LVSC Employment and Skills Bulletin May 2017

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May 2017

Dear Colleague,

Here is the May 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. Also please book a place for the next LVSC Employment and Skills Network meeting on Tuesday 30th May 2-5pm, taking place at Clarion Housing Group, 2 Pancras Rd, Kings Cross, London, N1C 4AG, as part of VCS Assist 2.0 programme. The joint event will provide an opportunity for network members to learn more about "Love London Working", including how they can work with and support the 15 housing providers to help them engage 21,000 unemployed and economically inactive residents and help 6,300 people into work.

Finally there has been important announcements concerning the calling of the snap General Election on 8th June, where NCVO has produced campaigning guidance for charities. We also saw the launch of Skills for Londoners by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

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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Other funding opportunities

Hyde Foundation

Hyde Foundation, in partnership with UnLtd and with support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, have announced a new £50,000 fund to improve the health and wellbeing of older people. They are seeking social entrepreneurs with sustainable ideas to help older people to live positive, independent lives. Awards will be available for individuals looking to set up social enterprises alongside a package of practical support. The deadline for submissions to the first round is 12th May 2017. For eligibility and full details, you can access guidance notes and apply here.

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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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Citizenship and Integration Intiative

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan launched the Citizenship and Integration Initiative, a match-funded partnership between City Hall, Trust for London and Unbound Philanthropy, hoping to raise and distributing £1m from independent funders by 2020 to support a new integration programme, with support from charities working in the area.

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Policy and news

Skills for Londoners

Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched Skills for Londoners, to make sure all Londoners have the opportunity to train in the skills that the capital economy needs.

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The Institute for Public Policy Research 'The future of childcare in London report' argues the case for a comprehensive new deal for childcare in London - one in which the city would take direct control of its childcare market to ensure it meets the needs of children, parents, and the economy.

They have also published 'The inbetweeners: The new role of internships in the graduate labour market' where it recommends policies to prevent internships becoming a barrier - rather than an aid - to social mobility.

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Gingerbread published a new briefing, 'On the rise? Single parent sanctions in numbers'. The report is the first from a project looking at how benefit sanctions affect single parent families. You can read the press release, executive summary and full report online to find out more.

ESFA statement

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) published a statement on the procurement for apprenticeship training in smaller employers.

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Disability Rights UK

Disability Rights UK has published 'Into Apprenticeships' which is a guide for disabled people, parents and key advisers about applying for apprenticeships in England. It deals with common questions such as how to find an apprenticeship, whether the training will be accessible and what support is available in the workplace.

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission published 'Disability report: Being disabled in Britain' that calls upon the UK and devolved governments to take concerted action so that the rights of disabled people are fully realised and to deliver improvements in disabled people's experience and outcomes. This includes reducing educational attainment and employment gaps for disabled people.

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National Council for Voluntary Organisations has produced guidance on what charities should be doing now that a snap UK general election has been called for Thursday 8th June. In addition they have published specific advice on how charities should campaign during the general election.

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Young people's voice

More than 50 youth leaders have signed an open letter to the main UK political parties urging them to make firm commitments to young people. The letter, which is signed by 51 leading figures within young people's organisations, states that firm pledges for young people are necessary in manifestos as the younger generation will be most affected by the outcome of Britain's withdrawal from the European Union.

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London Citizen Journalism Competition

London Voices: A Citizen Journalism Competition for London. London Learning Consortium and The Media Society have joined forces to run a London Citizen Journalism Competition in 2017 to support aspiring citizen journalists. If you've ever wanted to give this a go, now is the opportunity!

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LVSC events

Joint LVSC Clarion Housing event on supporting Love London Working

There will be an LVSC Employment and Skills Network meeting on Tuesday 30th May 2-5pm, taking place at Clarion Housing Group, 2 Pancras Rd, Kings Cross, London, N1C 4AG, as part of VCS Assist 2.0 programme. The joint event 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. In particular supporting those with health conditions, ex-offenders, and people parenting alone.

For further details, please download a copy of the agenda, as well as importantly booking a place.

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External events


Black Training and Enterprise Group are delivering an interview training course is aimed at London-based young people, aged between 18-30 on Friday 12 May 10:00 - 16:00 at Voluntary Action Islington. It will equip young people with the knowledge and techniques to effectively tackle the interview process, and to leave a positive impression with your prospective employer by reinforcing your strength, experience and appropriateness for the job in question. For more information and to book go here.

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Employment Related Services Association has moved their Employability Day to Friday 14th July. For information on the event, including the toolkit materials, please visit their website.

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Resources and tools

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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