Local Skill Improvement Plan Newsletter Jan 2024

Surrey Chambers of Commerce has been designated as the Employer Representative Body (ERB) to create a Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) covering Surrey and North and Mid-Hampshire, funded by the Department for Education. 


LSIP | Update on employer engagement
Through strong, pre-existing links with other business networks and LEPs, the LSIP already benefitted from a solid foundation of employer links. Since September, the team have built on this, through business development activity, events and via new links with business development teams in providers. This activity, together with various methods of engagement such as ‘Commitment Cards’ and the ‘Opportunities Tab’ help to maintain a strong dialogue with employers and support take-up of both LSIP and LSIF activities.

Supporting businesses to access “hidden” local talent As part of the research towards the LSIP report for our area, many businesses highlighted a need to improve diversity and inclusion in their workforce and welcomed support to help identify and engage with “hidden” pools of talent to help fill skills gaps. Read the full article here  

Local Skills Improvement Fund (LSIF) Colleges and Universities across Hampshire and Surrey are now working together to better support the skills needs of the local economy and labour market with the introduction of the LSIF (Local Skills Improvement Fund) Read here

More universities accepting T levels Across the LSIP area, universities have confirmed they will accept T Levels for entry onto at least one course at their institution. Great news for young people taking up this technical skills route. You can check out the full list of universities here   

Film, TV and video-game producers to get more generous UK tax relief The creative industries is a key sector for the LSIP area and this news item will help drive inward investment to the area and create new jobs Read here


Business Development Session | 30th Jan
Following on from our successful LSIP Business Development Session in Nov 2023, the next session is now scheduled for 30th Jan 2024 at Login Business Lounge in Camberley. Click here

Accessing Untapped Talent | 30th Jan Do you have jobs to fill? Are you finding it difficult to find applicants? Spend a couple of hours of your time and find solutions to these challenges! Book here

Higher & Degree Apprenticeship Fair | 14th Mar | Sparsholt College It’s aimed at Year 10 to Year 13 students (aged 15 to 18 years) and their parents, from schools and colleges located in Hampshire, giving them the opportunity to meet employers in person. To book Click here


Skills Bootcamps Hampshire County Council is offering Skills Bootcamps in partnership with Surrey County Council – helping everyone gain skills for life. Find out more 

Multiply Programme | 13th Feb | Redhill Surrey Chambers of Commerce is running a number of sessions to help people who may have missed out on some of the well-known numeracy conundrums! Book here

Leadership Skills
Interactive Workshop | 17th Jan  Our comprehensive leadership training overview is designed to equip you with the attributes of great leadership so you can share them with your teams. Register here

Kick-starting your diversity, equity and inclusion journey  
Training Workshop | 6th Feb Ali will introduce you to some of the key principles that underpin Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and share with you a framework and some early ideas for taking your business to the next stage of DEI. Book here


Commitment Form
We ask employers to support us in improving the skills provision by contributing in one of the ways stated in the Commitment form. Click here

‘Opportunities’ tab on website To build dynamic relationships between providers and employers, our Future Skills Hub website now enables local training providers to showcase opportunities, empowering local employers. Click here

Facebook We are now present on Facebook. Please follow us here 

Surrey County Council – Apprenticeship and Workforce Planning Survey 2023/24 The survey particularly looks at how businesses are utilising apprentices and apprenticeship training within the workforce. The survey closes 31/01/24 and will take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. Take part in this short survey here 


Surrey Chambers Business Magazine Surrey Chambers Business Magazine brings together inspirational entrepreneurial stories and thought leadership articles from top businesses across Surrey. Read here

Updates and Information: Sustainable initiatives  We share informative ideas, resources, funding, and best practice to help you become a cleaner, greener business. Click here to read all the updates