Skills Advisory Panels (SAP) were first introduced by Government in its Industrial Strategy launched in November 2017.
Since the launch of the SAP Guidance and Toolkit in December 2018 by the Department for Education, the Marches LEP has been working on the transition from the Skills Board to the Skills Advisory Panel. The new Skills Advisory Panel will replace the Marches LEP Skills Board in October 2019.
The purpose of Skills Advisory Panels is to bring together local employers and skills providers to pool knowledge on skills and labour market needs.
The SAP will ensure that it can provide well-evidenced, robust advice to influence investment and strategic decisions (including the People foundation of our Local Industrial Strategy (LIS)) for addressing local skills challenges and ultimately drive change for the Marches region. With this information, the SAP will be able to advise and support providers in order to influence delivery of the skills required by employers.
The Department for Education is working closely with LEPs to develop an analytical toolkit to help build analytical capability for each SAP. We will also continue to build on our work with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to support the development of a new digital skills toolkit and increase our understanding of digital skills trends in line with the priorities outlined in our SEP.
Our Skills Plan will be updated by March 2010 to accurately reflect the priorities outlined in our LIS, SEP and agreed by the SAP.
The LEP is already tackling the skills challenge in a variety of ways, including investing Growth Deal funding into projects across the region. You can read more about the skills capital Growth Deal projects here.
And as part of its commitment to supporting business, a dedicated skills portal has been developed to assist employers looking for providers and courses for their workforces. Click here for The Marches Skills Search website.
You can also find lots of useful information on Amazing Apprenticeships.
Apprenticeship standards describe the occupational profile linked to the knowledge, skills and behaviours that bring full competence in a particular occupation. They describe how an apprentice can demonstrate mastery of this occupation by the end of the apprenticeship.
A short video on skills and apprenticeships can be viewed here: