Further guidance for LEPs on European funds

25th July 2013

Further supplementary guidance has been issued to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) on the development of strategies for European funds, outlining the planning and submission process for local strategies. Initial plans are due to be submitted by 7 October 2013, for consideration by the new National Growth Board later in the autumn.

Penny Lamb, Head of Policy Development at NIACE said:

“This is a critical time for learning providers and civil society organisations to engage with LEPs as these plans are being developed. Social inclusion and lifelong learning in all its forms are crucial elements of the plan. Our earlier response to the initial guidance highlights the power of European Funding in learning and skills to make long-term term sustained changes in communities and for employers, and flags the potential for LEPs to use the promised new freedoms and flexibilities to effectively meet local needs.”

Tom Stannard, NIACE Director of Communications and Public Affairs, said:

“NIACE is already working with partners at national and local level including councils, LEPs, colleges and providers to develop this agenda. We will be continuing to support these partners in developing a coherent approach to remodelling local skills systems across the country over the coming months, with a focus on partnerships for learners rather than individual institutions.

“This work recognises the new institutional significance of LEPs and our growing partnership with them individually, as Core Cities and through the national LEP Network. But more importantly it will recognise the overriding importance of colleges and providers remaining at the heart of their local communities, and the huge opportunity that connecting this system with local economic growth strategies represents for that most important constituency of all – adult learners themselves.”