Select Committee on Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Written Evidence


Annex

LSC PRIORITIES FOR 2006-07 (PARA 4)

  1.  Ensure that all 14-19 year olds have access to high quality, relevant learning opportunities.

  2.  Making learning truly demand led so that it better meets the needs of employers, young people and adults.

  3.  Transform the learning and skills sector through Agenda for Change.

  4.  Strengthen the role of the LSC in economic development so that we provide the skills needed to help all individuals into jobs.

  5.  Improve the skills of the workers who are delivering public services.

  6.  Strengthen the capacity of the LSC to lead change nationally, regionally and locally.

EXAMPLES OF THE RSP ADDED VALUE TO RAISING SKILLS LEVELS (PARA 7)

    —    The RSP in East of England has developed a 14-19 entitlement framework within which Children's Trusts, Local Education Authorities, LSC and Connexions devise learning programmes that reflect the needs of the region and of learners.

    —    West Midlands RSP has developed a streamlined offer to employers and individuals In the region which combines recruitment and skills support for employers and seamless transition for individuals from preemployment into employment with ongoing skills development.

    —    South West RSP has developed a partnership tool to quantify the skills needs of the region to ensure the ASP priorities address the gaps in the region's skill set.

    —    The "Joining Forces" Partnership of the South East RSP is working to improve the effectiveness of skills and business support in the region.


 EXAMPLES OF CITY—REGION APPROACHES FROM BIRMINGHAM, SHEFFIELD AND THE NORTH EAST (PARA 11)

    —    LSC Regional Directors involved in the development of the City Region Development Plans where skills and employment are key features.

    —    In Birmingham the LSC is building on the work in Local Area Agreements to ensure consistency and greater impact for City Region.

    —    LSC in Sheffield is working closely with the City Council to put in place an employer led strategic body for skills.

    —    North East LSC is focused on ensuring better alignment of partner resources on priority skills Issues and on alignment of the skills and worklessness agenda.





 
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