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Local Skills Improvement Plans

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL14543, tabled on 23 March 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that local skills improvement plans will meet the skills gaps in each local authority.

Answered on

8 April 2021

Business representative organisations will be given the leading role in developing Local Skills Improvement Plans in trailblazer areas, informed by key stakeholders such as local authorities, so that they provide credible and evidence-based assessments of local skills gaps and priorities. The plans will bring colleges and other providers together to agree how skills gaps can best be filled, and our Strategic Development Funding will support colleges and other providers to do this in trailblazer local areas.

It is our intention to legislate to put the employer leadership of Local Skills Improvement Plans on a statutory footing, strengthening the voice of employers in local skills systems across the country. We will also consult on introducing new accountability structures to underpin their delivery.