The Crawley Economic Recovery Taskforce (CERT) created by your Labour led Council has five key priority areas including ‘Skills for Crawley People’. We have known for a long time that we already have a skills problem in Crawley as many people underachieve against their potential, often through no fault of their own. And many of the highest paid jobs are not held by Crawley residents. It is to start to address this that your Labour led council created the Town’s first ever Employment and Skills strategy in 2016 and updated it in 2019. You can read all about it here – Employment and Skills Programme.
But the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic has made this problem much worse as we have more people looking for work and less jobs on offer. So as part of the CERT recovery plan we have included a strategic priority: ‘Skills for the Future’. This is designed to significantly improve job opportunities for Crawley residents enabling people to improve their skills and make them more appropriate to Crawley business needs. (There are some companies in Crawley that are finding it difficult to recruit people with the right technology skills right now – so we need to help Crawley people get the skills to work in these jobs.) This will include vocational skills as well as formal learning and will help people to work for businesses including technology and other higher paid industries. Some of this training will be driven by changing opportunities generated by the ‘Green Transformation’ work taking place in Crawley as part of the CERT programme. Some will be provided by helping people get on to courses and training that already exist and some will be new with a focus on ‘STEM’ – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
We are partnering with Crawley College who are leading this activity and we are bringing in local businesses so that working together we can help people prepare for the jobs of tomorrow and help them to get back to work in Crawley.
And we are also strengthening our ‘Employ Crawley’ service, started by your Labour Council in 2016, that helps people to find work and training opportunities. This free service is up and running now and details are here – Employ Crawley. Give them a call if you are looking for a job.
So, we are doing what we can and, most importantly, ensuring that your Labour led Crawley Borough Council is taking the lead in bringing all the relevant organisations together to work with one aim in mind – Delivering for Crawley residents. No other political party has the vision or ambition to do this.
We would like to hear your ideas. You can email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions and ideas, and help us improve our Crawley recovery plan further. We have already been contacted by business people that are excited by our ideas and we welcome further contacts.
Cllr Peter Smith
Ifield and Ifield West
Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development
Note: the detail published plans are available to everyone here: Crawley Economic Recovery Task Force and Town Deal Board | Crawley GOV