METALL Masterclass: Skills

When: 8.00am-11am, Thursday 11th July

Where: Worthing College, 1 Sanditon Way, Worthing, BN14 9FD

Subject: In METALL #10 we looked at the local and national skills landscape in engineering, technology and manufacturing, and thought about some practical steps for a local solution. Some very clear challenges and opportunities presented themselves through the data and through discussion:

  1. The lack of female entrants into STEM learning and the subsequent workforce is a national and local crisis.
  2. The language between education and business is often not shared, with assumptions made from both sides.
  3. We need a highly skilled all-age workforce, attracting and up-skilling the best staff; regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, background or if they need to work flexibly.

This Skills Masterclass will deepen and extend the previous conversation, honing in on a bold mission for West Sussex with some tangible and practical actions for participating businesses and educators to take forward – both within each organisation and collaboratively. This Masterclass is part of a series from METALL, delivered in partnership with Coastal West Sussex Partnership, Sussex Learning Network and always possible.


Richard Freeman, CEO, always possible

The workshop will be run by Richard Freeman of always possible, a place-making consultancy focused on the future of skills, innovation and culture.

Richard has been a training sector, creative and technical skills and workforce strategist for over 13 years and is a facilitator and advisor to a range of business networks, enterprises, education networks and think tanks across the UK. Richard has been Lead Projects Consultant with the Sussex Council of Training Providers since 2015 and this year was appointed Programme Director of Essex 2020, the first county-wide year-long celebration of science, engineering and creativity in the UK. 

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