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Local Employment Partnerships Making LEP Happen Samantha Beck , Employer Services Coordinator South East Region. The Challenge in Context.
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March 2007: Chancellor announces Local Employment Partnerships (LEPs) with 5 major retailers – Asda, B & Q, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Tesco
July 2007: Key component of the “In Work, Better Off” Green Paper on the next steps to full employment
July 2008: Partnership Agreements
Strong Ministerial support and intensive Ministerial campaigns – now includes awards – SE Awards planned for March 09 – nominations Oct 08
High profile marketing – the “UP” (Untapped Potential) campaign
Employers are required to give a verbal or written
commitment to working with Jobcentre Plus to
place priority customers into work.
Employers may also choose to use any of the nine LEP
options aligned to support recruitment, retention and
development of skills within the work place.
Use the options as your “bag of tools” BUT
keep the message simple – priority customers
We will support partners to explain these measures and provide marketing materials
A LEP offers an employer added value in:> Recruitment
> Strengthening workforce skillsFlexible; no costs; no risks. And Awards!
A LEP doesn’t have to include one of the options.> Can build the LEP in stages.
> First make the initial agreement on the basic principle of working with us.
> With all employers you market to!
> Incentives such as ‘in-work benefits’ that help the transition from benefit to work.
> Advertise vacancies at no cost.
> Not a lot!
> Give our priority customers a fair crack.
> No preferential treatment. No positive discrimination. Selection down to the employer.
> Full employment > Eradicating child poverty> Stronger communities> Developing skills> Filling vacancies > Getting people off benefitsIntegrated employment and skills
> Lone Parents> People with health conditions & disabilities> JSA 6 months+> JSA New Deals> ‘Harder to help’ people> People in Employment Zones> People in Disadvantaged Area Wards
> More opportunities for your clients
> More employers willing and able to take your clients
> More opportunities to sell your services to employers No extra work!
> Sell LEPs to employers
> Place customers with LEP employers> Work together
> Single point of contact – hide the wiring
Local Employment PartnershipsSamantha BeckEmployer Services Coordinator Phone: 07891682626