Local Skills Improvement Plan

Putting employers at the heart of skills

We’ll be continuing to update this page as work on Cumbria’s Local Skills Improvement Plan progresses so please do keep coming back to check progress and get involved. We’re also communicating regularly through emails and other opportunities.

2024 Annual Report

Our Annual LSIP Progress Report was due to be published on 30th June. This has now been postponed until after the General Election. The Department for Education has published the following statement clarifying this:

The development and publication of an annual LSIP Progress Report which involves employers, skills providers and other stakeholders and covers what has been achieved and what still needs to happen at a local level, is a key tenet of the LSIP programme. Our Progress Report was due to be published on 30th June along with the Progress Reports from other local areas across the country and supported by national communications. As the 30th June now falls in the pre-election period the Department for Education (DfE) has asked us to postpone publication of our Progress Report until after the General Election. This is in line with a lot of government funded publication activity during this time. A revised date for publication will be set out by DfE in due course. In the meantime, our operational work to implement the LSIP continues.

Thank you!

Many thanks to the hundreds of you countywide who’ve been contributing to this year’s LSIP – and to the hundreds who contributed to the Trailblazer pilot.

Your input is absolutely fundamental to making this report something that really works for Cumbria

LSIP Report 2023

In producing this work the Chamber and a range of other employer bodies and industry specialists engaged with hundreds of employers countywide, employer bodies, providers and other stakeholders. Activity included both primary research (surveys, 1-2-1 discussions, focus groups) and secondary research. This included drawing on other studies commissioned by the DfE and others, slightly earlier or in parallel.

This is, and as always been intended as, a living document and partners have been working over the months since it was submitted to the Department for Education (DfE) to implement and continue to update actions. We’ll be keeping you posted on that progress moving forward.

If you’d like to discuss any element of the plan then please do get in touch.

Click HERE to download the full report

Underpinning LSIP Reports

Supporting the above LSIP report are a number of other reports, providing more detail on specific sectors:

Cumbria Clean Energy: Workforce Skills Requirement

Cumbria Offshore Wind

Land Based & Allied Sectors

Action Log

You can view the current update of our detailed action log here.

If you have any updates to this please let irene@cumbriachamber.co.uk know.

What is the Local Skills Improvement Plan?

LSIPs are employer-led and locally owned.

They set out the key priorities needed to make technical education and skills provision more responsive to the changing needs of employers and the local economy by:

While all post-16 technical education or training is in scope, an LSIP is not intended to be comprehensive anthology of all skills gaps in the area. It will be for employers, through us, to identify the most pressing skills issues. We’ll also be looking to complement spotlights on specific sectors by considering cross-cutting issues such as low carbon, digitalisation and transferable ‘soft’ skills affecting businesses in all sectors.

In addition to looking at existing qualifications and apprenticeships, our LSIP will identify the sort of non-accredited and quintessentially local provision that can best meet emerging skills need.

In essence it’s about ensuring we have the right provision to enable people to do their current and future jobs better.

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How can you get involved?

There will be continuing opportunities to take part in 1-2-1 discussions and workshops, complete surveys and review and comment on findings as we progress with further development of the LSIP right through to at least 2025.

We’ll be highlighting them here and elsewhere.

We have created a list of all training providers and colleges within the county, that offers apprenticeships, bootcamps and different programmes. Check and see what will be most suited to you and what is available to make a start on your career path through Cumbria with these institutions. The list below will have direct links to the local providers and check out opportunities and access their resources.

Please click to access their website:

We will be updating this list regularly and adding new training providers. Don’t forget to check on local businesses and organisations website to see what schemes and vacancies they have available.

What sectors and skills does the LSIP cover?

While LSIPs are employer-led, they’re certainly not about employer representative bodies (ERBs) or employers working alone. If we’re truly going to make this work in the best interests of Cumbria, then the range of stakeholders need to continue to work as actively and constructively together as for the pilot.

So we’re keen for everyone with an interest in skills to be actively involved:


  • Employers or all sizes and sectors, throughout the county (whether members of an organisation or not)


  • Employer representative bodies, local business groups and networks and professional organisations


  • Intermediaries and business support providers


  • FE Colleges, independent training providers, universities and other providers of relevant post-16 technical education and training


  • Local authorities and the LEP, including the Skills Advisory Panel


  • Jobcentre Plus and CIAG providers


  • Sector groups and centres of innovation


  • Groups and organisations who can help build understanding of the needs of employees and learners and the barriers they face, including those from disadvantaged and under-represented backgrounds as well as those with special educational needs and disabilities.


This isn’t an exhaustive list so if you don’t think you fit into the above list but have something to contribute please get in touch!

People gathered at a networking event

Who are our ERB partners?

As for the pilot, ERB partners working with us on the LSIP are:

  • British Energy Coast Business Cluster (BECBC)
  • Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
  • Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
  • Country Land and Business Association (CLA)
  • Cumbria Tourism
  • Farmer Network 
  • National Farmers Union (NFU)
  • Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
  • Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB)

Who to contact

Contact the LSIP project team irene@cumbriachamber.co.uk

Conflicts of interest

Openness, fairness and transparency are important to us. You can read our LSIP Conflicts of Interest Policy here and our Anti Bribery and Corruption Policy here.

You can read the Register of Interests for people working directly on the LSIP here.