LVSC Employment and Skills Bulletin March 2017

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March 2017

Dear Colleague,

Here is the March 2017 edition of the Employment and Skills Bulletin that contains updates on the launch of the London Work and Health Programme, including the supply-chain opportunities. Also there are additional funding opportunities with the crowdfunding 'Improving Life for Londoners' as well as two new grants being offered from the Office for Civil Society & Nesta. Finally there has been a recent spate of publications on social prescribing, generational divide in the workplace, the use of benefit sanctions, and devolution.

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

New ESF Funding Opportunity - London Work and Health Programme

The new Work and Health Programme (WHP) will replace the current Work Programme and Work Choice provision in London in early 2018. As announced by the Chancellor in the 2016 Autumn Statement the London elements of WHP have been co-designed by London government and the Department for Work and Pensions.

WHP will support individuals who have been unemployed for longer than two years or who have struggled to get into work due to health problems or disability, into sustainable employment. ESF funding (subject to a successful application for ESF) will be utilised to significantly enhance the scale of the WHP in London. The London boroughs, working together through Sub-Regional Partnerships, will commission and manage these programmes. The four contracts will cover the following areas:

Central London Forward - covering Camden, the City of London, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Southwark, Wandsworth, Westminster and Hackney, Haringey, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham for employment devolution
Local London - covering Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Enfield, Greenwich, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Waltham Forest and Bromley for employment devolution
West London Alliance - covering Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow
South London Partnership - covering Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Richmond upon Thames and Sutton

The Sub-Regional Partnerships have now launched the procurement of their WHP contracts. To find out more information and apply for the opportunities, potential applicants will need to register on the capital e-sourcing portal:
The deadline for submission of Selection Questionnaires is 31st March 2017.

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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 has been extended from the 22nd March to 7th April. 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

Blue Sky

Blue Sky is an award-winning social enterprise working with ex-offenders. It employs over 200 ex-offenders a year providing real work opportunities. They are seeking supply chain or consortia opportunities in London for the Work and Health Programme. Click here for more information.

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Expression of Interest - Stage 2 Work & Health Programme (London).

PeoplePlus are looking to partner with local organisations with the expertise in delivering a personalised programme of support for people with health condition or disabilities, the long-term unemployed and marginalised groups who are disadvantaged in the labour market to help them into sustainable employment. They are looking for partners who share our commitment to delivering high performing services that transform people's lives and provide a positive impact to our local communities in London, areas listed on the full article.

Click here for more information

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Policy and news

ERSA Employability Awards 2017

The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) is now taking submissions for the ERSA Employability Awards. The awards, now in their fifth year, aim to celebrate and champion best practice from across the employment related services sector. For more information and to make a submission, click here. Deadline is 5pm Friday 17th March.

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Improving life for Londoners

In collaboration with Crowdfunder and The Social Innovation Partnership, Trust for London and City Bridge Trust have launched a new £100,000 fund available to organisations using crowdfunding to raise funds and deliver projects which will address inequality and lift people out of poverty in the capital. Improving life for Londoners fund is keen to support charitable work that:
• Provides practical solutions to support people on low incomes
• Addresses local problems in creative ways
• Is led by communities that will benefit from the work
Join them on Thursday 23 March 2017 at 1.00pm for a short Introduction to Crowdfunding webinar. For more details and to sign up here.

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City of London elections

Democracy Club are crowdsourcing details of candidates running for the City of London elections on 23 March here.

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Office for Civil Society & Nesta fund

The Office for Civil Society and we at Nesta, have announced two new grant funds totalling £2million to support early years development and improve the public's money management skills.

A brief outline on each fund is below:

Savers Support Fund - Four to six grants of between £150,000 and £250,000 to scale proven approaches to help people better manage money. Projects must work with families considered to be 'just about managing' and /or young people aged 14-25.

Early Years Social Action Fund - Four to six grants of between £150,000 and £250,000 to help grow the reach and impact of existing volunteer-led initiatives that supports parents of 0-4-year-olds achieve their developmental milestones. Must show evidence of existing impact and focus on supporting families in need of support.

Deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest is midday, Wednesday 29 March.

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Working Families

Working Families has launched its annual search for UK employers who do the most to support parents, carers and flexible workers - the Top Employers for Working Families. There are 13 categories in this year's Special Awards including 'Best Third Sector Employer' and 'Best Small Employer'. Registration is free and entries must be submitted by 3rd April. Find out more about the awards and register for your entry pack today.

