SAP Sector, Thematic Reports & Employer Skills Surveys
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:
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.
Locality reports for each of the Staffordshire boroughs and districts alongside Stoke-on-Trent have also been produced to provide a more granular level of economy and skills analysis beyond that provided in the full SAP evidence base.
These reports cover a wide range of key performance indicators to provide a better understanding of local economy and skills issues, challenges and opportunities. The reports are available here:
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 https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.
The Skills Advisory Panel Board Skills Strategy
The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SSLEP) has a key role in driving economic growth and job creation across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire through the delivery of its ambitious Local industrial Strategy.
A fundamental aspect of this is to ensure that the skills offer supports economic growth and increased productivity. This position is highlighted even further following the emerging impact of the covid-19 pandemic on the economic and skills landscape.
We have developed a SSLEP Employment & skills strategy led by the Skills Advisory Panel (SAP) to drive this improvement and help deliver the skills required for our future success.
The strategy is underpinned by a suite of supporting documents and evidence on the SAP website https://www.stokestaffslep.org.uk/skilled-workforce/education-trust/ The SAP is led by a management board that includes representatives from businesses, educators, providers, local authorities, and the voluntary sector, working together to deliver and agreed vision and priorities, alongside a detailed implementation plan.
This SAP strategy will be considered a working document, which is regularly reviewed and updated in consultation with our partners.
You can read the latest version of the strategy here: SAP Strategy