An Employment and Skills Plan (ESP) is prepared by a developer with the help of the council to achieve positive education and employment outcomes for local people. All large-scale planning applications, specifically those that have more than 30 residential units or 1000m2 of commercial floorspace, will require an ESP.

The ESP sets targets for a range of employment and training opportunities including work experience, apprenticeship training and the creation of new jobs.

In line with the City Vision 2040, the Economic Development Regeneration Strategy and Skills and Labour Market Strategy , we are committed to supporting residents to improve their education and skills, leading to sustainable employment. This will enable businesses in Portsmouth to grow through access to a highly skilled local labour force.

The Achieving Employment and Skills Plans supplementary planning document (SPD) was adopted on 26 July 2013 and details further guidance on ESPs, including the process involved in preparing and implementing a plan. Developers can find the Portsmouth City Council Employment and Skills template on page 14-26 (Appendix A) of the Achieving Employment and Skills Plans SPD document.

The council follows the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) client-based approach. The CITB has set up benchmarks for all sizes of building project (these can be seen on pages 44 to 68 of the guidance download). As an employer-led organisation, the CITB has developed these in consultation with the construction sector.

If you have any questions please email planningpolicy@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or call us on 023 9268 8633.