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Latest update on the LSIP Local Skills Improvement Plan

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Published 10:00 on 27 Sep 2021

LSIP, Communications brief update 24 Sep 21

We are delighted to announce that Clare Witz will start as Project Director today (27/9). We are so happy to secure Clare who is well known across Sussex in the learning, skills and business landscape and was most recently Skills Manager at Coast to Capital LEP. Claire has a wealth of experience in strategic and project management and has successfully delivered outcomes for education agencies, public and private sector organisations, training providers as well as the voluntary and community sector. We look forward to developing the LSIP with Claire's experience and expertise.

Like all Trailblazers our initial bid for funding was submitted to the Department on 10 September and the project is currently in the initial mobilisation phase with the establishment. We are due to receive an update on guidance early Oct and, all being well, a grant letter so that the activities can really start to start in earnest within the next two weeks..

Due to the current recruitment challenges, we are currently in discussions with organisations to outsource the data analysis and facilitating the employer engagement.

We are also finalising agreements with NESTA, a social enterprise, to develop a skills taxonomy for our county's key sectors as well as developing a website to support our planned conversations with business leaders.

Following a positive meeting with DfE (Department for Education) this week they have stressed the importance of developing an LSIP which adds value and is innovative, challenges the norm and provides new insights whilst disrupting the status quo. This is an exciting challenge that we are keen to meet at Sussex Chamber and as wide a range of employers and employer groups as possible.

There is universal agreement that only through a collaborative and joined up approach will we generate a plan that truly recognises the skills needs, and almost more importantly, some of the solutions that colleges, universities and providers will need to implement in order 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 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and Local Authorities and local skills groups to build on the wealth of existing evidence to develop an improvement plan that really will make a difference to Sussex's productivity and prosperity.

LSIP Plan of Activities and Engagement "save the dates"

We have also developed a timetable of initial meetings which will evolve and further insights and meetings will need to be scheduled within this. Invites and ways of signing up for these initial dates will be shared in the coming days for the virtual events and as soon as venues have been confirmed for the face-to-face events.

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.

Wed 6 October

3pm to 5pm

Virtual

All key stakeholders Board structure, aims, priorities, scope, data analysis. Set the scene

Time: Oct 6, 2021 15:00 London

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2291183087?pwd=bzlqc2RGdU81Q3d0alR0aTJzNEFjQT09

Meeting ID: 229 118 3087 Passcode: 12345

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbwI5xzoKT

Wed 27 October

1.30pm to 4.30pm

Face to Face

Workshop* East Sussex

Thurs 28 October

9am to 12 pm

Face to Face

Workshop* North 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* South Sussex

Thurs 25 November

9am to 12pm

Face to Face

Workshop* West Sussex

Wed 8 December

2pm to 4pm

Virtual

LSIP Board

Thurs 6 January

10 am to 12pm

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

*Workshop focus "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".

Communications

We are developing further communication channels which will be available shortly and are currently out for communications and creative agencies to support us with the development of this.

Further updates and announcements will be made shortly as we plan meetings and employer engagement.

To get involved please email skills@sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk

Collaboration and joint working statements

Two Chambers and two LEPs have agreed the following statement, alongside the Kent and Sussex FE Provider networks:

"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.

Last updated 10:10 on 4 October 2021

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