--- North East Local Skills Improvement Plan (NELSIP)
Developing a plan to help provide a
resilient and responsive supply
of the skills needed to drive
economic success and investment in the region.
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Advanced Manufacturing
Health & Life Science
Transport & Logistics
--- North East Local Skills Improvement Plan (NELSIP)
Putting employers in the driving seat
for technical skills provision in the region!

The NEAA has been appointed by the Department for Education to lead the development of a new Local Skills Improvement Plan for the North East. We will be working with businesses, education and training providers, key stakeholders and cross-sector Employer Representative Bodies to develop a plan which meets future business needs and provides a resilient and responsive supply of the skills needed to drive economic success and investment in the region.

About Our Programme

What is the North East Local Skills Improvement Plan?

The North East Local Skills Improvement Plan (NELSIP) will set out the key changes needed to ensure post-16 technical education and training is responsive to the needs of employers in the region. The NELSIP will be employer-led and drive the actions needed to supply the current and future workforce required to improve productivity, growth, and investment in those sectors key to the economic success of the region, including advanced manufacturing.

How will it be developed?

The NEAA will engage widely with businesses and stakeholders across different sectors to develop a clear understanding of their skills requirements and how new technologies, digitalisation and the pursuit of Net Zero will impact their future workforce requirements. We will hold meetings, workshops and conduct surveys to gather input and feedback from employers. We will also be working closely with local colleges, universities, and training providers to align learning provision with future business needs, and to ensure it is attractive and accessible to people in the region.

NELSIP Final Report

This Local Skills Improvement Plan has been approved by the Secretary of State in line with the approval criteria set out in the Skills and Post-16 Education Act 2022, and in accordance with the LSIP statutory guidance.

Key Sectors

The NELSIP will focus on the technical education and training requirements for the key sectors and associated service sectors identified by the Nort East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP) which have a significant presence in the South of Tyne region. The NELSIP will also identify cross-cutting themes and requirements relevant to employers across these and other sectors in the region.

Phase 1 of the NELSIP focuses on five interrelated sectors. Collectively, they have high socio-economic impact, common and transferable technical skills, and have potential to enable and realise high value regional growth, creating significant numbers of better jobs in the North East.

What region does the NELSIP cover?

The NEAA is leading the development for the North East LSIP which is focused on the skills requirements of businesses located in Sunderland, Gateshead, South Tyneside and County Durham. We will work closely with the Employer Representative Bodies developing LSIPs for adjacent regions (North of Tyne and Tees Valley) as we appreciate that some sectors and businesses span the broader North East region.

Quote from Paul Butler,
Chief Executive, NEAA

“The North East Automotive Alliance are delighted to have been appointed to lead the development of the Local Skills Improvement Plan for the South of Tyne region. In recent years the NEAA has worked closely with our members in the Automotive and Advanced Manufacturing sector to understand their skills requirements. We now look forward to building on that work and collaborating with employer bodies from other key sectors in the region and local education and training providers to identify the actions needed to provide employers and local people with the skills needed in high-value jobs that are key to the long term economic success of our region.”

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