Open4Business: Skills and Apprenticeships

Open4Business: Skills and Apprenticeships

Speaker line up announced for MSDC’s Skills and Apprenticeships event.

Open4Business 2019 will be held at Harlands Road College site, Haywards Heath, on 14th March

Mid Sussex District Council (MSDC) is proud to announce the speaker line-up for the 2019 return of its successful business expo event Open 4 Business: Skills and Apprenticeships. The event is being held at the Harlands Road College site in Haywards Heath on 14th March from 11.30am-4pm.

Pre-registration for the event, which is free to attend and open to all businesses and individuals interested in skills and apprenticeships, is now available via Eventbrite at the following link:

The speaker line-up features a range of experts from business, industry and education who will be presenting on subjects around skills and apprenticeships, a key theme of the Council’s Economic Development Strategy 2018-2031. Topics include busting myths about apprenticeships, the importance of STEM skills, how to tackle the skills gap and how to grow your own talent. The event will also play host to an exclusive pop up café, run by catering students from the Chichester College Group’s Crawley College campus.

Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth at MSDC, will kick start the speaker programme.The itinerary for the day is as follows:

11.30: Doors open

11.50-11.55: Cllr Jonathan Ash-Edwards, Deputy Leader, MSDC

  • Opening remarks

12.00-12.20: Dr Ajay Sharman, Regional Network Lead, STEM learning

  • Playing your part: How employers can inspire the STEM generation

12.30 – 12.50: Marie Harris, Strategic lead for apprenticeships, Steve Willis Training

  • Busting apprenticeship myths

12.50 – 13.20: Lunch Break

13.20 – 13.40: Simon Chuter, Student Enterprise Manager, Sussex Innovation Centre

  • The Catalyst Team – a different way of accessing student talent

13.50 – 14.10: Holly Ryder and Dexter Hutchings, Young Apprentice Ambassador Network

  • Introducing YAAN and the benefits of apprenticeships for businesses

14.20 – 14.40: Jeff Alexander, CEO, Gatwick Diamond Business

  • Gatwick Diamond: meeting the skills challenge

14.50 – 15.10: Luke Murphy, TR Fastenings and Daniel Karlsson, East Sussex College

  • The benefits of growing your own to grow your business

15.20 – 15.40: Shelagh Legrave, CEO and Julie Kapsalis, MD, Chichester College Group

  • The different options for filling the skills gap within your organisation

16.00: Event close

Further information around the event can be found at or by following us on @midsussexo4b on Twitter and @midsussexdistrictcouncil on Facebook.

Event Details

Date: Thursday 14th March

Venue: Harlands Road College site, Harlands Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1LT

Time: 11.30am – 4pm