Guidance: Skills Advisory Panels (SAPs): role and governance

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SAPs will help Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCAs) and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) fulfill their local leadership role in the skills system by helping them understand their current and future skills shortages and labour market challenges.

Each MCA and LEP is expected to establish a SAP, based on existing structures such as employment and skills boards, wherever possible.

The guidance sets out:

  • the role of the SAP
  • expectations around the structure and governance, including board membership

Responsibilities of a SAP are set out alongside the guidance.

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