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Issue 10 | April 2015

People Group - The latest minutes from the People Group meeting have now been uploaded to the HotSW LEP website.

The People Group page also contains other information about the group, including terms of reference, previous meeting minutes and research reports. Please visit regularly to keep up to date.

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 April edition of the Heart of the South West (HotSW) Skills Newsletter.

This newsletter includes a further update on ESIF including information on how to apply for funding.

We have also included information about the Personal Mentor Network launched last month and details on the Somerset Skills Survey.

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.

European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) Update

In March, a number of funding calls were published by the Department of Communities and Local Government, marking the opening of the programme in the Heart of the South West.

Applicants are being invited to apply for funding to invest in projects that will help support innovation and boost business growth. This is the part of the first round of European development funding calls nationally which are worth more than £2.6billion over six years.

The main priorities in the Heart of the South West for this round of the programme are:
  • research and innovation
  • supporting and promoting small to medium sized enterprises
  • low carbon
  • information and communications technology.
Outline applications should be submitted online via LOGASnet - a forms engine used by DCLG. Please note that to access LOGASnet applicants will need to register on the system and to obtain a user ID and password, allowing sufficient time for this.

The full press release is on the HotSW LEP website here. Regular updates on the Heart of the South West Structural Investment Fund can be found here and the funding calls can be found here.

Access to Employment: project call in the Heart of the South West

The government is calling for proposals to run a project providing providing access to employment in Plymouth, Torbay, Somerset and Devon.

The personal case worker mentoring programme will:
  • provide intensive help for 18-24 year olds referred by Jobcentre Plus (for those who have been unemployed in receipt of JSA for 12 weeks or more);
  • target those areas across the Heart of the South West where youth unemployment rates are highest;
  • achieve the aim of enabling young people to gain employment and remain in work for 26 weeks or more;
  • provide linkages to other agencies which address wider social and other issues where appropriate. 
The closing date for proposals is 22nd May 2015.
To find out more and to apply please visit the Access to Employment page on the website.

Somerset Skills Survey

A report identifying the skills gaps and needs of employers in Somerset has been published.

The Somerset Skills Survey 2014, commissioned by Somerset Employment and Skills Group, was completed by 356 businesses across the county.  

88% of respondents were from micro or small businesses. Wholesale and retail topped this chart, followed by business services and manufacturing.

The report identifies skills gaps and training needs as reported by Somerset businesses. In this instance, 42% of respondents cited their most common skills gap as technical, practical or job specific.

The Somerset Employment and Skills Group, and its key partners, will use the findings from the survey to inform and influence employment and skills priorities in the county and will share the data with colleges, schools, local agencies, training providers and other interested parties.
Please click here to read the full report.
(l-r): Jacki Williams, DWP; Jonathan Nichols, St Loye’s Foundation; Patrick Hartop, Head of City Deal PCC; Mel Morgan, Claro Support; Stephen Edwards, PLUSS; Cllr Tudor Evans, Leader PCC; Trudy Glasson, Tomorrow’s People; John McLeavy DCH; Jade Reed, City College Plymouth; David Dodds, Principal, Petroc.

Personal Mentor Network

A ground breaking Personal Mentor Network for young people in key locations across the peninsula is progressing well.
Created and developed through the Plymouth and South West Peninsula City Deal, the scheme takes a unique approach to supporting young people who are finding it extremely difficult to get into work.
Mentors from 10 organisations across the South West work with young people aged 18-24 to give them the support they need to help them get into employment. 
Referred by Jobcentre Plus work coaches, young people can get support and advice that will be tailored to their particular needs and support will continue to help them stay in work once they have secured employment.
Working in key locations, mentors will come from Campbell Page Ltd, City College Plymouth, Claro Support, DCH, I Can Do That!, Pluss, St Loye’s Foundation, Targeted Youth Support, Tomorrow People’s Trust and Young Devon. Managed by Petroc, the scheme will operate in Bideford, Exeter, Bridgwater and Frome, Liskeard, Plymouth, Tiverton and Torbay.
After early pilots that began in February, 22 young people have already been referred to the programme and are being matched with mentors.
For more information on the Plymouth and South West Peninsula City Deal, visit 

Traineeships – help unlock the potential of young people 

A traineeship is a programme designed to unlock the potential of young people - preparing them for their future careers and helping them become ‘work ready’.
Traineeships give young people aged 16 to 24 the essential work preparation training, maths and English skills and work experience needed to get an apprenticeship or other job.
Traineeships are delivered by training organisations and funded by the government, with employers providing a valuable work experience placement and interview as part of the programme.
Developed in response to business needs, traineeships give employers an opportunity to help build a pool of high-quality future recruits for their sector.
In the first year of the programme more than 10,000 young people started a traineeship with employers. An initial evaluation into the programme found that 50% of trainees progressed into an apprenticeship or other employment, whilst 17% went on to further learning.
For more information visit the traineeship website or call 08000 150 600.

SkillBuild at South Devon College

South Devon College hosted the national SkillBuild South West regional heat on Tuesday 14th April.
SkillBuild is a national competition, run by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) with the endorsement of WorldSkills and looks for the best in regional talent from the construction industry.
The competition is organised and supported every year by the (CITB), the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction industry every year.
Over 100 young construction trainees from colleges across the South West attended South Devon College to battle it out in their chosen trade.
South Devon College's regional heat is one of 13 taking place across the UK from which the top competitors will be put forward for the national final, which usually takes places during the Skills Show at Birmingham’s NEC in November.
Success at the SkillBuild regional heats will give entrants the opportunity to challenge for a place on the WorldSkills UK team and progress to compete at the 2015 WorldSkills competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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