The Marches LEP’s Skills Advisory Panel provides strong local leadership by increasing understanding of our labour market and skills issues, driving engagement with employers and liaison with training providers.
Skills Advisory Panels (SAPs) bring together employers, skills providers and key local stakeholders to better understand and resolve skills challenges and opportunities.
In January 2021,Department for Education (DfE) published its White Paper Skills for Jobs: Lifelong Learning for Opportunity and Growth, which set out reforms aimed at putting employers more firmly at the heart of the skills system. This committed to building on the work of SAPs.
Using DfE grant funding, the Marches LEP has undertaken a detailed analysis of its local labour market and, through extensive consultation with partners, it developed a Local Skills Report in 2021. This set out local strengths and skills needs, in line with the Marches Strategic Economic Plan and included an action plan detailing how the Marches SAP proposed to address its key priorities. The Local Skills Report aims to influence local partners and feed intelligence to central government, including the national-level Skills and Productivity Board (SPB).
The Marches Local Skills Report has been updated in January 2022 to reflect progress made by partners, to ensure alignment with the Marches Economic Recovery Plan and to take account of the changing policy landscape. This is a draft document until it has formally been approved by the Marches LEP Board in March 2022.
The Marches LEP’s Skills Advisory Panel (SAP) was created in September 2019 and, as a sub-group of the Marches LEP Board, builds on the work completed by the earlier Skills Board.
The LEP has been proactive in attracting funding to support training and skills development projects for example the Marches Construction Ready Partnership.
As part of our commitment to supporting business, a dedicated skills portal has been developed to assist employers looking for providers and courses for their workforces.
Click here to visit the The Marches Skills Search website.