We are developing and delivering projects that will help us achieve our ambition for skills in the North East.
Skills Pilot: The North East Skills Pilot uses financial incentives to encourage colleges and local training providers to make sure that the skills provision meets the skills needs of businesses. With partners, we have developed a new funding model that focuses on job outcomes, higher skills levels and training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. The pilot will also be used to influence future government policy.
Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance: From 2014 the National Careers Service has greater local flexibility to respond to local enterprise partnership priorities. Working with the Skills Funding Agency, we have set clear local priorities for delivery of this service. The new service focuses on sustained job outcomes from more effective advice and guidance linked to known local labour market opportunities.
Enterprise Advisors: This new project will help create a network of enterprise advisors across the North East to facilitate closer links between schools and the business and enterprise community. They will focus on creating strategic connections with school leadership and offering access to mentoring, careers advice, training opportunities and placements.
Skills for the Workforce: Training providers Intraining and Ingeus have been commissioned to deliver an £8.5m programme of skill support for the workforce. The programme focuses on enabling more employed adults to participate in training – including apprenticeships – and up-skill them to ensure sustainable employment or career progression. It includes the £1.5m Local Response Fund through which Ingeus is delivering an innovative and bespoke skills solutions for SMEs through the Workforce Investment Network. You can find out more about the Workforce Investment Network here.
Generation NE – Youth Employment Programme
Generation NE is a partnership programme covering the seven local authorities in the North East LEP area, funding was secured with the help of the Cities and Local Growth Unit. This £4.5m programme is designed to drive up youth employment across the whole NELEP area.
Aimed at 16 to 24 year olds, Generation NE supports young people into sustainable employment through individual and tailored coaching and support; in tandem it supports employers to futureproof their workforce by recruiting and training young people through Apprenticeships, Traineeships, employment and work experience.
The programme works in partnership with Job Centre Plus and a range of other partners and providers who refer to Generation NE.
By working together, the local authorities deliver the programme’s vision:
To offer a simplified, responsive and coordinated service; ensuring ‘quality assured’ support for businesses and young people.
If you’d like to know more about the projects, you can contact our Skills Expert here.