Skills Advisory Panels
The Marches LEP’s Skills Advisory Panel (SAP) was created in October 2019 and, as a sub-group of the Marches LEP Board, builds on the work completed by the earlier Skills Board. It 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.
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 will be updated during 2020 to accurately reflect the priorities outlined in our SEP and economic recovery plan 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.
We have developed an Employer Toolkit to help local businesses understand how apprenticeships can impact on their business performance. This step by step guide is intended to help businesses at the various stages of the apprenticeship journey, directing them to key information as well as local support services which are available.
The LEP has been proactive in attracting funding to support training and skills development projects for example the Marches Construction Ready Partnership.
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:
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.