Cumbria Chamber of Commerce has been appointed by the Department for Education (DfE) as a Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) Trailblazer. This followed a bidding opportunity earlier this year, open to any Employer Representative Bodies (ERBs), with all eight Trailblazers awarded to Chambers of Commerce.
The aim of LSIPs is to put employers at the heart of local skills programmes, seeking to ensure a responsive local skills system and the right skills provision to meet the needs of employers now and moving forward. This will involve engaging actively and effectively with both employers and providers.
Activity has to be completed by March 2022, so although we would prefer to recruit an in-house team we will need to follow a contracted route for some of our requirements, in particular around project set up and management, setting up and facilitating the steering group, stakeholder plan, coordinating research and testing conclusions with stakeholders and engaging with providers and other stakeholders regarding implementation of some conclusions.