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Title: Work, Benefits and Skills: the role of local government

Work, Benefits and Skills the role of local
  • Andrew Brooks
  • Economic Regeneration
  • 19th January 2011

Purpose of Workshop
  • Show how Lincolnshire County Council has used ESF
    to add value to skills training
  • Highlight partnership working with other Local
  • Show the real benefits of this approach
  • Look into the future to see what opportunities
    will be available for Local Authorities

What started the ball rolling?
  • Key aspects
  • Good previous track record of ESF Delivery prior
    to 2007
  • Momentum for increased regional working
  • Key buy-in at a Chief Exec level at 1st Tier
    Authorities in the East Midlands
  • Ability to pull together authorities delivery

How does it work?
  • Lincolnshire County Council are the Lead Body
    within a Consortium
  • Joint Plan produced to engage support of both
    National Management Agency (NMA) Regional
    Monitoring Committee
  • Joint Prospectus produced to engage providers
  • Each participating Local Authority delivers
    skills training programme in their sub-regional
  • LCC monitors manages the programme supports
    other local authorities in their management of
  • LCC submits claims to NMA

What will the consortium be delivering?
  • Key outcomes of consortium activity include so
    far for 2007-10
  • Delivery of a 8.4 million programme, drawing
    down 3.8 million of ESF
  • Supporting 1,736 individuals back along the road
    to economic activity jobs
  • Delivering the up-skilling of 1,744 participants
  • Developing an active partnership of Local
    Authority delivery, and engagement with ESF

What does this mean for the East Midlands
  • Continued support of a 3 million ESF previous
  • Ability to engage and participate with other
    organisations in the delivery of skills
    training in the County
  • Target external funding to add value to the
    local areas needs
  • Deliver projects through, in most cases, locally
    based organisations, that have a local business
    sector impact

Unique Selling Points
  • Augmenting mainstream provision
  • Procurement No approved providers, prime
    contracting or minimum contract values
  • Open competitive tendering process, in its
    widest sense
  • Local providers Using, wherever possible, local
    providers to ensure continuity
  • Links to local strategies activities

Lincolnshire Example
  • Project Bridge Farm Nursery, Spalding
  • Project supporting people with learning
  • Support to gain qualifications of Certificate
    NVQ 1 in horticulture
  • Business Sector supported project, with real life
    working environment

Lincolnshire Example - 2
  • Project Tendering opportunities for the Third
  • Supporting the Third Sector
  • Up-skilling organisations within the sector
  • Using peer support delivery mechanisms

Lincolnshire Example - 3
  • Project Pre-business start up
  • Run by Nottingham Business Ventures
  • Support for people to overcome barriers before
    think about becoming self employed and/or setting
    up their own business
  • Escalator approach to moving people into
    mainstream provision
  • Linked with BSSP model Business Link

Other Authority Activity
  • Leicester City Council BME engagement activity,
    support for lone parents
  • Derbyshire County Council Large support
    programme for moving people with learning
    disabilities into paid employment
  • Derby City Council Support on worklessness,
    pre- business start up activity

Key Issues Faced
  • Engagement of other Local Authorities
  • Ability to find viable match funding sources
  • Setting of programme areas
  • Ability to explain added value role of Local
  • Joint working procurement processes
  • Audit

So, in summary
  • The consortium has been a national pilot
  • It is plugging local gaps in skills provision
  • It engages Local Authorities in the skills arena
    with other commissioners
  • Enhances local delivery, using local providers
    where applicable
  • Achieved good external audit results for handling

  • David Smith Nottingham Business Venture

Case Study Up Skill Me
  • Our Vision supporting ESF
  • Our Challenges
  • Trust
  • Duplication
  • Reach
  • Our Outcomes

Case Study Up Skill Me
  • Suzanne joined this program having been referred
    to seek advice on how to set up her baby and
    toddler B2C retail business
  • Although low in confidence our team were able to
    provide support, engage with community groups and
    develop financial tools to help identify the
    feasibility of her idea.
  • 13 months later, she has now established a
    successful and growing business through e-bay and
    Amazon websites, plus a very upmarket website of
    her own!
  • Suzanne says I found the project support very
    helpful and understanding, it was nice to speak
    to someone who was very eager to advise me on my
    business venture. With their expertise I have
    been able to grow very rapidly!

Case Study Up Skill Me
  • After an initial visit, we established that James
    has suffered from mental illness since birth and
    had special needs in his primary education.
    Finding it hard to concentrate led to a lack of
    formal training in art which created a barrier to
    him displaying his artwork at galleries.
    Therefore, his craft had remained just a hobby.
  • We provided support, advice, coaching and
    encouraging them in the up-skilling process,
    which led to their setting up a business offering
    abstract designs on glass. These products are
    now sold over their own website and on e-bay to
    customers across the world. They also sell at
    local craft fairs, with some of the proceeds
    being donated to charity. In addition, James
    buys postcard memorabilia, which he then resells
    to collectors.

Partnership Working
  • Roy Harper
  • Lincolnshire Rutland Employment Skills Board

  • Local Employment and Skills partnership
  • LEP / ESB complementary
  • Locally-based practitioners / funders / providers
  • Articulation of an Employer Voice
  • Local economy, geography, sectors
  • Influence and steer provision, not directly
    procure or commission
  • Champion Lincolnshire and Rutland

Employment and Skills Plan 2010
  • Local differentiation opportunities and
  • Rurality and sparsity
  • Pockets of skills deprivation
  • Low employer demand for skills
  • Employment Gateways Coastal / Care / Retail
  • Local sectors Agri-food / Polymer

  • How can Local Authorities influence provide
    local differentiation

Hypothetical Future????
  • Given that more funding for skills training is
    becoming more centralised, with contracts being
    awarded at ever higher minimum levels, what are
    the opportunities for
  • Local differentiation Urban vs Rural models,
    localism local aspirations, travelling patterns
  • Partnership working Lobbying strategic
    direction, LEPs, colleges
  • Provider delivery Prime contracting, minimum
    contract levels, local reach continuity of
    service, Big Society