Stoke Staffs LEP

Skills Advisory Panel Evidence Base


To support the Skills Advisory Panel (SAP) with effective strategic decision making and the commissioning of skills provision which meets the needs of the local economy we are currently developing a comprehensive SAP evidence base of skills needs and priorities in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

The SAP evidence base is based on guidance provided by the DfE in the form of an Analytical Toolkit to support local areas to carry out high quality local skills analysis and build robust evidence on local skills needs, wider labour market challenges and priorities to inform the local skills agenda.

The evidence will create a common understanding of local skills demand and supply issues and influence a more efficient allocation of resources through the development of action plans to deliver local skills priorities. The evidence and action plans will inform the development of the Local Industrial Strategy (LIS), helping Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire improve its productivity and achieve its potential.

The SAP evidence base is broken down into five stages aligned to the SAP analytical framework. The stages and latest version of the evidence base for each stage is available here:



Stage 1: Analysis & definition of the local landscape
• Examination of the current economic landscape in the area
• Determine performance benchmarks within and across multiple geographical levels
(Please note that this stage has been incorporated throughout the SAP evidence base rather than in a separate section)

Stage 2: Analysis of skills demand
• Identification of the strengths and weaknesses in labour markets
• Exploration of skill needs based on current and future demand
• Insight into business and employer environments

Stage 3: Analysis of skills supply
• Determine available skills against those required in the area
• Identification of potential challenges that may restrict skills supply

Stage 4: Mapping of demand and supply
• Assessment of the types of skills gaps and the causes
• Ascertain whether learner provision and business development meets demand
• Assessment of the likelihood in meeting future demand through current supply

Stage 5: Conclusions
• Derive skills priorities for the local area to improve economic efficiency
• Outline the available or required mechanisms to support the delivery of the skills and employment priorities

The LEP would value your input on the SAP evidence base so that it fully reflects the characteristics of Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire. If you have any comments regarding the evidence base, please complete the comments form available here and return to