Skills Advisory Panel Board & Local Skills Report
The Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Skills Advisory Panel Board is responsible for securing delivery of the SAP Local Skills Report (LSR) and its programme of activities and investments. Skills Advisory Panels (SAPs) bring together employers, skills providers and key local stakeholders to better understand and resolve skills mismatches at a local level. There are 36 SAPs across England as part of Mayoral Combined Authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships.
The SAP’s aim is to secure influences on resources and agencies for delivering its skills priorities, acting as a strategic commissioner of skills provision, on behalf of the SSLEP. The SAP Board will make recommendations on the strategic fit of skills projects and proposals to the LEP’s Future Workforce Group and Executive Board.
The SAP is chaired by Liz Barnes, Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive of Staffordshire University, and holds an approved term of reference. It includes representatives from the following partner organisations:
- Staffordshire County Council & Stoke-on-Trent City Council Cabinet
- District Council
- School Head teacher
- Employer, business
- Higher Education
- Further Education
- Training provider association
- Voluntary Community Sector
- Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce
- LEP skills lead officers
- Education & Skills Funding Agency
- Cities & Local Growth Unit
- Department for Work & Pensions
The Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire SAP has created a Local Skills Report, with support from the Department for Education. The aim of the Local Skills Report is to influence local partners to match the provision offer against employer skills demand and to feed intelligence to central government, including the national-level Skills and Productivity Board.
The Local Skills Report sets out the local strengths and skills needs and how the SAP proposes its addresses its key priorities. The report is underpinned by a set of core indicators Annex A – Core Indicators, a selection of skills related indicators provided by the SAP Programme Team, with supporting local analysis and intelligence.