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Employment and Social Policy UKBO Skills and Worklessness. Kathryn Griffiths 22nd May 2008. Background. 6.9m people 12% UK population 11% UK employment 10% UK GDP 73% people in the NW in work €23.3bn GDP gap with rest of UK €360m direct investment €560m indirect investment.

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    1. Employment and Social Policy UKBOSkills and Worklessness Kathryn Griffiths 22nd May 2008

    2. Background • 6.9m people • 12% UK population • 11% UK employment • 10% UK GDP • 73% people in the NW in work • €23.3bn GDP gap with rest of UK • €360m direct investment • €560m indirect investment

    3. NWDA Priorities • Mainly supported gaps in provision • Focused on groups that are low priority groups for job centre plus • Unemployed for less than 6 months • Long term incapacity benefits • Tackling worklessness by linking people, jobs and training • Increase participation of 16-19 year olds in education/work-based learning • Support for adults • Stimulate employers to invest in workforce • Stimulate demand for and invest in entrepreneurial, intermediate and higher level skills for individuals

    4. Links with RES • Priority sectors • Energy and environmental technologies • Advanced engineering and materials • Digital and creative industries • Business and professional services • Targeted areas • Using Liverpool Capital of Culture • Ports/airports • Strategic Regional Sites • Business appropriate skills • Language skills (internationalisation) • IT and digital technologies skills • Business Improvement Skills • Other actions of interest • Programmes to assist workers in declining sectors to move into growth sectors • Develop skilled workforce in rural areas • Roll out of support for basic skills ‘Train to Gain’ • Overcome skills disparities in disadvantaged groups

    5. Cast study 1: Northwest Worklessness Investment Framework • Partners – NWDA, Learning and Skills Council and Job centre plus • Focus – Key stages to engage with workless people and routes needed to support them in sustainable employment • Progress model

    6. Case study 2: Northern Way • Northern Way – bring together cities in the three Northern regions of Yorkshire and Humber, North West and North East England • Specific pilot activities on worklessness • Work on health related worklessness particularly successful in Manchester • Around 3000 individuals will have been assisted in skills development by March 2007

    7. Lesson learnt • Willingness of individuals to engage with activities • Different needs of individuals • Post employment support services • Engagement with employers • Problems with duplication of work

    8. Use of ERDF in the region • Action area 4.2 – Supporting linkages to key employment areas • Transport • Sub-regional approach • Improving reporting requirements

    9. The future • Changes to national policy and the demographics of the UK means that policy will have to change • Ageing population • Welfare reform • Outreach less important for region • Strategic approach • More emphasis on demand • Use of procurement to stimulate employment in target groups

    10. Thank you for your attention Contact details Kathryn.griffiths@nwbo.be www.nwbo.be www.nwda.co.uk