Successful Launch Of Kent & Medway Manufacturing Focus Group (KMFG)

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Local Skills Improvement Plan
by Sarah Parrish

The Launch of the Kent & Medway Manufacturing Focus Group (KMFG) took place at the Bridgewood Manor Hotel on 26th April and was well supported by regional manufacturing and engineering businesses, education providers, representatives from the Local Authority and support services to the sectors.

The event opened with a welcome from Tudor Price, Deputy CEO of the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce.  Lucy Druesne, the Skills Programme Manager for the Kent & Medway Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) then addressed the large audience in attendance and outlined the objectives of the LSIP and the importance of Kent & Medway businesses being a part of the skills conversation in the region.

Jonathan Shaw, the Strategic Director for Kent Further Education was also at the event and we were delighted that he was able to update those there on the skills focus in terms of Government Policy, the leadership of this at a local level and to highlight the fantastic new Strategic Development Fund (SDF) supported facilities the three local college groups in our region have recently opened alongside all they have been doing to support businesses in the sectors in response to the LSIP Pilot and ensuring the talent pipeline and upskilling of workforce.

The KMFG will meet every last Wednesday of the month with a mix of both in person and online engagement and further details on the interactive calendar of events will be released shortly. If you weren’t able to make the Launch please do join us at a future date.

We thank all who came along to the launch and we look forward to supporting these vital sectors within Kent and Medway.