Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) West of England Plus

The Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) is an exciting opportunity to put your voice at the centre of the change to support your future growth needs in recruitment, development and training. 

Over the next 4 years, the government is investing millions of pounds into development and training provision. As part of the West of England Plus LSIP, we want to hear from key players in the Aerospace, Advanced Engineering and Health and Social Care sectors on where this money should be invested and how training and education should be delivered to feedback to the Department for Education. 

To get involved with the LSIP, you can choose to feedback via a short interview, an online survey, a remote Q&A or at one of our focus group events. In these sessions, we will be asking you:

  • How do you plan to grow your business?
  • What support do you need to grow in terms of finances, facilities, and staffing?
  • What are your current training procedures?
  • What types of technology does your team use and need for your roles?
  • Do you have a net zero or sustainability plan?

Your answers will be passed on to the Department for Education as part of the change to help organisations like you grow and flourish in your sector. Your responses will be submitted anonymously as part of our findings for the study.

To find out more about each of our feedback methods and to voice your opinion, click here.

Make your voice heard and plant a tree

As part of the project, we are collaborating with our B-Corp partner, Ecologi, to plant an LSIP forest. Ecologi, also based in the West of England, helps individuals and organisations to reduce their carbon footprint by setting eco goals, funding climate projects and planting trees. Business West has already planted over 20,000 trees with Ecologi and offset more than 1,000 tonnes of CO2. You can track our organisational progress here.

For interview conducted, focus group attended or survey completed by a company in either Aerospace, Advanced Engineering or Social Care in the West of England Plus region, we will be planting a tree with Ecologi in a UK forest. In 2022, we will be releasing the location of each tree using the app whatthreewords to the survey and interview respondents so one day they can visit their tree and watch it grow.

Make your voice heard and plant a tree here

Meet the team

Matt Tudge
Project Manager

As LSIP Project Manager, I design and oversee the overall strategy, progress and outputs for the West of England Plus LSIP. Within my role, I ensure we are working with the most appropriate partners, speaking to as many relevant businesses as possible and adding value to everyone’s understanding of current and future skills, as well as providing opportunities for businesses to feed directly into education and training provision.

Lydia Houghton
Project Coordinator

As Project Coordinator, I provide admin support and assistance to the LSIP team to ensure smooth co-ordination and delivery of the project. This includes co-ordinating enquiries and supporting the recording and consolidation of data on project outputs into report format.

Hélène Rattin
Senior Research Analyst

I work as a senior research analyst providing market and sector insights to the LSIP Team to assist with the overall delivery of the project. Key responsibilities include analysing, synthesising, validating data integrity and delivering added value market research.

Lauren Holmes
Business Engagement Executive

As a Business Engagement Executive I act as the key link between Businesses and Skills providers as part of the LSIP project. I am responsible for gathering intelligence from businesses on their future needs from the skills sector. I assist with the interpretation and analysis of the data captured and will play a key role in LSIP events and employer roundtable discussions on the future skills landscape.

Wendy Davies
Business Engagement Executive

My core responsibility is to engage with companies to gain an understanding of their current and future workforce requirements including the challenges associated with employee recruitment and retention. The information I gather during one-to-one meetings will help our team to articulate the employer perspective on skills needed to support their workforce needs and overall business growth.

Chloe Stockwell
Events and Marketing Manager

One of my main responsibilities in the LSIP team is to circulate relevant news about the LSIP project as well as opportunities for businesses in the West of England Plus to engage with the project and be given a platform to voice their future workforce and business growth requirements. I am also responsible for designing, producing and delivering a series of events ranging from employer roundtables to industry topical conferences that align with the skills needs of our the companies in the region.


Jet Zero Hydrogen and Skills

Wednesday 26th January
Online: Zoom

Starts at 10:00am
Ends at 12:30pm
Free, invitation-only*

*Limited to two representatives per company

Hydrogen is rapidly becoming a leading method for decarbonising air travel. But how will the sector and your business be affected? On Wednesday 26th January we're hosting Jet Zero Hydrogen and Skills in partnership with WEAF. Our keynote speakers are Katy Milne, Head of Industrial Strategy for ATI’s FlyZero team and Lahiru Ranasinghe, Senior Strategy Manager at easyjet.

 Join us to hear from key partners involved in product development, the rollout of infrastructure and uptake of hydrogen pan-sector and gain valuable insight on how hydrogen is playing a key role in the aerospace sector's journey to net zero. Our speaker sessions will include Trudie Savage FRAeS, Head of Energy and Landing Gear Installation Test at Airbus, Claire Arbery, Director at The West of England Institute of Technology and Alan S M Robinson, CEO of Smart Ports Ltd.

There is no charge for this event however, tickets are available for a restricted time only due to limited capacity.

Register to attend

LSIP Focus Group Events

We are hosting a variety of small focus groups and roundtable events from January until March 2022 via Zoom and Microsoft Teams. The events should last approximately 1 hour and in the session you will be able to network and share best practice with other organisations in your industry and region.

Topics and dates so far include:

  • Thursday 27th January 2022 10.00 – 11.15: Rebranding the Social Care Sector for a Newer Audience
  • Thursday 3rd February 2022 14.00 – 15.15: The Future of the Aviation Sector
  • Thursday 10th February 2022 14.00 – 15.15: The Future of the Social Care Sector
  • Thursday 17th February 2022 14.00 – 15.15: Decarbonising Aerospace: Fuels of the Future
  • Thursday 24th February 2022 10.00 – 11.15: Digitalisation of the Social Care Sector

To book your place, get in touch with the LSIP team today.

Express your interest

Adult Social Care Resilience Programme

We are offering SMEs in the Social Care Sector in the West of England the chance to take part in an intensive business support programme.

The Workforce for the Future Adult Social Care Resilience Programme provides in-depth, tailored support and strategic consultation to help your business plan and adapt for the future by identifying your current and future workforce skills needs.

We have a number of events coming up in February and March 2022 including ‘Wellbeing in Action, ‘Developing your digital technology for Adult Social Care’ and ‘Developing you as a Leader or Manager in Adult Social Care’.

Express your interest

Business West is delivering Workforce for the Future in collaboration with other partners and the West of England Combined Authority. Find out more https://www.businesswest.co.uk/ASC


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  • Download a remote Q&A form

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