The Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP)



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.


Commencing in October 2021 we worked to identify the local needs and solutions to address them in our key sectors:

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


This involved working closely with partners, employer networks and local business leaders across the area to investigate and articulate the skills needed to support these organisations, improve the skills of local people, and increase the productivity of the local economy.


It was also recognised that we needed to build on the intelligence already available and the existing good practice skills initiatives currently taking place in the area.


Throughout the process there has been an incredible willingness to collaborate, with businesses, education providers and public sector partners coming together to provide creative, innovative, and challenging insights into the changes required to ensure a local skills system that is truly fit for purpose now and into the future.


All the research, engagement activities and collaboration detailed within the LSIP report has informed our Case for Change (Annex 8) and Roadmap for Change (Annex 9) and led to the creation of the Future Skills Sussex Improvement Framework.


Future Skills Sussex Improvement Framework


To take forward the identified skills priorities and solutions we have developed the Future Skills Sussex Improvement Framework (Annex 2), which will allow for the continuation and expansion of existing good practice, for the development of new and innovative approaches and for employers to be at the heart of an ongoing skills conversation. It will ensure that intelligence in all its forms is analysed and used to inform the skills provision on offer and will embed regular evaluation points to monitor progress and adapt the Framework Plan as appropriate.


We recognise there is still much to do to continue the work that has begun through the LSIP Trailblazer process and by adopting a Sussex wide systems leadership approach we have the means to develop, grow and deliver the framework in coalition.



Next Steps 


In May we expect to receive information from DfE regarding the rollout of LSIPs but we don’t want to lose momentum and the support of our stakeholders. Therefore, over the next few months we will be working up plans to launch Deep Dives into the Digital sector and Creative and Cultural sector, as detailed in the Future Skills Sussex Improvement Framework (Annex 2). To undertake these Deep Dives, we will work with employers and providers to further understand the specific skills needs of these key sectors in Sussex.


We are also currently working on the LSIP website, Future Skills Sussex, which we hope to launch shortly. The website holding page can be viewed:



LSIP Report:


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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: