South West Regional Skills Enterprise and Employment Analysis 2007/2008
7. REGIONAL PRIORITIES AND PLANS
In this section, we draw on information provided by key agencies in the region about their priorities and plans. The agencies include the RDA, LSC, JC+, BL, GOSW (including ESF) and HEFCE.
This has been somewhat challenging as organisations plan and prioritise in a range of ways and it is not always possible to compare their plans and priorities. The timing of this analysis also coincides with the planning phases of the organisations, budgets are being negotiated, plans developed and resources agreed. In some cases, it has therefore not been possible to gain access to information on plans for 2006-7. In addition, the RDA is currently inviting responses to its prospectus for Business Link services in the region so detailed BL plans were not available at the time of writing.
A wide range of government agencies and institutions are charged with developing skills, supporting the unemployed, supporting employers in other areas such as filling vacancies, complying with regulation and providing business support and advice. The Leitch Report refers to the fact that people receive a fragmented service, which is particularly apparent at the regional level, with a wide array of bodies trying to plan services in a way that will meet expected need. Skills delivery is currently planned to meet expected demand by the LSC nationally, regionally and locally. The RDAs lead on Regional Skills Partnerships (RSPs), which aim to ensure that planning of skills meets regional economic needs.
Local Authorities, too, have an interest in skills and employment services
through Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) arrangements. LSPs are intended
to allow providers of a range of services, from health to skills, to
come together and ensure they work effectively together (see LAAs in
Joint planning arrangments).
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