Local Skills Improvement Plan: The Priorities

Local Skills Improvement Plan: The Priorities

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LSIP’s are part of the government’s plans to put employers at the heart of the skills system.  The LSIP will articulate employers’ skills requirements and the priority changes needed to make technical education and skills provision more responsive to the fast developing needs of employers and the local economy. The priorities are being developed through robust evidence and by bringing together employers and providers to understand skills needs and provision. Draft priorities have now been shared.  The report and action plan will be published by the end of May 2023. The LSIP will be a 3-year plan which will be reviewed annually to ensure it continues to reflect the priority skills needs of Dorset.

We invited stakeholders to review, feedback on and provide input and recommendations on the priorities identified. These priorities are based on the primary research carried out in period of December 2022 to March 2023, supported with local market and sector specific data. For the purposes of gathering feedback the priorities are broken into the six focus sectors, however there are cross cutting themes. The next stage of this process is the creation of the LSIP change plan which will provide recommendations and actions on areas for focus or development to share with the Department for Education.

Creating a Change Plan

If you would like to input to this, please review the information/links below which includes the Sector Specific Draft Priorities identified during the employer research phase, alongside details of provision. We have also shared Labour Market and Skills Information, from Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, and Employer Research from our research partner, Insightful, to provide further context to the draft priorities.

Thank you for your ongoing support for the Dorset Local Skills Improvement Plan.

Agriculture and Agritech 

Dorset’s Agri-Tech sector is currently worth £108m and employs around 700 people.  Dorset is aiming to improve the productivity of its land-based sectors and contribute to better food security for the UK.  With over 200 SMEs, 77% of Dorset land is farmed.  

Agritech is any technology on the farm or that crosses the threshold of the farm, for use in agriculture, horticulture, or aquaculture which increases productivity and sustainability. 

View >> Agriculture Sector Specific Draft Priorities_March 2023 

Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering including Aerospace, Defence and Marine 

Dorset’s manufacturing sector employs around 28,000 people and contributes £1.7 billion annually to the region’s economy with substantial potential for future growth.


View >> Advanced Manufacturing Skills Priorities March 2023 


Identified by Dorset Council as a sector with potential to provide significant growth.  BCP Council is focussed on unlocking the zero carbon dividend with new environmental technologies. 

View >> Construction Sector Specific Draft Priorities_March 2023 

Digital Tech and Creative

The creative and digital business activity in Dorset has seen active companies tripling over the past decade, reaching close to 9,200 in 2022 and turning over £1.7 billion, contributing £972 million to the local economy. 

View >> Digital Tech and Creative Draft Skills Priorities March 2023 

Health and Social Care

In Dorset, the healthcare sector demand has grown fast over the past years and is predicted to expand further in the future, offering a great variety of career opportunities. The sector employs 49,000 people (15% of the workforce) contributing £1.9 billion (11%) to the overall Dorset economy and has grown 54% in economic outputs over the past decade. 

View >> Draft Health and Social Care Skills Priorities March 2023 

Net Zero

The Dorset LSIP will consider the skills, capabilities and expertise required in relation to jobs that directly contribute to or indirectly support Net Zero targets, adaptation to Climate Change or meet other environmental goals. The UK is seeking Net Zero by 2050. The latest government plan can be viewed here.