Shropshire Chamber of Commerce announced today (11th August 2023) that they have had word from the Department for Education that the Marches Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) Report for Stage 1 of the project has been signed off by the Secretary of State. This countrywide project is designed to help post 16 education providers and other public sector bodies to ensure that the voice of employers is at the forefront when planning skills training.

Shropshire Chamber are the Employer Representative Body (ERB) and have run the project from its inception for the Department for Education. The Chamber are excited to be continuing this work as the chosen ERB for the Marches (Shropshire, Herefordshire & Telford & Wrekin).

As we move into Phase 2 of the project the Chamber will enable employers have access to providers so they can support each other to ensure the skills needed are the skills that are being trained for. This project will also help to support those giving careers advice and help signpost employers to the vast array of local providers who can support their staff development.

The end goal is to ensure that employers can find the skills they need, that training is understood and focused, and that the Marches businesses can prosper and grow for the benefit of all.

To read the report please visit