The Department of Education has established the LSIP programme to provide an agreed set of actionable priorities that employers, providers and stakeholders in a local area can get behind to drive change. The goal is to place employers at the heart of local skills systems and facilitate direct and dynamic working arrangements between employers and providers. Employer representative bodies have been designated to lead the development of LSIPs for all 38 areas of England.
Kent Invicta Chamber has been confirmed as Employer Representative Body for Kent & Medway and will take forward the next stage of the Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) following a successful trailblazer LSIP published in May 2022.
In Kent & Medway, the LSIP team will work on three main axis:
- Amplifying the employer voice through engagement with employer in the identified sectors and with representative bodies.
- Working with training providers to support a coordinated approach to skills in the region and strengthening the role of employers when developing talent and future proofing skills needs.
- Maintaining momentum on taking forward the needs identified in the trailblazer LSIP and future updates.
Jo James, CEO of Kent Invicta Chamber, said:
“Attracting and retaining people with the right skills is crucial for businesses, people are the lifeblood of any business – bringing the skills and creativity we need for growth and success. The Local Skills Improvement Plans (LSIPs) is an exciting opportunity for Kent Invicta Chamber to continue to bring together employers and key stakeholders to set out the priorities needed to ensure local provision is reflective of emerging skills needs. This is a great opportunity for businesses in Kent & Medway to have a much stronger voice in local skills planning and ensuring the needs of business are at the heart of the skills system.”