Skills Hub launched at Discovery Park

New hub to strengthen skills at Discovery Park

The launch of a new partnership will ensure businesses at a life science campus are in the best possible place in Kent to grow their workforce.

The owners of Discovery Park, the life science and innovation campus near Sandwich, have brought together the combined expertise of Canterbury Christ Church University, EKC Group, Pfizer, The Stem Hub and University of Kent, to create the Skills Hub. This is a way for tenants to offer further training to their workforce, as well as helping them to find new talent to drive their businesses forward.

Announcing the launch of Skills Hub, Jane Kennedy, Chief Business Officer at Discovery Park, said: “Gaining access to people with the right skills continues to be one of the biggest challenges facing businesses of all sizes and in many sectors: this is our way to help.

“Access to skills is critical to improving business productivity and strengthening the Kent economy. The Skills Hub will connect more than 160 organisations based at Discovery Park with the area’s young people and adults looking to retrain. It will tap into the combined expertise of our partners, including our local further education college groups and universities, and ensure there is a pipeline of talent.”

The Skills Hub will help companies navigate the complex landscape of qualifications, from work placements and traineeships, through internships and apprenticeships to graduates. It will also help promote awareness among businesses of the recently created T Levels, which are the equivalent of three A Levels and designed to meet the needs of industry.

Abbie Kempe, Head of Enterprise and Engagement at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “We are delighted to be part of this unique partnership that aims to break down the barriers to accessing skills development. The Skills Hub will make it easier for Industry to access our student and graduate talent and connect with our academic expertise, providing a platform to inspire and support a new generation of skills and initiatives”

Jonathan Smith, Director of Stakeholder Engagement at EKC Group, added: “Our Group’s mission is to play a leading part in enhancing the social and economic prosperity of the communities we serve, and through this partnership we’ll be helping deliver against that key agenda of ours.

“We’re excited to work in collaboration with our partners to ensure that the Skills Hub serves the needs of businesses at Discovery Park and acts as a catalyst for their continued growth by developing the next generation of skilled employees.”

Thanks to the combined expertise of the partners in the Skills Hub, companies will also be able to foster knowledge transfers with academia and industry, as well as forge stronger digital skills within the workforce.

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Notes to Editors

Discovery Park is a thriving part of the South East’s life science community. The site offers high quality laboratory, office and manufacturing facilities, the space and support to expand, access to local finance, and a strong local scientific talent pool. It was named recently one of six prestigious UK Life Sciences Opportunity Zones by the UK Government, and is developing its vision for a Manufacturing Village.

The growing tenant community includes Pfizer, which built the site’s reputation as a centre for drug discovery and discovered some of the most famous drugs in the world here. Other tenants include Algaecytes, Canterbury Christ Church University, Concept Life Sciences, eXroid, Genea Biomedx, LGC, Viatris, Psyros Diagnostics, Salvensis, VisusNano and Wren Healthcare.  Discovery Park is home to 160+ companies employing 3,500 employees in total. With easy connections to London, Europe and the world Discovery Park is a great place to build and grow your biotech, medtech or pharma business.  Email: or call: 01304 614060. 

Posted on 09/12/2021