Local Skills Improvement Plans

Planning for skills needs in your local area

Local Skills Improvement Plans (LSIPs) were initiated in 2022 by the Department of Education as part of the Skills for Jobs White Paper legislation. The plans have been researched and developed across England by employer representative bodies (ERB’s), such as Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with local training providers and employers.

The plans reviewed local skills needs and training provision and identified current and future skills shortages.

City & Guilds have reviewed all 38 local plans and identified common themes to support curriculum planning.

Common needs and themes identified:

  • Green Skills
  • Employability Skills
  • Engineering
  • Digital
  • Tailored Learning

Accountability Agreements form part of the wider set of reforms set out in the Skills for Jobs White Paper requiring providers to adjust their curriculum to reflect local skills needs identified in LSIPs.

The aim is to transform the skills system so it better supports young people and adults to develop the skills they need for a successful career and ensure England has the skills needed for the future.


More to support you with LSIPs

LSIP Deep-Dive Insights Session

City & Guilds have developed a dashboard which pulls together local skills needs, job vacancies, employment data and presents that alongside your LSIP, and available provision. You can request a deep-dive insights session to help support you with your planning.

Request a session


Tailored Learning

3% of adult skills funding allocations can be used for non-qualification funding for ‘innovative’ provision. This newly-termed Tailored Learning, could help you respond to another LSIP theme where employers have said they are looking for non-qualification short courses as a solution to up-skill and re-skill their professional workforce. They are looking for courses that can be jointly developed, co-designed and delivered which draw on the shared expertise of skills experts and sector experts.

Talk to us about how City & Guilds can recognise and provide digital credentials for your non-qualification tailored learning and short courses.

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