Agenda and minutes

Lancashire Skills and Employment Board - Wednesday, 8th September, 2021 8.00 am

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Items
No. Item

Nathan Shoesmith, Lancashire LEP Team

Gaurang Agrawal, Lancashire LEP Team

 

Geoff Mason, Policy Manager, N&W Lancashire Chamber of Commerce

Trinley Walker, Policy Advisor, the Work Foundation

Melanie Wilkes, Head of Research, the Work Foundation

1.

Welcome and Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed all in attendance, and extended particular welcome to Neil Shaw, Rossendale Borough Council CEO who had replaced Dean Langton as the Local Authorities representative Skills Lead.

 

The panel wished to place on record their thanks to Dean Langton for his work on the panel over the last few years.

 

Apologies had been received from Edwina Grant.

2.

Declaration of Interests

Minutes:

Amanda Melton, Bev Robinson and Alison Robinson worked for organisations involved in the LSIP and SDF projects, covered in item 7.

 

Resolved: that the declarations be noted

3.

Minutes of the meeting held on 26 May 2021 and Matters Arising pdf icon PDF 306 KB

Minutes:

The Panel considered the minutes and noted the following:

 

-  The SAP grant had been approved by the LEP Board and the funds received from DfE

-  Social Value had been due to be discussed at the informal meeting, but would now be taken to a future meeting

-  All the recommendations regarding the Careers Hub had been approved by the LEP Board, and a further update would be given later in the agenda

 

Resolved: that the minutes of the meeting held on 26 May 2021 are confirmed as an accurate record.

 

4.

Lancashire Skills and Employment Strategic Framework - 6 month progress report pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Minutes:

Michele Lawty-Jones, Skills and Employment Hub Director, presented the report outlining progress against each of the four strategic themes in the Lancashire Skills and Employment Strategic Framework and associated challenges for the six-month period from January 2021 to June 2021.

 

Each theme lead presented an update outlining priorities, objectives, progress and challenges for each theme.

 

The presenters responded to questions and comments from the panel.

 

Resolved: The Skills and Employment Advisory Panel:

 

i.  noted the contents of the paper and the progress against the Framework by theme

 

ii.  supported the recommendation that the Lancashire Skills and Employment Strategic Framework remains as is, and that the refresh is put on hold and that the position is reviewed at the end of March 2022, and that this recommendation is made to the LEP Board

 

5.

Careers Hub and Enterprise Adviser Network – update paper pdf icon PDF 212 KB

Minutes:

Michele Lawty-Jones, Skills and Employment Hub Director, presented the report updating on progress with funding for the Lancashire Careers Hub and Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN).

 

It was noted that the main grant from the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) had been accepted and the contract with the Skills Hub's delivery partner, Inspira had been extended. Inspira would be invited to the November SEAP meeting to provide an update.

 

Both applications for research and evaluation projects to CEC were successful and projects are expected to commence in September - October 2021.

 

Further funds had been secured from the Blackpool Opportunity Area (OA) under the twinning funds, to support the sharing of good practice and learning from Blackpool to wider Lancashire and vice versa.

 

Peter Caney reported that BAE Systems had approved sponsorship for two projects. These were Innovate Her, a project to inspire girls in secondary school about digital and tech careers, and CREATE Education, supplying 3D printers to school along with an education package. The projects will be targeted at females in secondary schools through the Careers Hub, to stimulate interest in digital and tech careers and increase take up of GCSE Computer Science, with the overall aim of increasing diversity in the Lancashire workforce. 

 

Resolved: that the Skills and Employment Advisory Panel:

 

i.  Noted the contents of the paper and the funds secured to support Careers Hub and EAN activity across the LEP area

 

ii.  Noted that a further update on progress and priorities for the coming academic year would be provided at the November meeting by Inspira

6.

Skills for Net Zero in Lancashire - Research Report pdf icon PDF 768 KB

Melanie Wilkes, Head of Research and Trinley Walker, Policy Adviser at the Work Foundation to present, with Stephen Sykes introducing and closing.  PowerPoint presentation included in agenda pack.

