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:
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.
Overall purpose is to:
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:
Specification of skills needs
What needs to change and why
Roadmap for delivering change
Benefits to Business and Providers:
How to get involved:
Download - LSIP Board Member Recruitment Pack
Or Book onto one of our Activities shown below.
LSIP Plan of Activities and Engagement
The plan below will evolve, and further insights and meetings will be scheduled. Business organisations, town chambers, other business groups and representative bodies are ALL encouraged to involve their business members to ensure we all help shape future skills needs.
Employer conversations will begin in earnest, and these will continue until the New Year when the skills needs, and potential solutions will be synthesised into the Skills Improvement Plan which will be submitted to government by the end of February 2022 with the plan signed off by government by May that year.
This plan will then be implemented by colleges, universities, and the wider education provider network over the next three years, with the Chamber providing a key role in ensuring the agreed actions are implemented.
|Date||Time||Virtual/ Face to Face||Details|
|Wed 27 October||1.30pm to 4.30pm||Face to Face||Workshop – Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club, Eastbourne|
|Thurs 28 October||9am to 12 pm||Face to Face||Workshop – The Hawth Theatre, Crawley, West Sussex|
|Wed 3 November||4pm to 5pm||Virtual||LSIP Board – review initial data analysis|
|Wed 10 November||1.30pm to 4.30pm||Face to Face||Workshop – Jury's Inn, Brighton (by the train station), East Sussex|
|Thurs 25 November||9am to 12pm||Face to Face||Workshop – Fontwell Park Racecourse, West Sussex|
|Wed 8 December||2pm to 4pm||Virtual||LSIP Board|
|Thurs 6 January||1pm to 5pm||Virtual||LSIP Board|
|Thurs 12 January||1pm to 5pm||TBC||All Stakeholders – “Develop the case for change and roadmap for change” – innovation|
|Wed 19 January||1pm to 5pm||TBC||All Stakeholders – “Develop the case for change and roadmap for change” – innovation|
|Thurs 3 February||9am to 12pm||TBC||All Stakeholders – “Develop the case for change and roadmap for change” - innovation|
|Wed 9 February||All Day||TBC||LSIP Plan development|
|Thurs 17 February||All Day||TBC||LSIP Plan development|
|Wed 23 February||All Day||TBC||LSIP Plan development|
Workshops – “to develop the draft statement of unmet and future skills needs, review specification of skills needs, evidence – qualitative and quantitative, what needs to change and why”.
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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.
Skills for Jobs: Lifelong Learning for Opportunity and Growth
Skills and Education Bill: https://bills.parliament.uk/publications/41544/documents/288