Dorset local skills report

Dorset’s go-to evidence base for local skills insights, priorities, success stories and initiatives.

Developed by Dorset’s Skills Advisory Panel and Board and coordinated by Dorset LEP with extensive partnership support and intelligence gathering, the Dorset Local Skills Report is the go-to evidence base for local skills insights and initiatives. Arriving at a momentous time when the county is cautiously moving into recovery from the effects of a global pandemic, this report offers a reflection on Dorset’s skills journey to date and outlines the strategic direction of travel that will enable people, business, and communities in our county to build back, to aspire, thrive and prosper going forwards. 

Drawing on our regional skills and labour market strengths, challenges and ambitions, this report aims to act as a springboard for future engagements, creative partnerships and conversations, where a diversity of voices from across the skills spectrum are heard, including employers, educators, learners and policy makers. It offers a wealth of insights and ideas for use by any individual or organisation with an interest in skills development in Dorset.

A comprehensive Annex of Indicators summarising the evidence behind our strategy, as well as the current two-year programme of Skills Activities accompany the Dorset Local Skills Report, which offers an interim assessment of progress on key indicators and initiatives currently underway.


The report outlines our skills strategy - the Dorset total skills solution:

Dorset’s Strategic Skills Ambitions directly stem from the key challenges identified locally. 

Our Priorities & Actions are firmly grounded in the skills needs of Dorset’s people and economy focused on talent attraction and retention, skills needed to meet demand and skills for future growth.

Our Skills Mechanisms emerge from the challenging times that we live in and are designed to focus our energy and resources in ways that make the biggest impact. 

We will ensure that everything we do is addressing Dorset’s: 

Place based regeneration

Focusing on areas hardest hit, with low aspiration and difficult to reach, we will dive deep into issues, plan for regeneration and raise ambition of young people.


Action-driven recovery for post-Covid generated employment issues across Dorset with focus on targeted interventions to support sectors and groups hardest hit and provide skills retraining, upskilling, reskilling, career support.

Future Growth

Future focused interventions, backed by research evidence, ensuring we develop the skills, employment attributes and experiences required for future growth and successful life and business outcomes.

Read the full Dorset Local Skills Report

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