09 Dec 2021

Discovery Park Skills Hub Launch

The launch of a new partnership will ensure businesses at a life science campus are in the best possible place in Kent to grow their workforce.

The owners of Discovery Park, the life science and innovation campus near Sandwich, have brought together the combined expertise of Canterbury Christ Church University, EKC Group, Pfizer, The Stem Hub and University of Kent, to create the Skills Hub. This is a way for tenants to offer further training to their workforce, as well as helping them to find new talent to drive their businesses forward.

Announcing the launch of Skills Hub, Jane Kennedy, Chief Business Officer at Discovery Park, said: “Gaining access to people with the right skills continues to be one of the biggest challenges facing businesses of all sizes and in many sectors: this is our way to help.

“Access to skills is critical to improving business productivity and strengthening the Kent economy. The Skills Hub will connect more than 160 organisations based at Discovery Park with the area’s young people and adults looking to retrain. It will tap into the combined expertise of our partners, including our local further education college groups and universities, and ensure there is a pipeline of talent.”

The Skills Hub will help companies navigate the complex landscape of qualifications, from work placements and traineeships, through internships and apprenticeships to graduates. It will also help promote awareness among businesses of the recently created T Levels, which are the equivalent of three A Levels and designed to meet the needs of industry.

Thanks to the combined expertise of the partners in the Skills Hub, companies will also be able to foster knowledge transfers with academia and industry, as well as forge stronger digital skills within the workforce.

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