SFA Greater Lincolnshire Moving Back Into Employment: Skills Support to the Unemployed
Greater Lincolnshire Moving Back Into Employment: Skills Support to the Unemployed
Specific Service Requirements
The aim of the Service is to provide bespoke support and training for the unemployed and those economically inactive and seeking a return to the labour market but facing skills related barriers to entering the labour market across the Greater Lincolnshire LEP area. The Service will deliver the vocationally related skills needed by local employers.
There must be an initial assessment to diagnose the existing skills and identify skills gaps of participants in relation to employer requirements and/or opportunities for self-employment. An individual learning plan must then be devised.
The Service must provide meaningful and appropriate information advice and guidance including an overview of the local labour market that will support individuals to secure suitable progression into a successful outcome and which raises interest in careers in the LEP’s priority sectors.
The Service must provide individual and continuous mentor/key worker support for each participant.
The Service must provide participants with advice on vacancies, job search, CV writing and interview techniques and assistance with registration, searching and applications for apprenticeship vacancies on www.apprenticeships.org.uk as well as independent study and career skills.
The Service must be provided flexibly to support individual employability and social mobility including roll on, roll off, year round responsive delivery which accommodates current benefit restrictions/rules where participants are also claimants. The Service must be designed to help move people into sustainable work, Apprenticeships, traineeships, self-employment or volunteering.
The Service must support the development of innovative approaches to pre-employment training including pre-employment support and training, including team working, coaching and mentoring, confidence building and employability training. The Service will support activity that promotes vocational pathways, internships, work experience, volunteering which are supported by one to one mentoring. The Service should also provide self-employment support that reflects the needs of the employees being supported.
The Service will support individuals to address personal and social barriers to employment for example through the purchase of tools, travel costs, childcare and the requirement to have
PPE equipment. It will be expected that any licence costs associated with training will be reimbursed e.g. CSCS card, SIA Licence. These costs will be integrated into the unit cost per individual.
The Service must support sustained engagement, transition and progression through creation of individual support packages, appropriate to the particular needs of the individual. Participants will receive regular progress reviews, will receive an exit interview and the Service will track the individual after leaving the programme.
Where participants gain positive outcomes the Service will provide continuous support that will include regular communication, interventions, coaching and mentoring support for the participant up to the 3rd month in employment. Where participants’ progress into a positive outcome generated via working with employers, the Service will provide on-going tailored induction training as required by the employer to the participants once in employment.
For any participant who did not gain a positive outcome from the activity the Service will provide ongoing support/job matching until a successful outcome has been achieved up to 4 weeks post completion of activity end date.
The Service must provide mentoring support to employers to assist them in supporting their new employees.
The Service must develop and provide skills support to reduce worklessness amongst the hardest to reach communities by providing support to local communities to deliver local training solutions to engage disadvantaged learners, Innovative provision that engages people and enables them to enter education and/or employment. The Service must offer functional skills training, including literacy and ICT, promoting digital competence within the labour market; ESOL provision learning programmes for learners with special educational needs and support independence skills for those with learning difficulties
The Service must investigate existing demand for ESOL provision across the LEP area and explore where the Service might be able to augment provision available to the target group and promote participation. The Service must then offer provision that will be responsive to local demands and business needs including a package of support that will equip participants to develop the skills and workplace experience required by employers.
The target groups for the Service include but are not exclusive to:
• JSA customers, especially those who are persistent returners, households with multi-generational worklessness
• Those receiving ESA and disability related benefits
• Moderate/mild mental health condition (including substance and alcohol addiction) –self declared by participants.
• Victims of domestic violence/abuse
• Long term benefit dependents
• Lone parents and families
• People with caring responsibilities
• Ethnic minorities
• Ex-offenders – who need support in addition to anything already being received
• Unemployed older workers aged over 50
• Care leavers
• Unpaid carers
• Young unemployed/workless aged 18-24
• Returners to the Labour Market
All the Greater Lincolnshire LEP specifications for the delivery of the ESF must add value to each other. Where Service are delivered by different organisations, they should come together to understand each other’s service to add value to, and ensure no duplication. A LEP nominated representative should be invited to these meetings.
There are a number of programmes that will refer into the Service. These might include other local ESF projects and the Big Lottery funded Talent Match.
The LEP will also be developing an enhanced labour market information resource, with input from local employers and any relevant information gathered by the Service being purchased here will be shared.
The LEP and its partners have a wealth of knowledge and experience relating to the kinds of activity that has worked well in the area in the past. All successful candidates will be expected to meet with LEP nominated representative(s) before delivery commences and at regular intervals during delivery.
Currently £2,260,000 will be available for the period from September 2016 to March 2018. This may be increased if additional funding becomes available.