West Midlands ESF Skills Programme 2007-13 – New Provision Landscape Friday 29 June 2012 By: Dr Henry Seaton, ESF Skills Lead WM. Welcome. Welcome. Housekeeping Purpose of the event West Midlands ESF Skills Programme: Where we are now Horizon Scanning. Why We’re Here.
Friday 29 June 2012
By: Dr Henry Seaton, ESF Skills Lead WM
Senior Partnership Manager
29 June 2012
The European Social Fund (ESF) helps disadvantaged people to improve
their employability skills and consequently their job prospects
Contract Package AreaESF ProviderNumber of LA’s
West Midlands (CPA11) EOS 14
Payment model focuses on giving incentives to providers by payment for
- 26 weeks out of 30 for JSA claimants;
- 13 weeks for all other individuals (including ex-IB JSA claimants;
JCP receives details from Provider, checks eligibility and makes electronic referral via Labour Market System
with individual family members
Get Britain Working
Work for Yourself
New Enterprise Allowance
Light Skills Screen by
Mandatory Work Activity
Job vacancies database
On line support
JCP Group Sessions
Funding to support disadvantaged
customers through contracted provision
Discretionary funds to help customers overcome specific
barriers and move into work – including health-related support
Contact Details: Dez Grant
National Offender Management Service Co-Financing OrganisationSandra Sutton Employment CFO Policy Lead Manager – Community29th June 2011
3 National Co-Financing Organisations
Skilled, qualified but unemployed
Unskilled, unqualified, de-motivated, drugs / alcohol issues, behavioural issues, debt problems, accommodation problems.
Hard to help group who are currently not able to access mainstream provision, and are therefore unable to return to the labour market
Offenders are assessed as having significant barriers to employment (accommodation, drugs, health issues etc)
The NOMS CFO Case Worker creates an action plan with the participant which aims to address their multiple barriers.
The Case Worker begins work on the action plan, making referrals where appropriate and completing actions themselves
The Case Worker continually re-assesses the action plan to make sure that it is appropriate and achieving its aim.
As the barriers to employment begin to be addressed, the case worker will begin to focus on moving the participant into employment or education.
At the end of the project participants either enter employment, education or are more able to engage with mainstream employment initiatives
ESF grant = £8.4 million
Round 2 Provision
Up to 31 May 2012:
156 Employment Outcomes
132 Further Learning Outcomes
Hard to Help Sub Project - Travellers & Show People
Strong links made with Gypsy Roma and Travellers community
Celebration events being held in June to promote GRT
Ops & Performance Manager
CFO Employment Policy Manager - Community
CFO Prison Skills & Employment Manager
Friday 29th June 2012
The provision offer is available on a roll-on / roll-off basis throughout the year. Participation can be full or part-time. The training and skills support must respond to an individual’s skills needs, and be delivered in the context of a personalised skills training programme that meets the needs of local employers or the labour market. Accredited units and qualifications should feature in the training on offer in order that individuals can build on units gained once in employment, either in the workplace or alongside work.Additional funding to be passed on to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the form of two grant payments (up to a maximum of £2,500) is available for every new apprentice they recruit in order to help them support the candidates through their Apprenticeship.
All Jobcentre Plus customers aged 18 or over (Apprenticeship Grants to SMEs are payable where they take on an 18-24 year old into an Apprenticeship), eligible for Skills Funding Agency and ESF funding under the normal rules and are claiming state benefits, who want to enter employment and need skills training to do so. Only SMEs (1-249 employees) will be eligible for Apprenticeship Grants.’
Referral and Pre Start activity
Exit and Tracking
Individuals must be aged 18 or over, eligible for Skills Funding Agency and ESF funding under the normal rules and must be claiming JSA (including partners on joint claims) or ESA (WRAG) benefits including:
Geographical area - eligibility for the individual will be based on their home postcode and if the individual has no fixed postcode of their own it will be based on the Jobcentre postcode where they sign on.
*The time spent on work placements and voluntary work opportunities do not count towards total Guided Learning Hours unless the guided learning is being delivered to the individual while on the placement. In this case, the Guided Learning Hours will be funded.
