The Marches LEP’s Skills Advisory Panel provides strong leadership on skills in the local area through commissioning data and evidence into skills issues, engagement with training providers and liaison with employers.
The Skills Advisory Panel provides a strong leadership role on skills in the local area through commissioning data and evidence into skills issues, engagement with training providers and liaison with employers. When investment decisions are being made, the SAP will advise and support providers to develop programmes that are evidenced based and that meet the needs of local employers. The SAP feeds into the Skills and Productivity Board which is an expert committee providing independent, evidence-based advice to ministers at the Department for Education on matters relating to skills and their contribution to productivity.
In addition to the SAP activities, the Marches LEP continues to work with the Department for Education, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to highlight national employment and skills initiatives and promote their take up.
The LEP is tackling the skills challenge in a variety of ways, including investing Growth Deal funding into projects across the region. The Marches Local Skills Report and Action Plan were reviewed during 2020 to accurately reflect the priorities outlined in our SEP and economic recovery plan agreed by the SAP. The Marches LEP Local Skills Report was finalised and published at the end of March 2021 following extensive consultation with partners.
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.
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