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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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Apprenticeship Diversity

A new Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network was launched by skills minister Robert Halfon. It will work towards achieving the government's commitment to increase the proportion of apprenticeship starts by people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds by 20 per cent by 2020. For more information please click here.

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Work Foundation

Social Prescribing - A Pathway to work? from the Work Foundation is an analysis of the current and potential role of social prescription in supporting work opportunities for those, who are either unable or do not have the confidence or motivation to work.

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Resolution Foundation

The Resolution Foundation has published he fifth report for the Intergenerational Commission entitled 'Study, Work, Progress, Repeat? How and why pay and progression outcomes have differed across cohorts', which was launched in the summer of 2016 to explore questions of intergenerational fairness that are currently rising up the agenda and make recommendations for repairing the intergenerational social contract.

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Benefit sanctions

The Public Accounts Committee published its report into the use of benefit sanctions by the DWP. It argues that the Department uses sanctions carefully and protects vulnerable people from unnecessary hardship. There is an unacceptable amount of unexplained variation in the Department's use of sanctions, so claimants are being treated differently depending on where they live.

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Local needs, local voices: building devolution from the ground up, published by NCVO, reveals that very few charities have been involved so far and calls for a halt devolution deals until it can be shown how the voluntary sector has been consulted in developing devolution plans. NCVO is calling for greater transparency in how devolution deals are agreed and said that the government should publish minimum criteria for engaging with the charity sector.

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LVSC events

HR Training

Managing Poor Performance Through Capability
10th March 2017 10:00 - 1:00 200a Pentonville Road, N1 9JP
Register Now

This session is part of our programme of HR training for London for All and will focus on managing employees who are underperforming due to lack of capability.

This workshop will help you;
• Understand the meaning of capability and when it may apply
• Deal with poor performance through capability and give you some options

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Community Development

A Call for Action for Community Development Across London
17th March 2017 9:30 - 4:30, 200a Pentonville Road,N1 9JP
Register Now
This event will consider a regional approach and agenda for raising the profile of Community Development across London

Conference objectives are:

To raise the profile and voice of CD across London
To seek out new conversations and understandings
To reflect and take action in a changing world
To build an independent, critical and influential movement
To network, seek out peer support and learning, challenge and inspire

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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.

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External events

City of London Corporation

The City of London Corporation are holding a Market Engagement event in preparation for the re-tendering of their Youth Services in the City of London:

Friday 10th March 2017 2-5pm at Bassinghall Suite, Guildhall Art Gallery

To confirm attendance please RSVP:

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Central YMCA

YMCA Apprenticeship Reforms Roadshow announced. Central YMCA is holding an Apprenticeship Reform Roadshow in London at One KX London on Thursday 23rd March 1-4pm. These events are aimed at businesses, providers, apprentices and others to help make sense of the opportunities and challenges the apprenticeship reforms will bring. For more information and to register please click here.

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Resources and tools


OSKA Training and Education Module.
Helping you to help young people to live independently through delivery of social & personal life skills that will increase their employability and job sustainment.
Record course schedules
Invite attendees & monitor progress
Add case notes
Update outcomes and use this valuable data used to report to funders and win new contracts

Benefits: Instant access to Accurate data, Operational management reports, Less time on Admin more time with clients
Access: Cloud software delivered to any device with Offline forms for those 'no internet' moments

To find out more about OSKA modules call them on 02033978312.
email or visit

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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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The Learning and Work Institute

Step Up: Year One Learning Report and also their second Step Up Newsletter highlights some recent case studies about supporting low paid workers into better paid work.

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Sutton Centre for the Voluntary Sector

Sutton Centre for the Voluntary Sector (SCVS) is seeking an experienced community accountant to provide financial management support, advice and training to local voluntary organisations; to carry out independent examinations and prepare end of year accounts; and to develop our community accountancy service. Please email for an application pack.
Closing date: 9.00am on Monday 13th March 2017
Interview date: Wednesday 22nd March 2017

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Black Training Enterprise Group

Employer Engagement & Communications Internship with Moving on Up
Salary: London living wage, currently £9.75 p/h
Duration: 28 hours (four days) a week for six months
Click here for an application pack, including a fuller description of the role.
Applications must arrive by 5pm Friday 17 March 2017.
Interviews will be held on 29 March 2017.

Please note: this position is being readvertised. Previous applicants for this post should not apply.

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Employment and Skills Funder Logos- Trust for London & ESF
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