LVSC Employment and Skills Bulletin February 2017

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February 2017

Dear Colleague

Here is the February 2017 edition of the Employment and Skills Bulletin that contains updates on ESF funding opportunites from the GLA and London Councils, supply-chain opportunites with the London Learning Consortium, and Association of Colleges. There is also still an opportunity to feed into the DWP-DH Green Paper on Work, Health and Disability, as well as the Government's recently published Industrial Strategy. Finally please do come to the Apprenticeship Levy event that LVSC is delivering jointly with BTEG and Fair Train on Tuesday 21st February 1:30pm-5pm in the conference room here at LVSC.

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

Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund

Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund: Integration of Third-Country Nationals. The total budget for this call is estimated at €17 million. The grants awarded for individual projects will be between €450,000 and €750,000. The EU will cover 90% of the total eligible costs of the action. For more information please click here. Deadline to apply is 4pm 28th February.

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GLA European Social Fund Co-financing Programme 2014-2020

The Greater London Authority is pleased to announce the release of the first of its Team London funding opportunities which form part of the GLA ESF 2014-2020 Co-Financing Programme.

The 2Work project will give unemployed 18-24 year olds access a wide variety of volunteering opportunities and experiences from the world of work, with a view to raising their aspirations and levels of work experience, and helping them gain the skills to move into, and sustain employment, education and/or training.

The project has a grant value of £0.8m, and will deliver between May 2017 and October 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, 3rd March 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's and Prospectuses here.

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London Councils ESF Borough Employment Programme

London Councils are pleased to announce the launch of the London Councils ESF Borough Employment Programme. We are inviting organisations to apply for funding in:

• London Borough of Hounslow.

The deadline for applications is the 22nd March. Further details on the application process can be found here.

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EASI: fast track integration into the labour market for third country nationals targeting exclusively asylum seekers, refugees and their family members. The total budget for this call for proposals is €14.2 million. The Commission expects between five and seven projects to be funded. The grant will cover 80% of the total eligible costs of the action. For more information please click here. Deadline to apply is 30th March.

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Supply chain opportunities

London Learning Consortium

London Learning Consortium are seeking expressions of interest from providers who wish to be considered as a sub-contractor / delivery partner for 2017-2018 Adult Education Budget funding. The recent publication of the open procurement round of AEB funding by the Skills Funding Agency has enabled them to seek more partners and increase our work with those that need it most.

They are looking for providers who have delivery premises and capacity to deliver in one or more of the following areas in Greater London:
Tower Hamlets, Haringey, Hackney, Islington, Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Hammersmith and Fulham, Camden, Southwark, Lewisham, Barking and Dagenham, Bromley, Croydon, Greenwich, Sutton, Wandsworth, Merton, Richmond-upon-Thames, Kingston upon Thames.

Please either download the EOI form from their website or email either Steve Jeffery or Heather Armstrong for a copy. Deadline is Friday 17th February.

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Assoication of Colleges

Association of Colleges has been awarded a contract by the Education and Training Foundation to deliver a national-scale Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA) programme this year. Further details are available their website. They are launching an Invitation to Tender today for providers across the sector to deliver collaborative projects focusing on teaching, learning and assessment.

The programme aims to support the development of the technical teaching workforce across the sector, to prepare practitioners and providers for the implementation of the Post-16 Skills Plan and to have a positive impact on technical skills teaching across the country. The deadline for application is noon on 24 February. For further information and to download the ITT and application form, please visit AoC's webpage.

AoC is also seeking to appoint 10-15 Peer Advisors to work on the OTLA programme. Peer Advisors will act as a 'critical friend' for up to two projects as part of the wider programme. Further information on the Peer Advisor role and how to apply is available via AoC's recruitment pages. The deadline for applications is Midday Thursday 16th February.

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Policy and news

Work, Health and Disability Green Paper

Department for Work and Pensions has published its long-awaited Work, Health and Disability Green Paper, Improving Lives - launching a wide-reaching consultation into employment support for people with disabilities and health conditions. Deadline to respond is 17th February.

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Safer Future Communities Survey

LVSC's Safer Future Communities/MOPAC 'State of the Sector' Survey 2017 survey is to gain understanding from network members about the current Criminal Justice System sector environment, taking into consideration some of the key political, economic and social changes over the last year. They are especially keen to hear from members about the strengths as well as risks within the sector, particularly in regards to relationships with commissioners and other statutory partners. Please click this link to complete the survey. Closing date is Friday 3rd March.

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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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London Finance Commission

The London Finance Commission published its report, Devolution: a capital idea on 27 January 2017. The report builds on the Commission's previous recommendations and sets out the tax and spending powers London now needs to take control of its future. The report sets out the benefits of fiscal devolution to London and to Londoners; holding local politicians to account, better quality decision-making and a fairer tax system that supports economic growth.

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Brexit White Paper

The Government published its white paper on the United Kingdom's exit from and new partnership with the European Union.

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LVSC events

Apprenticeship Levy

LVSC, Black Training Enterprise Group, and Fair Train, will be delivering a joint event on the up-coming Apprenticeship Levy that is coming into effect in April this year. It will take place on Tuesday 21st February 1:30pm-5pm in the conference room at LVSC, 2nd Floor, 200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP. For more information, including how to book on-line, please click here.

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External events


Black Training Enterprise Group (BTEG) are looking to recruit 30 female volunteer role models and want to attract women from a range of different ethnic minority backgrounds and occupations particularly those working in STEM sectors or where there are few BAME women working. If you are interested and would like to get involved or simply hear more about the opportunity to be a role model for R2S, come and join them on 21 February from 6-8:30pm, by booking a place.

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Resources and tools

Making every contact count

Making every contact count in Camden and Islington has been launched to make the most of each and every opportunity to help local people improve their health, wellbeing and quality of life. For further details including up and coming training please visit via or

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Free Leadership and Management training

Learning and Skills Council is offering Levels 2, 3 and 5 accredited courses in Leadership and Management to cohorts of workers through the government apprenticeship programme. The courses are CMI accredited. People doing the level five will be able to use the post-nominal CMI on completion. The training consists of 8 days training.

There is no cost to your organisation or your learners. This means that you will be able to offer training at zero cost to you and your staff. You will need to provide a training space and photocopying for sessions. If you are interested or want further details please contact Michael Hamilton on 07944 251007.

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Employer Engagement & Communications Internship with Moving on Up. Salary: London living wage, currently £9.15 p/h. Duration: 28 hours a week for six months. Moving on Up (MoU) is a collaborative initiative between Trust for London, the City of London Corporation's charity, City Bridge Trust, and the Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG). The initiative aims to increase the employment rates of young black men in London over the next two years (2015-17) by funding work that will improve the support offered to them and increase their pathways into employment. Click here for an application pack, including a fuller description of the role. Applications must arrive by 5pm Friday 17 February.

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Caseworker - Careers Gateway North/East London (Big Lottery Building Better Opportunities - Refugees into Sustainable Employment Contract). Salary £24,000 to £28,000 per annum. Full-time, 35 hours per week, permanent contract. This role is part funded by European Social Fund (ESF) and Big Lottery Fund.

Please apply to or by post to Renaisi Ltd, 21 Garden Walk, London EC2A 3EQ, with a CV and covering letter outlining your skills and experience against the job description/personal specification, which can be downloaded from their website.

CLOSING DATE: Midday on 20th February 2017- applications received after this time will not be considered. If you have any queries in relation to the role, please email Jonathan Starling-Cross or call him on 07738 439897.

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