PROCAT Basildon Advanced Construction, Motor Vehicle, Aviation, Infrastructure and Telecoms

Chelmsford College Surveying and Soil Technology for technical construction

SELEP Recent funding in our area for FE Skills capital spend:

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Harlow College Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Centre of Excellence (HAMEC) £2,500,00

Harlow College Equipment for HAMEC Centre of Excellence £346,572

Harlow College Digital Labs for Construction, Health and Social Care science sectors £350,000

Harlow College E-Hub £116,783

Colchester Institute STEM Training Centre at Braintree College £3,640,000

Colchester Institute STEM Training £161,687

Colchester Institute STEM STEM (apprenticeship equipment) £52,304

Writtle College Science Hub £38,806

South Essex College Centres of Excellence for Ind. Tech and Engineering Manufacture £73,475

South Essex College Centre Excellence Logistics (Thurrock Campus) £27,407

South Essex College Science Support to Health Professionals (Basildon Campus) £148,972

South Essex College Development of Construction Facilities (Basildon Campus) £366,705

Chelmsford College Construction - Surveying Equipment and Soil Laboratory £57,490

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