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Local Skills Improvement Plans (LSIPs) – What is an LSIP?

November 27, 2022

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The skills for jobs white paper set out the government’s blueprint for reshaping the technical skills system to better meet the needs of employers and the wider economy.

As part of this new approach, the Department for Education has introduced local skills improvement plans (LSIPs) and a strategic development fund (SDF).


Local skills improvement plans

LSIPs will provide an agreed set of actionable priorities that employers, providers and stakeholders in a local area can get behind to drive change.

LSIPs will:

Employer representative bodies have been designated to lead the development of LSIPs for all 38 areas of England.

The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LSIP is led by Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce.

LSIP’s aim to set out how “local provision needs to change to help people know and develop the skills they need to get good jobs and increase their prospects”. An important aspect of this is  improving prospective learners’ awareness and understanding of shifting employer and industry needs and how local technical education provision is adapting. The Stoke Staffs Careers Hub will connect the insight of the LSIP to these learners, and vice versa, through the expertise of those who are best placed to promote the change directly to learners and educational institutions.

What Schools Say About Us

Being part of the Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Careers Hub has been pivotal to the development of careers provision in our school. The Hub have shared good practice across their members resulting in a stronger focus on good quality provision. The annual event enabled the hub to share their vision of School Improvement Through The Lens of Careers and looking beyond the Benchmarks. It was a fantastic opportunity to share different models of school improvement and strategies to further develop careers provision to enhance the future opportunities of our young people.

Mrs A Spencer, John Taylor High School

What Businesses Say About Us

It it superb to be able to speak with local schools, colleges, and businesses in Stoke and Staffs and show how important the partnerships are to bring the skills of the future. Educating those who educate the ones shaping the aspirations of young people is essential for the industry to grow and be more sustainable.”

Alison Tucker, St Modwen