LVSC Employment and Skills Bulletin April 2017

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April 2017

Dear Colleague,

Here is the April 2017 edition of the Employment and Skills Bulletin, that contains updates on ESF access support through Evelyn Oldfied Unit's calendar of workshops and one to one surgeries that you can register online for, as part of the VCS Assist 2.0 Programme, as well as the GLA ESF funding opportunity through Team London's Forces for Good Project.

Also there is still time to respond to the Government's Industrial Strategy Green Paper, a number of employment and skills announcements in last month's Budget, and a raft of publications and policy announcements, including the formation of the national Education and Skills Funding Agency.

I do hope you find the ebulletin of use, and if there is anything you want me to include for future editions, then please get in touch!

All the best

Jonathan Slater
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European Social Fund update

VCS Assist 2.0 Programme

Evelyn Oldfield Unit have published a calendar of workshops that will help you access ESF.

If you are an organisation who intends to apply for/already has ESF funding, you can book a one-to-one surgery and receive quality technical assistance in the following:

  • Writing and submitting applications
  • Complying with ESF requirements
  • ESF project management

Register for a one-to-one technical assistance surgery.

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GLA ESF Grant Opportunity - Team London 'Forces for Good' project

The Greater London Authority has announced the release of the second of its Team London funding opportunities which form part of the GLA ESF 2014-2020 Co-Financing Programme.

The Forces for Good project will give Veterans and Early Service Leavers access to a wide variety of volunteering opportunities, support with transitioning into civilian life, mentoring to identify a career path and map skills across civilian job roles and support with gaining the skills to move into, and sustain employment, education and/or training.

The project has a grant value of £0.3m, and will deliver between June 2017 and December 2019, with final results reported and claims completed by March 2020.

The suite of documents required by potential delivery partners in order to submit an application can be found here.

The submission deadline for project applications is 5pm, 28 April 2017.

For specific details of the project objectives and requirements, and for further information about the GLA's ESF programme requirements and the application process, please see the Specification and Prospectus at the above link.

ESF Delivery Unit and Team London, the GLA

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Other funding opportunities

Brent Council

Brent Council invites bids to deliver its new Single PASS scheme to prevent and relieve homelessness.

The bidding documentation for the Brent Single PASS scheme outcomes based grant is now live on Brent Council's website.

The £1.8m PASS scheme is jointly funded by the DCLG Homelessness Prevention Trailblazer programme and Brent Council, and is an exciting and ground breaking project to assist single households and other non-priority need households facing homelessness within the borough, over a three year period.

The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 2nd June.

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City Bridge Trust

The City Bridge Trust has pledged its commitment to narrowing the employment gap for young disabled people in the capital with a new £3.3million fund for organisations tackling the issue. The Programme will provide money for projects which offer employability support for young disabled people, and strengthen links between employers and the disabled community. The organisations invited to take part include Action on Disability, Inclusion London, Action for Kids, National Autistic Society, Muscular Dystrophy UK and Whizz-Kidz.

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Policy and news

Industrial Strategy Green Paper

The Government has published a green paper setting out their vision for a modern industrial strategy. Proposals include:

  • Government is investing an additional £90m in careers advice over this parliament, and will devise a comprehensive careers advice strategy later this year.
  • The Skills Plan will implement a 'transition year' for 16 year-olds with serious basic skills gaps who are not in work or training to develop a career plan.
  • Government will expand on lifelong learning by trialling 'contact moments' as a way to promote retraining of older workers.
  • The government will work with local areas to trial new ways of closing the skills gap.

The consultation is open until 17th April. To respond please click here.

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Budget announcements

Following the Chancellor's delivery of the UK Government Budget last month, some of the key announcements included:

  • A £5 million fund will be made available for 'returnships' - to help those returning to work after long career breaks. Returnships will be open to women and men, with the aim of giving people who have taken lengthy career breaks the opportunity to refresh their skills and build professional networks.
  • The introduction of T-levels for 16-19 technical education based on the recommendations of the Sainsbury Review, increasing training hours for technical routes by 50% to over 900 hours per year on average. T-Level routes will also include a high-quality industry work placement. These routes will be implemented in 2019- 20, with an additional £500m invested yearly once these routes are fully implemented.
  • Further Education maintenance loans will be implemented from 2019-20, available to students on level 4-6 technical courses in National Colleges and Institutes of Technology. Loans will also support adult retraining. Part time maintenance loans will also be implemented in 2018-19 for part-time undergraduate study.
  • £40m will be invested by 2018-19 in lifelong learning pilots looking at different approaches to helping people retrain and upskill.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding has been published on further devolution to London. Further details please click here.

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Living standards in London

New research from Loughborough University, funded by Trust for London, shows that 41% of Londoners have less income than they need for what the public regard as a decent standard of living - that is one that allows them to meet their basic needs and participate in society at a minimum level. Download the full report, funded by Trust for London, here.

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National Citizenship Service

The Public Accounts Committee published a highly critical report into the National Citizen Service, and its chair has called on government to carry out a fundamental review before spending any money on the programme.

Youth Capital report

London Youth: Young People's capital of the world? The report is designed to give organisations and policy makers some clear pointers on how London can be a better place for young people, and hope that it will act as a catalyst for action. With London's youth population growing at an almost unprecedented rate and there is an increased ethnic diversity amongst the youth population. Young Londoners see the need for providers of services and opportunities for young people to respond effectively.

