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Employment and skills opportunities on the rise in Crawley

More training, employment and development opportunities for local residents and businesses are set to be developed, as set out in Crawley Borough Council’s new Employment and Skills Programme.



Since the original plan was launched in 2016, the council has made significant progress, helping more than 200 local residents move closer to obtaining employment by improving their skills and employability needs.  This tailored support, provided by Crawley Borough Council’s Employ Crawley, has seen many residents achieve real progression, with 26 achieving permanent employment.  

Employ Crawley also improves links between construction developers and education providers, via the Town Centre Skills Academy, which places apprentices on development sites across the town centre.

To support awareness of the wide ranging career pathways for young people, the inaugural Careers Fair held at K2 Crawley enabled students to meet with local businesses to help raise their aspirations for future career options. In addition, the council supports the delivery of STEMfest, an annual programme of outreach events designed to raise awareness of careers in STEM subjects.

However, the updated programme sets out plans to further develop and support the business and employment landscape as well as improving social mobility across the town.

This includes:

  • Creating and promoting new pathways for residents into Higher Education, Degree Apprenticeships to upskill Crawley residents so more people can access the higher skilled opportunities available within Crawley
  • Help Crawley businesses overcome skills gaps through innovative new training courses, particularly in high level STEM
  • Improving the employability of young people by facilitating access and awareness to key vocational skills, apprenticeships and work experience and bridging the gap between education and business
  • Empower the most disadvantaged local residents through tailored advice, guidance and skills training, boosting employability and helping them to access core skills, qualifications and job opportunities
  • Champion Crawley as a Living Wage Town, the wage set by the Living Wage Foundation, to increase income levels for residents

Crawley is currently almost bottom in social mobility rankings, with the State of the Nation report ranking Crawley 304th out of 324 local authorities for social mobility. However, to combat this, the council is looking to implement a programme of workshops, activities and outreach opportunities through Employ Crawley and partnership organisations that tackle the needs of residents, aiming to help raise their skills levels and support them with their journey towards and into employment. 

Supporting the delivery of the programme is the council’s new Employment and Skills Officer, Alison Constable who joined earlier this month.

Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said:

“Crawley is a great place to live, work and do business and the council wants to ensure that local people and businesses get first pick of the opportunities that the town has to offer.

“We have made great strides since launching the first Employment and Skills Plan, but there is more to do and we are looking forward to building on our success so far.


DON’T FORGET: From 1st Dec you must show ID when visiting Crawley’s Household Recycling site

Residents are being reminded that they will need to take ID with them when they visit a West Sussex Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) from 1 December 2019.



The new system is designed to save West Sussex taxpayers £250,000 per year by ensuring the sites are only used by those who pay for them.

Householders will need to prove they live within West Sussex by showing a form of ID such as a drivers licence or council tax bill.

The scheme has been introduced due to the high number of people travelling across county boundaries to recycle and dispose of their waste. This has a significant impact on waste disposal costs which ultimately fall to the West Sussex taxpayer.

Surveys have shown that an average of one in ten people using HWRSs closest to the county borders live outside of West Sussex.

At East Grinstead, this can increase to as many as one in five people. 

In response to this residents in certain areas of Surrey will be able to continue using the East Grinstead Household Waste Recycling Site, following an agreement between Surrey and West Sussex County Councils.

The councils have agreed a settlement which means Surrey residents living in the following postcodes – RH7 6, RH10 3, RH19 2, RH19 3, TN8 7, TN8 5 and TN8 6 – who find it easier to use the East Grinstead site, will still be able to do so.

All other sites in West Sussex will be restricted to West Sussex residents only from 1 December.

The new policy will be enforced through identification checks at HWRSs entrances to confirm that the site visitor pays their council tax to West Sussex County Council. 

People will need to show only one form of identification, such as:

• Current driving licence (photo card or paper licence)
• TV licence – less than a year old
• Council tax or utility bill – less than a year old

Further details about the changes can be found when visiting HWRSs and online at and

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