North East LSIP findings and final recommendations for phase 1 are submitted

The NEAA is in the final stages of delivery of the North East Local Skills Improvement Plan (NELSIP) on behalf the of the Department for Education (DfE).

The NEAA has been working closely with education and training providers, employers, key stakeholders and cross-sector Employer Representative Bodies to establish and build an evidence base which has helped to form the final report.

The NELSIP will focus on the technical education and training requirements identified by the Nort East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP) which have a significant presence in the South of Tyne region.

Now in its final stages, the NELSIP report was submitted to the DfE on 31st May 2023. The report will see an employer-focused set of recommendations that will positively change post-16 technical education and training in the following sectors:

• Advanced Manufacturing
• Construction
• Digital
• Health
• Transport and Logistics

The NELSIP is employer-led and will drive the actions needed to supply the current and future workforce required to improve productivity, growth, and investment in those sectors key to the economic success of the region, including advanced manufacturing.

On Thursday 18th May, the NEAA presented its finding and recommendations to the provider network in the region and a presentation will be uploaded to the NELSIP website in the resources section. Members are encouraged to review it and feed back any comments or queries. The NEAA would like to thank its members who have already fed into this process and would be keen to speak with others going forward.

The following priorities have been put forward in the NELSIP report:

  • Provide essential digital skills required by all learners at the appropriate level. Including upskilling & reskilling support for employers and adult learners and ensuring a work-ready supply of specialist digital skills.
  • Align 16+ technical education and training provision to ensure the key technical skills required by the five LSIP sectors are prioritised.
  • Increase the supply of level 3+ technical skills to meet current and future regional requirements.
  • Collaborate to deliver key technical skills for regional growth.
  • Employer focussed – Enable employers, including SMEs, to identify their technical skill requirements, and access high quality technical skills development for their current and future workforce.
  • Prioritise Social Inclusion.

The next stage of this process will see the DfE release funding to the education sector to help deliver these systemic changes which will, in turn, help to provide the region with the skilled
workforce it needs and deserves.