Devon & Somerset LSIP forums and meetings in 2023: Dates, times and venues


Employers in Devon and Somerset are being invited to a series of forums this spring where they will get the opportunity to have their say on the future of skills in the region.

These events are designed to introduce businesses and organisations to the new Devon & Somerset Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP), a once-in-a-generation opportunity to produce a skilled workforce better matched to the needs of business.

Run in partnership by Somerset Chamber of Commerce and Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, the LSIP will allow businesses to have their say on the future of the skills provision and the skills business needs most to succeed.

These events will help us to identify any skills gaps that are holding our region back, which will subsequently allow us to collaborate with our region’s universities, colleges and training providers and develop programmes which are appropriate to defining local skills needs.

If you are an employer in Devon or Somerset, share your views with our Devon & Somerset LSIP team by completing the short form here.

Our forums will cover a number of different sectors, and our team will be on hand to listen to you and work with you to consider the ‘measurable actions’ we can take to support you with upskilling your current workforce and providing future workforces with the right types of skills to make them fit and ready for employment.

Below is a list of our planned in-person events in Devon and Somerset in 2023.

To confirm your attendance, please email Charlotte Waites at for Devon events, and Dayna Bee at for Somerset events.

Click the dates below to find out more and book your place.

Devon dates

All Devon events run from 8.30-11.30am, with breakfast and refreshments provided.

Wednesday 22 February 2023 – Hospitality & Tourism

Torbay Employers

Hampton By Hilton, Torquay

Tuesday 28 February 2023 – Manufacturing & Engineering

North Devon Employers

The Park Hotel, Barnstaple

Tuesday 14 March 2023 – Digital & Green

Exeter Employers

Sandy Park, Exeter

Wednesday 15 March 2023 – Marine

Plymouth and South Devon Freeport

Wednesday 22 March 2023 – Hospitality & Tourism

Torbay Colleges

South Devon College

Tuesday 28 March 2023 – Manufacturing

PMG Plymouth

Wednesday 29 March 2023 – Digital

Digital Plymouth

Devon & Plymouth Chamber Boardroom

Somerset dates

All Somerset forums open to any sector

Thursday 16 February 2023 (10am-12pm)

Chard employers

Cricket St Thomas Golf Club

Thursday 23 February 2023 (10am-12pm)

Wincanton/Castle Cary employers

The Market House, Castle Cary

Tuesday 28 February 2023 (2-4pm)

Street/Glastonbury employers

Alfred Gillett Trust, Street

Tuesday 14 March 2023 (2-4pm)

Minehead/Dunster employers

Dunster Tithe Barn

Wednesday 15 March 2023 (10am-12pm)

Open invites for educators and employers

Taunton RFC