The key areas of activity identified for the work undertaken by the Regional Network Provider Advocate are:
1. To derive intelligence on employer demand for skills at a sector/local level both through formal reference points and through informal dialogue with sectoral/local stakeholder contacts;
2. Act as a broker for dialogue between Sector Skill Councils and training providers on employer demand for skills with a view to:
Creating a shared understanding/agreement of priorities for skills provision both at a national, regional and local level;
Mapping out an effective response to these priorities promoting the benefits of regional collaboration;
Monitoring pilot project activity across the region in order to analyse and feed in intelligence for the development of future policy and delivery;
Identifying case studies of best practice and innovation in provider delivery which can be adopted in other provider settings.
3. Support providers in planning their delivery to more effectively align with skills priorities at a sector level through provision of ongoing intelligence on employer demand and sharing of best practice/lessons learnt. Facilitating the development of strategic and sustainable partnerships between SSCs and training providers to ensure demand is responsive in the longer term and based upon the priorities articulated by SSCs.
For further information on this area of work, please contact Beverley Wilson-Smith.