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Issue 13 | August 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 August edition of the Heart of the South West (HotSW) Skills Newsletter.

This month we have an update on expected funding opportunities available through European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds.

There is also information on a successful programme funded through the Rugby World Cup Legacy and notification on the latest innovative way to find work in South Devon.

Please contact us if there is any news you’d like us to include in future issues of the Skills Newsletter.

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

European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds

The LEP People Group is continuing to work with partners to influence European Social Fund (ESF) arrangements and activities in the Heart of the South West (HotSW).

We envisage that the first ESF funding opportunities through the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) opt-in will be launched in the HotSW this October, including calls for applications in relation to:
  • Support, across the HotSW, for young people aged 15-18 years who are not in employment, education or training;
  • Employment support for 18 year olds plus in Somerset;
  • Employment support for 18-24 year olds in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay; and
  • Employment support for 24 year olds plus in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay. 
Funding opportunities through the Skills Funding Agency are also expected to go live in 2015, with early procurement likely to focus on workforce skills; and funding opportunities through the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) opt-in for employment pathways are expected to come on stream in 2016.

If you are interested in applying for the BIG Lottery opportunities, South West Forum have put together a database of interested organisations in order to facilitate partnership working, this can be found on the South West Forum website.

Outside of ESF, four European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) calls for the Heart of the South West (HotSW) were launched at the end of July relating to: supporting SMEs to develop ideas and products; the HotSW Growth Hub; small business support; and the Hinkley Supply Chain.

Details of all open ESI Funds calls can be found on the GOV.UK's ESIF page. There are also regular updates from HotSW LEP team.
Ed receiving his certificate from Dr Phil Norrey of Archant

REEP Makes Noise with Successful Mentoring Programme

The Rugby Empowering Employment Programme (REEP) continues to make a positive difference to the lives of 16-24 year olds.

We’ve all been there; getting on the career ladder for the first time is a daunting experience.

For some young people in particular, this can end up knocking their confidence just when they need to believe in themselves the most.

The REEP shares the experience of mentors with employment and skills backgrounds from companies such as Archant Publishers, Exeter City Council and the MET Office to provide those who need help with vital confidence, transferable skills and knowledge that could make the difference in the long-run.

These mentors aim to implement the conviction that 'every individual matters' in the weeks and months following an intensive 10-day programme.

As the Rugby World Cup Legacy funding soon comes to an end, REEP will become BEEP (Business Empowering Employment Programme) and will be launched in October this year.

To benefit from or get involved with BEEP please contact Sandra Sampson of Motiv-8SW on 0844 848 9594.

Another training programme linked to the Rugby World Cup, for hospitality and tourism, was also highly successful. For more information, please visit the Exeter and Heart of Devon Employment and Skills Board.

TDA launches a new, affordable job advertising platform

South Devon Jobs is the first local jobs board for Torbay and South Devon, offering an inexpensive way to promote job vacancies in the area.

Advertising a job can be expensive and time consuming. Our easy to use and affordable self-service portal solves these problems. Simply register, enter your job details, pay online and your listing will appear straight away.

Current special offers mean you can start posting jobs with us from just £50. Full details on all packages are available on our website.

South Devon Jobs is linked to tSpace, an online platform offering information on skills and employment for residents and businesses. 

If you’d like to know more about advertising your jobs with South Devon Jobs please call 01803 208378, email or visit our South Devon Jobs and Torbay Space websites.

LEP People Group- research reports

The research page in the LEP People Group has recently been updated and includes reports that give a wider picture of our skills agenda. The information may be of use or simply of interest to a number of our readers.

The reports can be accessed here.

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