The government has set out statutory guidance for the creation of Local Skills Improvement Plans (LSIP) covering their design, development and reporting procedures, along with the responsibilities of key players involved.
There is also a new duty under the Act for the governing bodies of colleges, and designated institutions, to review how well their institution’s provision meets local needs. Where a board oversees more than one college, such as in a college group, the duty applies separately with respect to each college.
The board must:
- periodically review how well the education or training provided by the college meets local needs, having regard to statutory guidance
- consider, in the light of the review, what actions the college might take to better meet those needs
- publish the review on the college’s website
The board should carry out a review at least every 3 years, and consider carrying out these reviews in collaboration with the governing bodies of other local colleges. LSIPS will be an important reference point when considering technical education and training.