Both Local Skills Improvement Plans (LSIPs) and the Strategic Development Fund (SDF) were proposed as important elements of the Skills for Jobs White Paper, published in January 2021 – and together sit under the new umbrella term of Skills Accelerator.
You can find a summary describing the LSIP and SDF prospectus here, with some key points of consideration.
You can find the prospectus document itself here.
Strategic Development Fund – colleges and innovation
We have set out a range of resources to draw on when looking to develop innovation within their institutions either as part of the Strategic Development Fund or more generally. We hope that these academic articles, publications, weblinks and webinars will provide you with ideas to formulate or further develop your thinking of how colleges can best support businesses and employers to innovate.
- Survey Report: Innovation in Further Education colleges by the Association of Colleges, September 2020
Report: The English College of the Future, a report by the Independent Commission on the College of the Future, November 2020 (pp. 44-49)
- Paper: Knowledge and Technology Transfer in Further Education by The New Engineering Foundation, May 2008
- Paper: Experience from 16 years of support to Knowledge and Technology Transfer and Exchange projects by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, October 2010
- Paper: The Impact of the Knowledge Transfer Exchange Nodes by The New Engineering Foundation, 2009 (set of FE college case studies)https://stemfoundation.org.uk/asset/resource/%7BFCA39BAA-CF8C-4C82-AB3B-72CA71CEC35C%7D/resource.pdf
- Report: The Opportunity For Learning Factories in the UK, a report to the Gatsby Foundation by Stuart Edwards, January 2021
- Report: Further Education Colleges and Innovation, a report for the Gatsby Foundation by Elaine Baxter, October 2020
- Article: Unfinished business: business support services and further education by James Farr, April 2021
- A review of the relationship between business support services and further education, a report for the Gatsby Foundation by James Farr, Mark Hayes, Dave Perkins and Drew Thomas, January 2021
- Report: Manufacturing the Future Workforce, a report by High Value Manufacturing Catapult, January 2020 (summary and full report available)
- Report: UK Innovation Report, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, February 2021
- Paper: Which skills contribute most to absorptive capacity, innovation, and productivity performance? Evidence from the US and Western Europe by Geoff Mason, Ana Rincon-Aznar and Fracesco Venturini
- Paper: Skills and training for a more innovation-intensive economy by Francis Green and Geoff Mason, July 2014
- Report: Innovation after lockdown: using innovation to build a more balanced, resilient economy by Harry Farmer and Madeleine Gabriel, NESTA, June 2020
- Paper: Workforce skills and innovation: an overview of major themes in the literature by Phillip Toner, OECD, 2011
- Paper: How do apprentices moderate the influence of organizational innovation on the technological innovation process? By Christian Rupietta, Johannes Meuer and Uschi Backes-Gellner, Empirical Research Vocational Education and Training, January 2021
- Paper: Developing VET applied research: steps towards enhancing VET's role in the innovation system by Francesca Beddie and Linda Simon, VOCEDplus, Australia 2017
- Paper: Developing VET applied research: steps towards enhancing VET's role in the innovation system by Francesca Beddie and Linda Simon, NCVER, Australia 2017
- Explaining the VET applied research developmental framework by Francesca Beddie and Linda Simon, NCVER, Australia 2017https://www.ncver.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0024/916161/Explaining-the-VET-applied-research-developmental-framework.pdf
- Paper: Measuring Innovation Skills Acquired by College and Polytechnic Students through Applied Research by Robert Luke, 2013
- Website: College and Community Innovation Program on the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada website
- AoC Webinar: Exploring international innovation and business growth support – wider thinking on College Business Centres, recorded 15 March 2021