A blueprint which highlights the future skills needs for the Dover district was released to businesses this morning as part of the Dover Skills & Business Expo.

The report, Future Skills for Dover, identifies areas which are likely to see the biggest job creation, and helps explain the careers opportunities available to members of the public in Dover. It was commissioned by the Dover Business Forum following a survey which saw employers highlight skills gaps as one of the leading challenges in the future.

The report takes a long term perspective, showcasing the job growth the district is likely to experience over the next 15 years.

Graham Razey, Principal of East Kent College, launched the report in front of a business audience at a special breakfast presentation.

He said: “Delivering the skills which the local economy needs is of fundamental importance to our College. This report highlights the potential skills gaps we could see emerging in the Dover district, and helps us all plan accordingly.

“The report also shows the career opportunities available to the public right now, giving them the knowledge they need to develop the skills which Dover requires to continue to grow and flourish.”

The report highlights the growth taking place due to a range of exciting investments and projects already underway in Dover. These include the Dover St James development; development of a new cargo terminal and logistics hub at Dover Western Docks; construction of new manufacturing space at the Discovery Park Enterprise Zone; launch of a new visitor centre at the Betteshanger Country Park; launch of the new Dover Maritime Skills Academy and investment in skills and training at East Kent College.

Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council, said: “We’re seeing record levels of investment in the Dover district creating jobs now and into the future.  We want to make sure local people have the right skills for these jobs and this report underpins much of the investment taking place by local skills and training providers to support local employers.”

To view the report in full or to find out more information about the range of opportunities in Dover visit

Posted on 15/11/2016