Development of a Local Skills Case Study

The Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 made clear the UK Government's intention to accelerate the process of ceding more responsibility for delivering a range of services to the local level. This raises the issue of how local skills systems – including further education and apprenticeship providers, schools, universities, employers, local authorities and associated agencies, Local Enterprise Partnerships and the voluntary sector – work together and can work better. SQW worked with the Institute for Employment Research at the University of Warwick to explore the way in which local-national and local-local collaborative working operates in England.

The study involved the following workstreams:

  • Identifying how other countries have devolved their skills and employment policy to local or regional levels
  • Undertaking a detailed local case study where moves to shape local skills provision to local demand were already in train – to understand how local skills devolution can be best realised and the barriers to change
  • Developing a framework to allow local actors to use their combined local knowledge to answer key questions about the context, drivers for change and desired outcomes to enable them to more effectively deliver local skills to meet local needs.

International experience suggests that the divisions between the national and local scales in decision-making will continue to change over time. It is hoped that the framework presented within the report will help areas in understanding their local circumstances so that they take action accordingly.

The report is available to download below: