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Issue 11 | June 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 June's edition of the Heart of the South West (HotSW) Skills Newsletter.

In this edition of the newsletter we provide you with update on some of our key work areas, including European funding and some of our special projects.

There is also news on the City Deal Challenge Fund, the Rugby Empowering Employment Programme and the Tycoon in Schools competition.

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.

Funding update

The LEP People Group is continuing to work with partners to influence and advise on the development of activities to be commissioned with the Heart of the South West’s allocation of European funding.

The three opt-in partners (The Skills Funding Agency – SFA, the Big Lottery Fund – BIG, and the Department of Work & Pensions - DWP) are at various stages in the process of submitting  full applications for European Social Fund (ESF).

These will then be appraised by the Department of Work and Pensions with input from the Heart of the South West ESI Fund Sub-Committee.

Over the summer we will be working with the opt-in providers on developing specifications for the first projects and programmes that will be commissioned this autumn. We expect this will include the following:

Skills Funding Agency
•    Upskilling the Workforce
•    Apprenticeships

•    Support for Young People
•    Support for those Furthest from the Labour Market

We currently expect to launch a call with DWP in early 2016.

Other projects

The LEP People group is also working on a range of other projects and submitting proposals for a variety of national initiatives.

Once we know the outcome of these more information will be provided through this newsletter, but current projects include:
  • Developing a proposal to the newly formed Careers and Enterprise Company to develop the Enterprise Advisor model (recommended through the Lord Young report) across the Heart of the South West area.
  • Working on the action plan that has been produced as a result of our work with the CITB to assess the levels of employment and skills demand and supply for the construction sector in our area.
  • Working with NIACE and Find a Future to support a bid for technical assistance to provide 'have a go' type opportunities for our young people, and to consider having local and regional heats of skills show competitions.

Challenging schools and employers to develop young skills across the peninsula

Employers across the peninsula are encouraging young people to take up careers in the marine and manufacturing sectors through a new initiative launched by the Plymouth and South West Peninsula City Deal.
The £250,000 Maritime and Manufacturers Challenge Fund will operate across Devon and Cornwall to showcase the rewarding opportunities and challenge some of the assumptions stopping young people from entering careers in these sectors.
The skills gap is one of the biggest hurdles facing UK employers and it is no different in the south west. The manufacturing, marine and engineering sectors in particular are keen to talk directly to young people themselves.
Five organisations will be working with schools and employers across the peninsula to challenge these assumptions head on. These include Cornwall Manufacturers Group, Cornwall Marine Network, North Devon +, Plymouth Manufacturers’ Group and the Torbay Development Agency.
Funded through the City Deal, the Marine and Manufacturers Challenge Fund forms part of the Youth Deal – a series of programmes aimed at supporting young people into work and developing their careers.
For more information on the Plymouth and South West Peninsula City Deal, visit

Rugby Empowering Employment Programme

Mentoring young people is often a rewarding challenge requiring constant commitment. The Rugby Empowering Employment Programme (REEP) uses the sporting values of preparation, skill and collaboration to help 16-24 year olds to take their first steps onto the career ladder.

Thirteen young people are currently taking part in an intensive 10 day programme with on-going mentoring from trained volunteers.
Although partially funded by Exeter’s RWC 2015 Legacy Funding, REEP will support young people struggling with work-readiness, regardless of their interest in sport or rugby.
The volunteer mentors come from a variety of local businesses including Active Devon, Archant Publishers, Astley Media, Devon Community Foundation, Exeter City Council, Exeter College, the Met Office, Midas, Motiv-8SW and incllude a former Royal Marine and a retired teacher.
REEP is always looking for businesses that would like to be involved – the skills learnt by the volunteer mentors are valuable in any business.

Soon to become the Business Empowering Employment Programme, find out more here or contact Sandra Sampson of Motiv-8SW on 0844 848 9594 or Oenone Thomas of Exeter and Heart of Devon Employment and Skills Board on 01392 265344.

Tycoon in Schools

The Tycoon in Schools 2015 has been launched.

Tycoon in Schools is a national enterprise competition launched by star of Dragons’ Den, Peter Jones CBE.

Established in 2012 and run by the Peter Jones Foundation, the challenge sees schoolchildren from across the country submitting business plans and then using a loan of up to £1,000 to put their ideas into practice.

After a set trading period, during which the students raise as much profit as possible, a judging panel picks a winning team to receive some valuable investment.

In each of the previous years, a final ceremony has been held at Buckingham Palace, with a selection of the competit ion’s most impressive teams in attendance.

To sign up for the competition and to find out more, visit the Tycoon in Schools website.

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