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Issue 1 | July 2014

About the Skills Newsletter
Produced by the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership's People Group, this monthly newsletter aims to keep people informed of current news and activity.

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnershp is a strong and dynamic partnership between the private sector, local authorities, universities and further education across Devon, Plymouth, Somerset, and Torbay with the purpose of leading and influence economic growth, job creation and prosperity across the Heart of the South West.

Skills in the Heart of the South West

Welcome to the first Heart of the South West (HotSW) Skills Newsletter. 

This monthly electronic newsletter will cover funding, projects and developments. 

It aims to update partners and employers on what the HotSW Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is working on in relation to Employment, Skills and Social Inclusion – its ‘People’ theme of activities.

The People Group has been tasked with facilitating the progress of employment, skills and social inclusion related activities in the Strategic Economic Plan and the EU Structural Investment Framework.

In this edition of the newsletter, you can find out more about the People Group and how we work.  We have also included information on the ‘Local Response Fund’, which the LEP accesses through the Skills Funding Agency and ESF funding.

Please contact us if you'd like anything to be included in future editions of the newsletter.

Rachel Davies
Chair, HotSW LEP People Group, LEP Board member and Principal, Somerset College.

The LEP ‘People Group’

The Strategic Economic Plan for the Heart of the South West is structured along three themes:
  1. Place, which looks at transport and homes as well as digital and mobile infrastructure
  2. Business, which targets opportunities to improve the productivity of our businesses
  3. People, which focuses on skills and education.
To support the ongoing development of the people theme, the LEP has established a dedicated group.  The 'People' group has been tasked with monitoring the progress of skills related activities in the Strategic Economic Plan and the EU Structural Investment Framework.

To ensure the people elements of the plan are delivered effectively, the group will work closely with stakeholders on issues around employment, skills and social inclusion.

For more information on the people group, including a list of its members, please visit the LEP website.

Local Response Fund

Building a dynamic workforce is crucial if we are to succeed in our plans for transformational economic growth in the Heart of the South West.

To this end, we are working hard to access all available sources of finance to help the people of our area improve their workplace skills and increase their employability.  

Last year, our five Employment and Skills Boards (ESBs) and Devon County Council succeeded in a collaborative bid for European Social Fund money for skills-based projects worth a total of £377,000.

The aim of this Local Response Fund is to address LEP skills priorities and is ring fenced for projects that answer identified skills needs across the area.

The LEP is currently working on delivering a number of projects that have been identified with the support of the Employment and Skills Boards across the area.

More information on the projects and funding available will be in the next edition of our newsletter.

A Deal for Young People

The Plymouth and Peninsula City Deal, which was signed by Government earlier this year, promises a Youth Deal as part of the activity.

This will provide tailored interventions to get young people into work.

By 2016, we will have worked with around 2,000 young people in Devon and Cornwall and plan to have helped approximately 720 of them back into sustainable employment. 

For more information on the Deal for Young People, visit the Plymouth City Council website.

Funding for Skills Development

'Skills for Growth' aims to develop the skills of employees within small and medium sized businesses in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.

Co-funded by the Skills Funding Agency and ESF, Skills for Growth projects can support employers and employees with a range of support including:
  • identifying workforce training needs to help businesses grow
  • a flexible package of qualifications and training solutions to support businesses
  • a wide choice of training and qualifications
  • workplace training
  • advice and guidance to support continuing development

To find out more, please visit the Skills For Growth website.
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