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  1. ESRC Seminar Series Stakeholder perspectives: how employers, trades unions and human resource management professionals see the purpose and practice of careers support in work settings WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT 29th March 2012

  2. Our remitted strategic objectives from Government for 2011-14 are to: Research Business Plan for 2012 – 13 Ambition To transform the UK’s approach to investing in the skills of people as an intrinsic part of securing jobs and growth Impact Strategic objectives Investment • Maximise the impact of employment and skills policies and employer behaviour to support jobs and growth and secure an internationally competitive skills base Intelligence • Work with businesses to develop the best market solutions which leverage greater investment in skills • Provide outstanding labour market intelligence which helps businesses and people make the best choices for them Outcomes Key to our ambition is the need to encourage greater employer ownership of skills, working to secure sustainable partnerships for the long term. Over the next 12 months Commissioners will focus on four outcomes: More employers investing in the skills of their people More career opportunities for young people More collective action by employers through stronger sectors and local networks More employers stepping up and taking ownership of skills Assets To secure these outcomes the Commission has five distinct assets to draw upon: Investors in People Investment Funds National Occupational Standards Commissioner Insights & Networks Supported by efficient, high quality core services Resources As a small and dynamic organisation our 100 people are grouped into three professions: Our delivery , core services and people are supported by the following budgets for the year: Research & Technical Project Delivery Business Services Finance, HR, IT, Facilities, Procurement, Communications Investment funds of up to £62m Programme funding £20m (excl investment funds) Organisation’s running costs £8m

  3. Commissioners Key: Chairman Devolved Administrations Large Employers Small/Medium Enterprises Trade Unions Voluntary Sector FE and HE Charlie Mayfield, Chairman, John Lewis Partnership Dr Bill McGinnis CBE DL, N. Ireland Advisor, Employment and Skills David Fairhurst, Chief People Officer, McDonalds Europe James Wates CBE, Deputy Chairman, Wates Construction Ltd Valerie Todd, Director of Talent and Resources , Crossrail Ltd Trevor Matthews, CEO, Aviva UK Nigel Whitehead, Group Managing Director of programmes & support, BAE Systems Lucy Adams, Director of Business Operations, BBC Jeremy Anderson CBE, Chairman Global Financial Services, KPMG LLP John Cridland CBE, Director General, CBI Sean Taggart, Owner & Chief Executive, The Albatross Group Julie Kenny, CBE DL Chairman & Chief Executive, Pyronix Ltd Grahame Smith, General Secretary, Scottish Trade Union Congress Dave Prentis, General Secretary, UNISON Brendan Barber, General Secretary, TUC Seyi Obakin, Chief Executive, Centrepoint Liz Sayce OBE, Chief Executive, Disability Rights Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive, Turning Point Dr. Deidre Hughes OBE, Lead Consultant, European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network Tony Lau-Walker, Chief Executive Officer, Eastleigh College Prof. John Coyne, Vice Chancellor, University of Derby

  4. If we don’t succeed our economic renewal is at riskOur global performance is NOT world class and is fallingSkills have a role to play in raising future performance Source: OECD Employment Outlook 2011 and OECD Productivity Database 2010

  5. Geography mattersSignificant variations across the UK Productivity and employment in the nations and regions of the UK Source: ONS

  6. What are the key messages?: Is training investment sufficient? In decline and inflated by “opportunity cost” More training is provided to “most skilled” staff Around 40% of employers don’t invest Just under half of employees miss out Total UK investment = £49bn BUT Varies by sector Public sector tops the league tables Only 12% of employees train to qualifi- cations Non-trainers feel staff are already proficient “Trainers” say cost is key barrier to more training

  7. More collective action by employersKey role for our Investment Funds The UK Commission’s Investment Funds will stimulate and drive employer led action leading to increased ambition and employer investment in skills. So far we have invested over £70m in nearly 90 projects across 20 different employer-led organisations. Our investment has been matched by £19m of direct employer investment and £38m of employer in-kind support. Summaries of all projects can be seen at The Employer Investment Fund: The Employer Investment Fund is open only to licensed Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) and is a UK wide fund . Phase 1 delivery commenced in June 2011 and has invested in 14 projects totalling £5m. Phase 2 was launched on 30th June 2011.  £61m of investment has now been announced in 63 employer led projects. The Growth and Innovation Fund: The Growth and Innovation Fund (GIF) is open to all employer representative organisations (including Sector Skills Councils) and is an England only fund. In Round 1, the UK Commission has invested in 10 ‘Best Market Solutions’ totalling £6.3m for projects running until March 2013. Further GIF bidding is currently underway (appr. £30m available).

  8. Securing Employer OwnershipEmployer ownership pilots fund “We need to take determined steps to encourage greater employer ownership of skills, working to secure a sustainable partnership for the long term” • Employers should have the space to own the skills agenda – leadership and commitment • Skills solutions should be designed by employer-led partnerships to reach more people and businesses and raise quality and support innovation • Public contributions for vocational training should move to employer incentives and investments to support sustainable investments • Transactions should be transparent to support better evidence, outcomes (VFM) Charlie Mayfield UK Commission for Employment and Skills - Chairman

  9. Opportunity to act nowEngland fund • Up to £250 million employer ownership investment fund over two years • Jointly led by BIS, DfE and UKCES • Need bold propositions from employers, in partnership with colleges and training providers

  10. Career Adaptable Competencies(Bimrose et al. 2011)

  11. Career Adaptable Competencies • Control: exerting a degree of influence on their situations • Curiosity: broadening horizons by exploring social opportunities & possibilities • Commitment: experimenting with new & different activities • Confidence: believing in yourself & ability to achieve your goal • Concern: developing a positive optimistic attitude to the future Reference: Savickas et al. (2009). Life designing: A paradigm for career construction in the 21st Century. In Journal of Vocational Behavior, 75, 3, pp.239-250.

  12. Next steps and more information • Ownership Prospectus document available from • Further research information from • Further investment information from • Research on Career Adaptability & Skills Supply

  13. Thank you For additional information contact: Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE Commissioner UK Commission for Employment & Skills Email: Tel: 07533 545057