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Skills & People

The LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) makes clear that the aim of the People Programme is to use better those who are already in the workforce by providing opportunities for up-skilling and progression, and to inspire the next generation and build aspirations and ambition.

This programme is where the investment of our Skills Capital and European funds most directly supports the implementation of our Strategic Economic Plan and where the LEP provides key evidence – labour market intelligence and economic data, to:

  • Prioritise funding for employment and skills projects
  • Influence the curriculum of local education and training providers
  • Inform local careers guidance


Skills Advisory Panel

The Skills Advisory Panel is a key element of the LEP Programme Group and leads on behalf of the Board on all matters relating to people, specifically to provide strategic direction for Skills, Education & Employment (SEE), based on the SEP and evidence of need from employers through a Skills Report – all to improve productivity.  

The primary role of the Skills Advisory Panel is to:

"Bring together local employers and skills providers to pool knowledge on skills and  labour market needs, and to work together to understand and address key local challenges. This includes both immediate needs and challenges and looking at what is required to help local areas adapt to future labour market changes and to grasp  future opportunities. This will help colleges, universities and other providers deliver the skills required by employers, now and in the future."

Skills Advisory Panels: Guidance on the role and governance, DfE, 2018

For further information, click links below:


Skills Capital Investment

Skills Capital Local Growth Funds projects to date can be found here.

Skills Report

Thames Valley Berkshire LEP has published its first Local Skills Report, outlining its commitment to bolstering post-COVID-19 employment and skills development across Berkshire. Part of the Department for Education’s strategy for ensuring that national-level prioities are met on a local level, this latest report provides a 'go-to' document for everything skills-related in Berkshire.

The report outlines how collaborative programmes and partnerships across Berkshire will support young people, older workers, the unemployed and those impacted by COVID-19 to access high-quality training and secure fulfilling careers in the local area. This latest insight follows the LEP’s recent publication of its Recovery and Renewal Plan, which highlighted the need for a skilled and fulfilled workforce in Berkshire to ensure its community can build back better.

Download Annex A

Download Annex B

Download summary of skills projects

Berkshire Enterprise Advisor Network (BEAN)

The Berkshire Enterprise Adviser Network, a joint initiative by The Careers & Enterprise Company and the LEP, is formed of local business people who work one-to-one with school and college leaders, helping them to develop effective employer engagement plans, drawing on existing, local business networks.

Berkshire STEAM Strategy

Our Gearing up for STEAM strategy aims to increase the number of STEAM skilled people available to work in Thames Valley Berkshire and reduce the number of businesses frustrated by the challenges of recruiting and retaining staff with STEAM specialism.

The background evidence base produced by the University of Warwick, Institute for Employment Research can be found here: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/ier/research/advizastem/stem_final_report_160517.pdf

Berkshire Opportunities Portal

Berkshire Opportunities is the area’s premier gateway to finding out about jobs, apprenticeships and Further Education and Post 16 courses as well as local career path options. The free online portal will help Berkshire residents to make informed career decisions and will support them through the employment and skills challenges they face now, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the future.

Local job seekers, students, residents and employers will be able to take advantage of the portal’s real-time features, including a quick and accessible tool to search for live job vacancies, apprenticeships, course data and training opportunities that are available locally. The portal will also signpost residents to Berkshire’s key recruiting sectors, highlighting those which are currently in urgent need of workers.

ESF Investment

Current ESF contracts in Berkshire can be found here