Staffordshire Region Skills Support for the Unemployed
105 Jobs tracked to date
Skills Support for the Unemployed
310 (+53 unable to claim <10glh) Jobs tracked to date
Performance to date
Understand the data service requirements
Understand the audit requirements
The profile needs constant revision; at best it is a forecast made months before the project commences
Reflection on Lessons Learned
Public sector clients want high level skills / MBA units
The ESF project prescription not always what the clients or the employer wants (old market conditions)
Regional response takes time to establish
Learners like Technical Skills (welding) to earn high hourly wage
Effective working day to day relationship
Be prepared for referrals that are substantially distant from the labour market
Success with Sector Based Work Academies -Retail, Hospitality, Care and Manufacturing
Operational Lessons Unemployed Programmes
Top level review with regional partners
Dialogue with the data service
Dialogue with your SFA Account Manager
Develop numerous links e.g. Liquidators, trade unions, employers, supply chain
Areas of Good Practice
June 29th 2012
Provision is targeted at skills support to unemployed on benefits who are looking for work but face a skills barrier to entering the labour market.
19+ and eligible for Agency and ESF funding under the normal rules, must be unemployed, in receipt of state benefits, looking for work and require skills training to help them enter work.
Sub Contractor Partners
1 Walsall College
2 TBG Learning
3 Solihull College
Skills Support Hotline 0114 289 8696
Julia Hackett (Operations Manager)
Nejam Boksh (Supply Chain Manager)
29th June, Birmingham
Seetec is committed to providing customers with the best possible combination of guidance, training and support to enable them to reach their goals.
This is achieved through the passion and commitment of staff and through the vital partnerships that have been established and constantly developed and expanded.
Seetec's partnerships with the public, private, community and voluntary sectors are invaluable as are the links with employers.
All partnerships are established and managed on a foundation of mutual respect, benefit and open and honest communication.
The programme aims to support unemployed individuals on benefits who are looking for work but face a skills barrier to entering the labour market
The objectives of the programme are to support individuals to achieve accredited qualifications and find sustainable work.
Our Offer is Pre employment, vocational, occupational and Skills for Life Qualifications.
Why are we different?
All staff ensure that clients coming into our programme are treated with respect and dignity and are made to feel valued. Within the first 2 weeks of operation we have a 100% retention rate.
Yardley (Covering Solihull)
(Full addresses are detailed on the final slide)
Eligibility is 19+ and JSA/ESA
Work Programme Clients can access this provision
JCP LMS Numbers
LMS Number (Black Country) – WEL62847
LMS Number (Birmingham) – ERG24403
Clients aged 19 – 24.
£1500 funding directly to employers.
50% Funding when apprentice completed 8 weeks, and then further 50% on completion of their apprenticeship programme.
Apprentices will be recruited from the SSU Contract.
Seetec deliver apprenticeships in – Retail, Storage & Warehousing, Logistics, Business Admin, Customer Service, IT, Team Leading, Management, Hospitality
Individuals interested in the programmes should contact the Seetec Call Centre:
0800 65 25 414 or call Luke Ward on 07730 141155 or Julia Hackett on 07730 141027
Shropshire/ Herefordshire/ Telford and Wrekin
Warwickshire/ Worcestershire/ Stoke On Trent
Organisation: SHROPSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
Live Date: 2nd July
Contact: Liz Harding
Tel: 01743 255127
Organisation: NOVA Training
Live Date: 2nd July
Contact: Claire Mckeown
Tel: 01902 366 278
Live Date: 30th July
Organisation: Coventry City Council
Live Date: tbc
Contact: Jo Gowers
Tel: 02476 831396
June 29th 2012
West Midlands Support Skills for Redundancy and Unemployed
Sub Contractor Partners
Skills Support Hotline 0114 289 8696
West Midlands ESF Skills
New Provision Landscape
29th June 12
Promote ‘in work’ progression of employed individuals with low skills via work related skills training
Raise level of attainment
Improve employment status
Move onto undertake higher level of training
Who is it for?
Employed individuals aged 19+
Employees with low skills (prior attainment below level 2)
19-24 year olds within SMEs (prior attainment below level 3)
Focus on those most vulnerable to future unemployment & barriers to achieving sustainable employment (previous NEET)
Robust initial assessment
Delivery of skills provision leading to onward progression
Delivery of vocational training regulated qualifications on the QCF including Skills for Life
Supporting individuals to progress:
Apprenticeship (sustained for minimum of 6 weeks – registered start)
Starting on QCF regulated training at a higher level (sustained minimum of 6 weeks)
Moving into secure employment
temp to permanent within 26 weeks
Sustained increase in working hours over 26 week period
Promotion or increased responsibility
Nicola Hudson Senior Partnership Advisor (West Midlands)
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Joanna Barthorpe Account Manager (West Midlands)
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Helen Rice Account Manager (West Midlands)
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Jas Hayre Partnership Advisor (West Midlands)
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Kelly Baker Contracts Manager
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Jackie Shelton Apprenticeship Manager
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Garry Elwell Business Development Consultant
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Jason Hood Business Development Consultant
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