In 2017, the Government’s White Paper ‘Industrial Strategy – Building a Britain fit for the future’ set out a policy framework against which major private and public sector investment decisions would be made. The Industrial Strategy confirmed the Government’s intention to agree Local Industrial Strategies that build on local strengths and deliver on economic opportunities.
The Industrial Strategy stated that Government would work to strengthen Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and committed to supporting the developemnt and delivery of their Local Industrial Strategies.
In October 2018, the Government published its ‘Local Industrial Strategies Policy Prospectus’ which made clear that LISs will be long-term, based on clear evidence and aligned to the national Industrial Strategy. They should set out clearly defined priorities for how cities, towns and rural areas will maximise their contribution to UK productivity and allow places to make the most of their distinctive strengths.
A key initiative under the Government’s Industrial Strategy is the devleopment of Skills Advisory Panel’s (SAPs) to address mismatches between skills supply and employer demand more effectively. The aim of SAPs is to support new local partnerships comprising of local employers, skills providers and local government to pool knowledge on skills and labour market needs, and to work together to understand and address key local challenges.
Find out more about the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire SAP here.