Stoke Staffs LEP

SAP Sector, Thematic Reports & Employer Skills Surveys




Sector Reports

Alongside the completion of the evidence base, work is also being conducted by the SSLEP to provide a detailed understanding of priority and locally important sectors in the LEP economy to consider the issues, challenges, and opportunities faced within the sector.

The evidence is being developed in consultation with local sector body representatives and networks. The sector reports completed to date include, construction, advanced manufacturing and logistics. These are available here:


ADVANCED MANUFACTURING                      


Further sector reports are being prepared and will feature here once completed.



Thematic reports

Cross cutting reports are also being completed as a supplement to the SAP evidence base. The reports completed to date include digital and young people and adults.


YOUNG PEOPLE                   


Further cross cutting reports are being completed for the following themes and will be available here once completed.

If you have any comments on any of the reports would you please complete the comments form available here in response to the questions detailed, and return to: 

Employer Skills Surveys

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership commissioned Watermelon Research to conduct a telephone survey with businesses across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

You can read the final business survey headline report here: SSLEP SAP Business Survey Headline Report

In total, 1,503 interviews were completed during the fieldwork period which ran from January 7 to February 7 2020. A 10 minute survey was designed which sought to inform future SSLEP and partner support on business needs and issues.

Interviews were conducted with a range of businesses in terms of sector, size and geographical area with quotas set to achieve the most robust and useful insights from the survey to meet local strategic needs.

Following completion of fieldwork, weighting was applied to the data for sector, size and geographical area to ensure the results were representative of businesses in the area. Along with this main report, 10 sectoral reports have also been produced to cover off any key sector differences to the overall findings.












Digital Skills Employer Survey

Serco Employment and Enterprise commissioned a digital skills business survey on behalf of Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership as part of its Skills Support for the Workforce project. The research has been funded by Education & Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.

You can read the survey here: Serco_SSLEP_Digital_Skills_Business_Survey_2020_Report_V3F

The research sets out to gain a better understanding of local digital skills demand issues so that resources can be allocated more effectively and local training provision can be more targeted, hence helping Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire businesses to improve productivity and achieve their potential.  A telephone and parallel online survey were completed with 303 businesses from across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire between 7 February and 21 February 2019 (with the online survey remaining open for a further month). To ensure a representative sample, quota targets were set on SIC, number of employees and Local Authority area.


  • The Skills Support for the Workforce project received funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit

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