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Issue 14 | September 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.

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

This month we take an educational theme, just in time for the start of the school year! There is information on the National Careers Service's Inspiration Agenda as well as a notification about a recent Government initiative to review post-16 education and training. 

The latest update on European Structural and Investment Funds is included in this month's edition. Our final feature this month encourages all business owners to take part in the LEP's Social Enterprise Survey. 

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 next month, 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 before the end of 2015; 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 which can be found on their 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.

It is anticipated than a call under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) will be launched at the end of September, focusing on rural tourism assets and infrastructure.

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.
 

Area-Based Reviews: Reviewing Post-16 Education and Training Institutions
 

The Government is facilitating a restructuring of further education through a series of area-based reviews. The first wave of reviews has now commenced and while further timings remain to be finalised, the full report should be completed by March 2017.

These reviews may present implications for the HotSW LEP area over the future of education and skills. However, opportunities such as potential new Institutes of Technology and further devolution of education policy may present themselves as a result of the review taking place.

Local authorities, employers and the HotSW LEP are encouraged to contribute to the process to ensure a full, inclusive and effective review of schools, higher education and training providers.

I look forward to an initial discussion of the government policy initiative at the HotSW LEP People Leadership Group meeting on Thursday, September 24th 2015.

Stephen Criddle
Chair
HotSW LEP People Group  
                                              
For more information about the reviews of post-16 education and training, have a look at the recently published documents on GOV.UK. 
 

Inspiring Young People 


The Inspiration Agenda is a Government initiative available through the National Careers Service that seeks to broker relationships between employers and educational institutions. The aim is to provide young people with advice from employers about careers and to excite them about their future prospects.
The Inspiration Team can enhance careers education through activities such as:
  • Inspiring Talks
  • Employer presence at careers fairs
  • Visits to workplaces
  • Advice on Apprenticeships or other qualifications


Young people will gain a better understanding of today’s job market, from those actually part of it. They will also be able to find out more about careers they had perhaps not previously considered through engagement with employers.

Schools and Colleges can also benefit from the Inspiration Agenda as it keeps them engaged with local employers and connected to the economic needs of the community.

If you are involved with Schools or Colleges that are struggling to motivate students, or just know young people that need inspiration, then you can help. Similarly if you know of employers that have exciting career opportunities in your local area, or even businesses struggling to recruit, then please contact us.

South West Inspiration Agenda contacts:
Jo Skeel (Devon & Somerset)

 

Sizing up the Sector: LEP Social Enterprise Survey


Social enterprises, voluntary and charitable organizations play a unique role in the South West’s economy, but statistics to show this are lacking. Therefore, the Heart of the SW LEP is undertaking a survey in order to promote and support the sector more in the future. All businesses in the South West are encouraged to take part in this survey.

Please follow this link to take part: Social Enterprise Survey

The survey is live until September 30th and once completed, an online directory will be created of all organizations in the social economy along with aggregate findings from the survey.

This work is important to the future of the social economy in the South West: for more information, please contact the administrator of the survey, Steven Donbavand


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