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 Marches Skills Plan and Skills Action Plan was updated during 2020 to accurately reflect the priorities outlined in our SEP and economic recovery plan agreed by the SAP. The LEP is tackling the skills challenge in a variety of ways, including investing Growth Deal funding into projects across the region.
The Marches LEP Local Skills Report will be published at the end of March 2021 with the Local Skills Improvement Plan to follow later in 2021.
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.
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