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Gillian Keegan is determined that local skills improvement plans (lsips) will ease the nation’s skills crisis. But what do the key stakeholders think – and what if Labour comes to power?  

The LSIPs designed to address the nation’s skills shortages “have to work” and “will work”, Gillian Keegan told FE leaders in her inaugural speech to the sector last November. 

They’re so important to the government that it’s given itself powers to “direct structural changes” in colleges if they’re found not to be meeting local skills needs.

Ten months on, and the education secretary has signed off all 38 of these “employer-led” plans that she’s pinning her hopes on to get the nation out of its current skills crisis. 

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