About Essex LSIP

Essex Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP)


Essex Chambers of Commerce is delighted to have been chosen by the Department for Education as lead for the Essex Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP). These plans are being rolled out across England to provide an employer voice and perspective on the skills needs locally.

Over the past few months, we’ve been working with local employers and partners to develop a plan that effectively captures our region’s skills needs and the actions required for local colleges and skills providers to meet that need. To build a complete picture, we’ve drawn on a wide range of data sets and utilised existing reports and information. We’ve also been working closely with the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), other Chambers & Employer Representative Bodies (ERBs), and local authorities.

Through our extensive outreach and research, we identified a clear a set of priorities:

Skills Priorities:

  • Soft skills and behaviours.
  • Basic English, Maths and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).
  • Digital skills and ‘Digitech’.
  • Green skills.
  • Leadership and Management skills.

Skills System Priorities:

  • Skills planning system for Essex.
  • System access and flexibility.
  • Information, Careers Advice and Guidance.
  • Tutor shortages and capacity of providers to respond.
  • Inclusive employment.
  • Barriers to engagement.

Essex Sectors and Technical Skills:

  • Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Aviation.
  • AgriTech and Food Tech.
  • Community and Voluntary.
  • Construction and the Built Environment.
  • Creative and Cultural.
  • DigiTech
  • Education.
  • Health, Social Care and Med Tech.
  • Professional Services Transport and Logistics.

LSIP Report

The report sets out a detailed roadmap for change, with action-focused solutions to ensure each priority is delivered on. The Secretary of State for Education has officially approved the Essex, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock LSIP and we have begun implementing the initiatives proposed in the report to make the skills landscape easier to navigate for all. Work is already underway through the college-led £2.8 million ‘Strategic Development Fund’, ensuring capital investments are aligned to industry need in key sectors. The Essex LSIP will enable further alignment and investments.


It is with immense pleasure that we share the full report and supporting documents.

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