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    LESPN Presentation Steve Kerr 26 June 2012 LESPN Presentation Steve Kerr 26 June 2012 Presentation Transcript

    • London Employment and Skills Policy Network Steve Kerr, Policy Officer
    • About LESPNFunded by Trust for London, run by LVSCCurrently 200+ groups, 500+ people on mailing listEst. Jan 2010, funding secure to Dec 2013Quarterly meetings, monthly ebulletinRepresentation on LEP Skills and Employment WorkingGroup (and before that, London Skills and EmploymentBoard)
    • LESPN ObjectivesTo influence employment and skills policy andprovision to serve disadvantaged communities in LondonTo provide a forum for VCS to share information andgood practice on employment and skills issuesTo raise profile of the work of the London VCS inemployment and skills
    • LESPN key areas of work Influence Influence employment skills provision provision LESPN: LVSC + members Support Evidence frontline impact of VCS orgsVCS delivery Support representative on LEP
    • Influencing employment policy and provisionGather evidence on how major programmes are working:Work Programme, Jobcentre Plus, DWP ESF, GLA andLondon Councils programmes, etc• How are London’s disadvantaged groups served?• What is role of VCS?•How could programmes work better?Report findings, make recommendations to: DWP,Mayor/LEP, primes, funders, VCS orgs
    • Influencing skills policy and provisionSurvey London VCS providers to gather evidence onVCS delivery of skills, working with FE Colleges, anddevelop issues paperSome key issues: impact of policy changes ondisadvantaged learners, management fees andsubcontracting issues, linking up skills and employmentfunding (Apprenticeships etc)Report findings to stakeholders: SFA, colleges, trainingproviders, Mayor/LEP, funders, VCS orgs
    • Evidencing impact of VCS in LondonGoing back to first principles to make the case topolicymakers, commissioners and funders, LEP for theunique value of VCS deliveryCollect and produce case studies demonstrating:• performance of VCS projects against contract• added social value of VCS delivery• how VCS projects address gaps/weaknesses inmainstream provision
    • Support for frontline VCS orgsCurrently, LVSC has very little resource available fordirect capacity building work.LVSC is leading a bid to deliver ESF ‘TechnicalAssistance’ - free capacity building support for VCSemployment and skills orgs (one-to-one surgeries,workshops, partnership support, mentoring etc)LVSC and partners are developing London VCS deliveryconsortium as part of ‘Transforming Local Infrastructure’PEACE: VCS-specific employment law andHR advice
    • Supporting representative on LEPEmma Stewart (Women Like Us) sits on Skills andEmployment Working group of London Enterprise PanelDisseminate information on LEP’s work out to networkLESPN is a conduit to inform Emma’s position withevidence of VCS delivery, making the case for the LEPto focus on addressing disadvantage, provide intelligenceon what’s working well (and not)
    • Challenges for VCSNew commissioning: few VCS groups have the scaleand cash to bid directly for mainstream programmes(large CPAs, outcome-based contracts). Big SFA, DWP,ESF contracts hard to access; LDA, WNF, etc goneSubcontracting: VCS groups negotiating roles in supplychains, requiring new kinds of skills. New problems – ‘bidcandy’, management fees, TUPE, etcDelivery challenges: employer engagement, sustainedemployment outcomes, tight labour market, risk/cashflowPolitical: little appetite for specialist interventionstargeting disadvantaged groups, inequalitiesWhat other challenges are you facing?
    • OpportunitiesSome new local employment initiatives appearing, e.g.Haringey Jobs FundBIG Lottery ‘Talent Match’ announcementChance to shape London’s ESF programme for2014-2020Big political drive to tackle youth unemployment (YouthContract, GLA NEET programme), and increaseApprenticeshipsPartnership working including cross-sectorLocalism, Social Value Act, Big Society Capital/social investment social enterprise
    • steve@lvsc.org.uk