Stoke Staffs LEP

 Skills Advisory Panel Board


The Skills Advisory Panel Board is being established in line with the government guidance, a brief background is below:

• Skills Advisory Panels (SAPs) are a 2017 Conservative manifesto commitment to “deal with local skills shortages and ensure that colleges deliver the skills required by employers through Skills Advisory Panels and Local Enterprise Partnerships working at a regional and local level”.

• SAPs aim to strengthen the relationship between employers and education or training providers in local areas. The panels will use robust labour market analysis to understand skills needs and supply and address priorities effectively, improving productivity and their local economy.

• SAPs analysis will underpin the ‘People’ pillar of the Local Industrial Strategies (LISs) to be produced Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and a guidance document has been developed by DfE to support this.

• SAPs will be aligned to the broader work to implement the recommendations of the LEP Review and development of Local Industrial Strategies.

Each SAP board will assess skill demand/need data, and manage relationships in order to use the SAP analysis to create a common understanding and move skill priorities forward, and deliver priorities through influencing a more efficient allocation of resources.


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 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

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