View this email in your browser
Issue 12 | July 2015
People Group
The People Group page contains 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 July's edition of the Heart of the South West (HotSW) Skills Newsletter.

In this edition of the newsletter we have an update on the European Structural and Investment Funds.

We've also included information on Petroc's subcontractor framework and a project for young people in Torridge and North Devon.

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 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 area (HotSW).

In order to be established as opt-in providers for the HotSW, the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), Big Lottery Fund (BIG) and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) are required to submit full ESF applications to the Managing Authority outlining the activity and outcomes that they will support in the HotSW.

Following significant work with local partners, opt-in providers are now at various stages in this application process. Applications will, in due course, be appraised by the Department for Work and Pensions with input from the Heart of the South West ESI Funds Sub-Committee.

Subject to these applications being approved, we envisage that the first ESF funding opportunities through the SFA and BIG opt-ins will be launched this autumn, with funding opportunities through the DWP opt-in coming on stream in early 2016.  

In addition, £1 million of the Heart of the South West’s European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) monies have recently been allocated to rural skills and training.

Further information on planned EAFRD activity and allocations can be found here.

Petroc launches subcontractor framework

Petroc has changed the way it will be working with partners for European Social Fund (ESF), mainstream and other funding opportunities.
All organisations wishing to secure subcontracting agreements for the delivery of education, training and development provision must sign up to the new Petroc Subcontractor Framework (PSF) in August.
In order to be listed on PSF all organisations must successfully complete the stage one Due Diligence Questionnaire (DDQ), regardless of any previous involvement with the College.
Organisations interested in working with Petroc on European Social Fund (ESF) opportunities are advised to complete the DDQ by 14th August 2015 for Skills Funding Agency ESF, and by 31st August for Big Lottery Fund ESF.
Prospective partners must be listed on PSF prior to opportunities becoming available in order to be invited to stage two to tender for specific subcontracting opportunities. 
A Read Me First document providing further details, together with the DDQ are available to download from the procurement page of Petroc’s website

If you have any queries about this process, please email
PEEP students presenting their work at Torridge District Council.

A peep into work for young students across Torridge

Early indicators show that 75% of the 36 students who started on the Pupil and Employer Engagement Project (PEEP) as 11 year olds in year 7 have achieved ‘above expectation’ results in Maths, English and Science SATs tests in Year 9.
In comparison, 33% of pupils in a control group that did not take part in the project achieved the same results. Some 36 pupils from Bideford, Holsworthy and Torrington schools worked with a range of employers over the programme’s three year duration.
The scheme, funded by Torridge District Council through North Devon+ was set up in the wake of the City & Guilds “Ways into Work” report of 2012 which stated that:

“Young people who had contact at least four times with employers, were five times more likely to be in employment, education, or training than their peers who recalled no such contacts.”
PEEP was designed to give young students a ‘peep’ into the world of work. Pupils took part in four employer visits each year where they completed activities and challenges designed to show just how relevant their schoolwork was to their future working lives.

The experience gave both teachers and their pupils insight into local employers operating in some of the key sectors across Torridge.
To mark the end of the successful programme, all the students, now in Year 9 each gave a presentation at a recent Full Council Meeting at Torridge District Council where they described their experiences and achievements.
Participating employers included:
  • RHS Rosemoor – Horticulture/Recreation
  • Saunton Sands Hotel – Hospitality/Tourism
  • Dartington Crystal – Manufacturing/Tourism
  • Hallsannery – Accommodation
  • Babcock Marine – Marine/Engineering
  • Kivells Livestock Auction – Agriculture
  • Asda & Atlantic Village – Retail
  • Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service – Public services.

Skills for Growth training programme: Liberty Pearl Photography

Skills for Growth, the Serco training programme, is continuing to achieve success throughout the area.

Liberty Pearl Photography based in Plymouth, recently undertook training through Serco’s Skills for Growth Project, funded by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF).
Amber McCarthy established her business in 2014. A destination wedding photographer, she travels the world to offer clients her professional photographic services.
Plymouth College of Art, one of Serco’s delivery partners, worked with Liberty Pearl Photography to develop Amber’s technical skills and ensure she was using the image-editing software, Photoshop more effectively.

Through the College’s Beginner Photoshop course Amber was able to create her own marketing materials as well as improve her technical skills, enabling her to market her business and improve her high quality work for clients.

Through the training, Amber successfully achieved two units of the NCFE Level 2 Award in Graphic Design and is hoping to progress on to an advanced level programme in Photoshop with Plymouth College of Art soon.

For more information about the Skills For Growth project visit

Copyright © 2015 Heart of the South West LEP People Group, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp