Local education partnerships
Kent County Council has adopted the Local Education Partnership
(LEP) model to deliver its BSF programme. This is in line with
central government thinking.
A LEP is a public private partnership between a local authority,
Partnerships for Schools (the national body responsible for
delivering the Government's BSF programme) and a private sector
partner (selected in open competition under European Union
In Kent, wave 3 of the programme is being delivered through the
Kent Local Education Partnership 1 (KLEP1). The partnership was
established in October 2008. It is a joint venture company
comprising KCC, Kier company plc, Northgate Managed Services and
KLEP1 launches as National Skills Academy for Construction
Kent Local Education Partnership 1 (KLEP1) officially launched
the KLEP1 National Skills Academy for Construction in September
The academy will offer a wide range of apprentice and training
opportunities, made possible through the delivery of Kent’s
Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.
Apprenticeship and training outcomes form part of
the targets, the Kent BSF programme will deliver more
than just buildings. Targets - focusing on value for money,
continuous improvement, sustainability, partnership, customer
satisfaction and added value - will ensure achievement and
continued benefit to the schools and Kent communities.
The KLEP1 National Skills Academy for Construction requires each
contractor to enter into further targets in relation to qualifying
the existing workforce and developing a skills culture and
infrastructure. This additional commitment will support excellence
across all sites to the benefit of the county. ConstructionSkills
is providing a £40,000 grant to fund a Project Skills Co-ordinator,
which will be match-funded by Kent County Council.