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.

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
  • Land-based
  • Health and Care


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.


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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


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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


Stakeholder Briefing 6 Oct 21



How to get involved:


 Download - LSIP Board Member Recruitment Pack


 Download - LSIP Stakeholder Engagement Lead Application Information


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.


Useful References:


Skills for Jobs: Lifelong Learning for Opportunity and Growth

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Skills and Education Bill:

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