Strategic Framework

Helping Lancashire businesses succeed, creating employment in Lancashire


The Lancashire Skills and Employment Strategic Framework 2021 Refresh informs and directs our activities.

Our Strategic Framework has been refreshed for 2021, building on the previous Framework which spanned 2016-2021. The refresh of the framework incorporates the Local Skills Report for Lancashire, as required by the Department for Education. The Framework is underpinned by an evidence base and was developed in consultation with stakeholders including employers, schools, colleges, universities, private training providers and the third sector.

The Skills and Employment Advisory Panel agreed that the Framework should be refreshed for a one year period, recognising the unique circumstances that Lancashire and the UK in general has entered.

The Framework is structured into 4 themes: Future Workforce, Skilled & Productive Workforce, Inclusive Workforce and An Informed Approach and articulates the skills and employment priorities for Lancashire.

Lancashire’s skills and employment objectives, outputs and outcomes are defined in the Framework and we are working in partnership with our stakeholders to achieve these.

The Framework informs and underpins the investment decisions made in relation to discretionary funding (for example, ESIF funding and Growth Deal Skills Capital) and influences the use of mainstream skills and employment budgets. Stakeholders making use of these budgets in Lancashire are invited to set out how their delivery will contribute to achieving the Framework’s priorities.

In delivering the strategic priorities, the LEP’s Skills and Employment Advisory Panel and other strategic partners also work with employers to leverage greater levels of employer engagement and investment in key areas.