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Issue 10 | May 2015

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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 Partnership 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 influencing economic growth, job creation and prosperity across the Heart of the South West.
Welcome to the May edition of the Heart of the South West (HotSW) Skills Newsletter.

This newsletter includes an update about City Deal's skills related projects and information about the forthcoming Manufacturer's Challenge.

We have also included information about the Skills Funding Agency register and a new app launched by tSpace.

Please contact us if you have any news you would like us to include in future editions of the newsletter.

Stephen Criddle, Chair of the HotSW LEP People Group, LEP Board member, Principal and CEO of South Devon College.

City Deal update

The Plymouth and South West Peninsula City Deal continues to go from strength to strength. All three programmes within the Youth Deal are now up and running.

The Personal Mentor Network is supporting hard-to-reach young people aged between 18-24 with the skills and guidance they need to secure interviews and get into work. If needed mentors can continue working with their clients to help them make the adjustments needed to stay in work, helping them understand what employers expect from them and providing budgeting advice.
The in-work support programme, Dream it. Live it is working with young people to support their career development. Career coaches put together action plans, advise on self-employment and training, while workshops include using social media to improve networking skills and events provide opportunities to network and build confidence.
Finally, the Manufacturer’s Challenge is set to get off the ground across Devon and Cornwall. Manufacturer’s groups, working with schools and employers will be putting together teacher placements, student workshops and school events to build relationships and promote careers in marine and manufacturing.

Skills Funding Agency register

The Skills Funding Agency’s register is due to be refreshed in May, this time with a wider scope of organisations who can apply.

The SFA register is a list of all organisations intending to deliver education and vocational skills training services throughout the country.

To be eligible to receive funding from the SFA, providers must be entered on the register.

Entry on the register does not automatically entitle a provider to funding, but it means that they will be eligible to be invited to compete for future funding opportunities.

The list of all those who are currently on the register is here. The page for guidance on how to apply is here. It is anticipated that the process will begin later this month.

tSpace app set for launch

The Torbay Development Agency (TDA) is due to launch a new app for tSpace this month, intended as an extension of the tspace website.

Developed by tSpace, in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, tSpace is an online information hub (Torbay Skills Platform for Advice on Careers and Employment), designed for young people in Torbay.

The main purpose and overarching aim of tSpace is to support young people who are currently unemployed, those looking for work, those in work, and those wanting to progress in work.

The app is aimed at students who are thinking about their career and features top tips on topics like interviews, CVs and application forms. It also features a careers quiz, a space to save notes and goals and information on where they can find jobs.

Designed in collaboration with students from Torbay schools, the app was created to get young people thinking about careers.

For more information people can visit

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