The Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP)


Over the last week the LSIP project team have been holding a series of Case for Change Subgroup sessions with stakeholders. These virtual subgroup sessions were to share the findings from all the work that’s taken place around the data analysis, stakeholder research and workshops held last year that have helped build up a picture of the skills challenges in the Sussex area and potential ideas for solutions, into our Case for Change.


The Case for Change Subgroup sessions were extremely well attended and have provided valuable feedback from businesses and stakeholder partners across the Sussex area.  We will now use all this feedback to develop possible skills solutions into a Roadmap for Change, to be included in the final Local Skills Improvement Plan to be submitted to government in March 2022.


We are now delighted to be able to share the full Case for Change Slide Deck with stakeholders - Click Here


If you were unable to join one of the Case for Chance Subgroup sessions and would like to provide feedback, or indeed did join a session but wish to give further feedback,  please do complete this Case for Change Survey by Friday 21 January 2022. Click Here


Alternatively, scan the QR Code to take the survey on a mobile phone or tablet.




NESTA Skills Taxonomy Workshop - 24 January 2022 – 2.00pm – 3.00pm


We have been working with Nesta, who are building a Sussex Skills Taxonomy, which will measure sector skill demands and identify and visualise significant skills shortages in the region.


In this workshop Nesta will present preliminary results from their analysis of job adverts in Sussex and the skills mentioned within these adverts. They will be inviting feedback on the indicators that they are tracking, and they will be seeking ideas for additional indicators that would be useful for attendees. 


To book onto the NESTA workshop please click here.


LSIP Roadmap for Change Consultation Sessions - February 2022


In February we will be hold three consultation workshops to share the final priorities and project plans for inclusion within the LSIP to be submitted to government


Date Time Virtual/Face to Face Booking details
Wednesday 16 February 1.30pm–4.00pm Crawley Football Club Click Here
Monday 21 February 1.30pm–4.00pm Amex Stadium, Brighton Click Here
Tuesday 22 February 1.30pm–4.00pm Virtual Meeting Click Here


Please email


BREAKING NEWS – Future LSIP engagement events details below please scroll down for information and to book.


We need to understand your skills challenges, so as a pilot area, we can implement a new skills system fit for the future of your business.



Sussex Chamber of Commerce is delighted to have been chosen by the Department for Education as one of eight Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIPs) trailblazer chambers across the country.

Over the next few months, we will work with employers and employer representative groups, to identify the local needs and solutions to address them in our key sectors:

  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Digital
  • Visitor and Cultural Industries (includes Hospitality, Cultural & Arts)
  • Land-based (includes Agriculture and Viticulture)
  • Health and Care (includes Bio Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical)


There is universal agreement that only through a collaborative and joined up approach we will generate a plan that truly recognises the skills needs, and more importantly, some of the solutions that colleges, universities and providers will need to implement to address these.

It is also recognised that we need to build on the intelligence and information that is already available, and this project will work closely with businesses, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), local authorities and local skills groups to build on the wealth of existing evidence to develop a skills improvement plan that really will make a difference to Sussex’s productivity and prosperity.


Welding, Iron, Worker, Industry, Steel, Welder


Overall purpose is to:

  • Build shared understanding around skills needs
  • Extend collaboration between education and training providers and employers to meet identified needs in priority sectors
  • Deploy innovative and effective ways of reaching employers and collating futures skills needs in a meaningful way
  • Translate needs into an effective tool to support providers adapt their offers

Skills have never been a more important topic as we re-open our economy and lives in general and we start to address the post covid and post Brexit world.


The LSIP plan needs to:

  • Add value
  • Be different
  • Challenge the norm
  • Provide new insights
  • Disrupt the status quo
  • Be innovative


Specification of skills needs

  • Marshall on-the-ground intelligence from employers to identify and articulate unmet and future skills needs in Sussex (priority sectors and cross cutting)

What needs to change and why

  • identify and set out what needs to change in the local skills system and why (evidence based)
  • Set out the identified supply and demand barriers to a more responsive skills system

Roadmap for delivering change

  • Agree with providers and others what local action can be taken to improve responsiveness
  • Set out specific interventions are needed to address barriers that are preventing the system from adapting


Teacher, Learning, School, Teaching, Classroom


Benefits to Business and Providers:

  • Improve productivity and fill skills gaps with locally grown talent
  • Create international competitiveness
  • Increase economic growth
  • Strengthen links between employers and further education and providers
  • Place employers at the heart of defining local skills needs
  • Improve the skills system will be crucial to building an agile and adaptable workforce
  • Support people to get the skills our economy needs and give them opportunities to progress in their careers.
  • Make sure people can access training and learning flexibly throughout their lives
  • Support growth industries


Collaboration and joint working statements

Sussex and Kent Invicta Chambers of Commerce, Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Southeast LEP are pleased to be working collaboratively on the development of two Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) trailblazers for Sussex and for Kent & Medway.

The relationship between the Chambers and the LEPs’ employer led Skills Advisory Panels (SAPs) will be key to understanding demand, with business representatives bringing a wealth of expertise and sector specific experience, and a commitment to understanding and tackling skills gaps.

Further Education partners from Sussex and Kent are also engaged to ensure colleges and providers are primed to consider approaches to respond to the emerging challenges.

The LSIPs will build on existing data and research activity from the SAPs to better understand skills shortages in priority sectors within the LSIP geographies. This joint approach will allow us to share lessons learned with other areas, notably Surrey and Essex which also fall within the two LEP areas.”

Ana Christie, CEO of Sussex Chamber added: “The Sussex Chamber led LSIP will play a key role in articulating employers’ skills needs, therefore helping to ensure our region can produce talented people needed to fill highly skilled jobs and keep the county at the forefront of technology and innovation. Innovation is key to improving productivity and creating highly skills jobs. The LSIP will help make sure the provision of technical training meets the future needs of employers.”

The Sussex Chamber of Commerce and the Sussex Council of Training Providers are pleased to be working in collaboration on this important piece of work, in support of a countywide commitment to understanding and tackling local skills gaps. Working together, we will support provider involvement, enabling you to be in the best possible position to consult on, and consider, the new approaches developed through the plan. Regular updates will be shared with the membership to keep you abreast of developments.


Useful References:


Skills for Jobs: Lifelong Learning for Opportunity and Growth

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Skills and Education Bill:



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