Minutes:

Stephen Sykes, industry rep for Low Carbon, introduced the presentation and reflected that the Work Foundation had engaged with the LEP's Energy and Low Carbon working group, and captured much anecdotal evidence gathered over the last two years, including feedback from local businesses.

 

Melanie Wilkes, Head of Research at the Work Foundation, and Trinley Walker, Policy Advisor at the Work Foundation, presented the findings of their research, highlighting their current work themes, the impact of skills gaps and what employers were doing in response, and recommendations coming out of the research.

 

It was particularly noted that the research had informed the LEP's new sector plan, had supported two successful funding bids and contributed to the planning of a comprehensive research plan with Lancaster University over the next 3 years.

 

The presenters responded to questions and comments from the panel, and were thanked for their attendance.

 

Resolved: that the presentation be noted

7.

Skills for Jobs White Paper: Skills Accelerator trailblazers pdf icon PDF 110 KB

Geoff Mason, Policy Manager, N&W Lancashire Chamber of Commerce to present on the Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) trailblazer and Alison Robinson, Principal and Chief Executive of Myerscough College to present on the Strategic Development Fund (SDF) trailblazer.  PowerPoint presentations included as Appendices A and B.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Michele Lawty-Jones introduced the circulated paper giving background to the Skills Accelerator trailblazers, which resulted from the Skills for Jobs White Paper published in January 2021, a key aspiration of which was to place employers at the heart of defining local skills needs.

 

Collaborative proposals had been submitted on behalf of the three Lancashire-based Chambers by the N&W Lancashire Chamber of Commerce for the Local Skills Improvement Plans (LSIPs) and by Myerscough College on behalf of The Lancashire Colleges for Strategic Development Fund (SDF). The Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub supported the development of the proposals and a letter of support for each was provided by the LEP. The LSIP proposal was cross-sector, whilst the SDF proposal was specifically focused on the skills challenges associated with Low Carbon and net zero ambitions, referencing the collaborative research recently undertaken with the Work Foundation.

 

Geoff Mason from the N&W Lancashire Chamber of Commerce gave a presentation on the Local Skills Improvement Plans, outlining the plan and particularly noting the good level of support offered from many different organisations across the county.

 

It was reported that thedraft of the plan needs to be produced by the end of February 2022 with the final plan produced by end of March 2022. Strategic Focus Groups would be assembled and feed into the LSIP Board along with an employer group and stakeholder group. The primary aim of the LSIP is to enable providers to effectively respond to and address the technical skills needs of employers in a local area. Once skills gaps were identified, the LSIP could link with job centres, schools etc to signpost to upcoming opportunities.

 

Alison Robinson from The Lancashire Colleges group gave a presentation on the Strategic Development Fund, outlining the seven projects. It was reported that the bids had been completed at very short notice, and the projects must complete by the end of March 2022. The grant agreements were currently being finalised with DfE, after which the governance structure would be established.

 

The presenters responded to questions from the committee, and were thanked for their presentations.

 

Resolved: that the Skills and Employment Advisory Panel:

 

i.  Noted the contents of the paper as background information to the presentations from partners.

 

ii.  Supported collaborative working and support from the Skills Hub to the Chamber of Commerce and The Lancashire Colleges regarding the successful implementation of the trailblazers

8.

Reporting to the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership

  Identification and agreement of any recommendations for consideration/approval by the LEP Board.

 

  Identification and agreement of issues for inclusion in the feedback report for the LEP Board.

 

Minutes:

Resolved: that the following items be reported to the LEP Board:

 

·  Report on the 6-month progress report against the Strategic Framework and the proposal that the Framework refresh is put on hold and that the position is reviewed in March 2022.

 

·  Discussion regarding the Skills Accelerator Trailblazers (LSIP and SDF) and support from the Skills Hub to the Chambers and Colleges regarding successful implementation.

9.

Any Other Business

Minutes:

It was noted that Lynne Livesey was retiring and had therefore resigned from the committee. The panel wished to place on record their thanks to Lynne for her work and wish her the best for the future. A new higher education sector representative would be sought.

10.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting is scheduled for 8am on 10 November 2021. Virtual/venue details will be confirmed nearer the time.

Minutes:

The next meeting was scheduled for 8am on 10 November 2021. Virtual/venue details would be confirmed nearer the time.