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Childcare support

London Child Poverty Alliance have published a report entitled 'At what cost? The 'free' 30 hours childcare promise in London', that draws together the challenges the early years sector is facing in the capital, in particular focusing on the impact of the proposed roll out of additional 'free' childcare for three and four year olds.

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Education and Skills Funding Agency

New agency to provide joined-up education and skills funding. The new, single funding agency - to be called the Education and Skills Funding Agency - will sit within the Department for Education and begin to operate from April 2017. The new body will continue to carry out the roles of the Education Funding Agency and Skills Funding Agency.

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Brokerage CityLink

The Brokerage CityLink are delivering a programme for year 13 students currently living and studying in a City fringe borough (Lambeth, Southwark, Westminster, Tower Hamlets, Islington, Camden and Hackney). Details of the City Business Trainee programme can be found for students and employers.

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Outreach East project

East Thames limited part of L& Q group are delivering the Outreach East project to support people with multiple barriers to employment. Their services can help customers with CV writing, interview techniques, gaining skills for real jobs, money management, and starting their own business or social enterprise. They can also help with finding work experience and/or job searches once they feel ready.g Outreach East project

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Apprenticeship Levy

Leading national charities have urged the government to reform the apprenticeship levy so that funds raised from voluntary organisations are spent within the sector.

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DWP policy paper

Department for Work and Pensions have published their Improving lives: Helping Workless Families policy paper that sets out their plans to improve the support given to workless families and their children, so that they can overcome the complex problems they face.

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State of the voluntary sector

There have been 2 recent reports published on the state of the national voluntary and community sector, including the commissioning landscape. The first was the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities report where NCVO summarised their recommendations. The second was New Civil Exchange report 'A shared Society: Independence of the Voluntary Sector 2017 report'.

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LVSC events

Love London Working

There will be an LVSC Employment and Skills Network meeting on Tuesday 30th May (part of VCS Assist 2.0 programme), that will provide an opportunity to hear about " Love London Working", an ESF funded pan-London training and employment initiative being delivered by 15 Housing Associations, led by Clarion Housing Group. The housing sector are keen to work with VCSE employment and skills providers in the capital to engage 21,000 unemployed and economically inactive residents and help 6,300 people into work. Further details on the event will be sent out in due course.

External events

London Excellence

Apprenticeship reforms: How can you benefit? A LondonExcellence Network event, is taking place on Thursday 4th May, 5 - 7pm at Elizabeth House, York Rd, Waterloo. Free of charge to members and new contacts. This event will present detail around the apprenticeship reforms, look at how they can provide your business with opportunities and answer questions you may have. For more details please click here.

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Resources and tools

CPD Bursary

Third Sector National Learning Alliance and the Education & Training Foundation Continuing Professional Development Bursary Scheme 2016/17.

Travel costs may be funded for courses which are delivered by or funded by the Education and Training Foundation - no others can be supported through this scheme. If you attend or participate in a paid for course provided by the Foundation you can apply for both delegates costs and travel - the amount claimed will be the cost actually paid out up to £250.

For more information, including how to apply please click here. Deadline is 30th April.

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Third Sector National Alliance

Third Sector National Alliance is holding a workshop on Localism and VCSE learning and Skills, to support VCSE providers of learning and skills to engage with the new adult funding arrangements emerging through local enterprise partnerships and other localised funding arrangements. It's taking place at Voluntary Action Islington, on Friday 16th June. For information, including to book, please email

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Community Education Partnership Networks

Enhance your staff training and career development for strategy as change in rules increases access to funding.

The government has significantly widened access to a key source of funding for staff training and development. Staff of all ages are now funded to take up comprehensive training programmes, so developing skills and knowledge and gaining qualifications - from entry level to post graduate level. You can now use this apprenticeship funding to underpin your staff development and progression strategy from recruitment of new staff to developing your senior managers. Free advice and support is available to help you to help you to revise your staff development plans through use of this funding. This is available to organisations providing health and care related services in the following boroughs: Camden, Islington, Haringey, Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge and Havering. Support is provided through local CEPNs (Community Education Partnership Networks) which are health partnerships that seek to support workforce development within primary care in the named boroughs. Email for more information. This offer is time-bound and available on a first come first served basis.

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Crisis is recruiting for the following positions:
Project Manager
(Big Lottery Fund Building Better Opportunities - Tackling Multiple Disadvantage Project)

Full-time, 35 hours per week, fixed-term contract to 31 December 2019
Salary £42,240 per annum

Crisis is currently recruiting for a Project Manager to join their team in London.
Download the job description here.

Please visit their website to apply online.

If you need to request an application in an alternative format, please contact the HR Team via e-mail on Closing date: 11:59pm on Monday 17th April 2017.

Quality and Compliance Executive
(Big Lottery Fund Building Better Opportunities - Tackling Multiple Disadvantage Project)

Full-time, 35 hours per week, fixed-term contract to 31 December 2019
Salary £36,623 per annum

About the role: As the Quality and Compliance Executive, you will be responsible for assuring the quality and compliance of services delivered by Crisis and their project partners.

Download the job description here.

Please visit their website to apply online.

If you need to request an application in an alternative format, please contact the HR Team via e-mail on Closing date: 11:59pm on Monday 17th April 2017

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