Essex Chambers of Commerce chosen by the Department for Education as lead for delivering the Essex Local Skills Improvement Plan

Essex Chambers of Commerce chosen by the Department for Education as lead for delivering the Essex Local Skills Improvement Plan

The Essex Chambers of Commerce is delighted to announce that we have been chosen by the Department for Education as lead for delivering the Essex Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP).

The LSIPs are being developed across England to provide employers with a voice and gain a perspective of the skills they need. We will be working with local employers and partners over the coming weeks and months to develop a plan to capture the skills needs and to identify the action-based solutions required to enable local colleges and skills providers to effectively meet that need.

In order to develop a clear picture of what is needed we will be reaching out to the business community via an Employers survey, one-to-one employer engagement meetings with the Chambers Employer Engagement team and Business Engagement Events – details can be found on our website. Working closely with the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), other Chambers / Employer Representative Bodies (ERBs) and local authorities we will use the wealth of existing evidence available while also undertaking additional research – starting with an Employers survey.

As the Essex LSIP progresses, we will be establishing an Employer Board to oversee development of the plan and ensure that local employers views are at the forefront of the plan.

Denise Rossiter, CEO of the Essex Chambers of Commerce said:

“The Essex Chamber of Commerce and Industry are proud to have been selected by the DfE to lead such an important agenda. Employers frequently tell us that they cannot recruit staff with the right skills for their business, this project will firmly put them in the driving seat. The LSIP will bring together employers and education providers to identify key priorities and solutions to ensure that Essex businesses get the skilled staff they need”

Andy Sparks, LSIP Director of the Essex Chambers of Commerce said:

“The time has come for a new approach to skills planning and the Essex LSIP is a fantastic opportunity for the Essex Chamber of Commerce & Industry to be at the centre of that evolution. Through this project we will bring together employers and providers to fully understand the skills needs of Essex and seek innovative solutions to bridge the gaps. We must ensure that the local workforce is equipped with the knowledge and skills needed by employers to boost our economy in these difficult times”

We want to hear from as many local employers as possible, we are looking forward to developing a plan which makes a difference and we hope you will want to get involved.

Complete our Employers Survey herewww.essexchambers.co.uk/local_skills_improvement_plan_survey.htm

Find out more about the Essex LSIP herewww.essexchambers.co.uk/local_skills_improvement_plan_lsip.htm