Business West Local Skills Improvement Plan FAQs

LSIPs are truly employer-led and locally owned; they give local areas the flexibility to innovate and tailor approaches to their specific needs. They bring together employers, education, and training providers and other local stakeholders to set out the key priorities and changes needed in the area to ensure post-16 technical education and training prepares employees better for work. 


Please see below for questions and answers that have been frequently asked about Business West and the West of England, Gloucestershire and Swindon and Wiltshire Local Skills Improvement Plans.

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  • What is a Local Skills Improvement Plan and how did they come about?

  • What’s the difference between the LSIPs and the LSIP Trailblazers?

  • How are the LSIPs funded?

  • What do the LSIPs aim to achieve?

  • Who is Business West? And how do they relate to the LSIPs?

  • What sectors are you focusing on and why did you choose them?

  • How does the LSIP differ to government funded research that has been done before?

  • Who can get involved in the LSIP?

  • How will LSIPs help learners?

  • How will LSIPs help businesses?

  • How will Business West ensure the LSIPs represent the needs of all businesses of all shapes and sizes?

  • How will LSIPs help colleges, training providers and other Further Education skills educators?

  • Do you have any planned events that I can attend?

  • How many businesses would you like to speak with in each region?

  • Who have you worked with for the LSIPs?

  • Do you work with the other LSIPs nationwide?

  • I’m an independent training provider, how do I get involved?

  • How can I provide you with feedback on your work on the LSIPs so far?

  • How will the LSIPs collaborate and cooperate with existing stakeholders who are already identifying and developing future skills in the region?

  • Will Business West be actioning any of the LSIP outcomes and priorities?

  • How do you plan on bringing businesses and further education providers together to make these changes?

  • How long does the LSIP last?

  • Will you be updating and refreshing your work on the LSIP to ensure it is kept up to date?

  • How will LSIPs track and adapt to ongoing and changing needs of businesses as they arise?

  • Will the sectors you are researching change throughout the project?

  • How are you planning on monitoring the impact of the LSIP?

  • The Stage Two guidance (Section 3.2 Potential Activities) for the LSIPs suggests a number of projects and activities that may help. How have you identified on what already exists and what do you intend on doing from this?

  • How will the LSIPs aim to help skills provision become more accessible?

  • How will the LSIPs improve demand for skills?

  • What will I start to see happening as the result of LSIP findings in my local area?

  • What will the LSIP reports include? And where do the report findings go?

  • How will the LSIP relate to and support Net Zero, climate change and green skills?

  • How does the LSIP relate to the Local Skills Improvement Fund (LSIF)?

  • Learn more about LSIPs

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  • Get in touch

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  • Meet the team

    Find out more about the team behind the Local Skills Improvement Plan.