Hertfordshire Training & Development Consortium Welcome to: EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS – MAKING IT WORK Wednesday 17th July 2013 Aims of Today • To share the experience/outcomes of recent employability skills improvement programmes • To demonstrate the benefits of partnership working and promote networking • To provide ideas for further improvement programmes for providers LSIS – East of England Programmes Mark Barnsley Regional Development Manager Employability Skills Improvement Programmes Sarah Elliott Development Worker Hertfordshire Training & Development Consortium Agenda • HTDC – Introduction • HESPIP – Hertfordshire Employability Skills Provider Improvement Programme • Empower – Regional programme with Learn EAST • Workshops for Children’s Centre Managers • Sustaining voluntary sector provision HTDC - Introduction • Conceived Autumn 2007; Launched Autumn 2008 • Over 300 Full and Associate Member Organisations • 2 principal aims: – To bring together VCS Training Providers – To promote and facilitate VCS Workforce Development • Lead body - Hertfordshire Community Foundation HESPIP • Funded by LSIS • Led by HAFLS – Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service • Worked with 6 providers in Hertfordshire: – – – – – – ASCEND Dacorum Communities for Learning (DCFL) Groundwork Hertfordshire Herts Mind Network Herts Trade Union Learning Centre Safer Places HESPIP – Programme Outline Self Assessment Provider Questionnaires Lesson Observations 1. Differentiation Workshops 2. Best Practice Sharing 3. Partnerships Action Planning Regional Dissemination Best Practice Sharing • • • • • • Based on end to end process from learner perspective Developed a blank template in Excel Master sheet and tabs for each provider Participants’ laptops connected with facilitator’s File shared across the “mini network” Initial discussion of each section followed by completion by participants • Able to save, view and further discuss each response • Overall analysis available to share more widely • Enjoyed by participants: – “The technology used allowed for everyone to participate and share ideas” Building Partnerships • Jobcentre Plus • Other Funded Training and Advice e.g. – SFA Support for the Unemployed ; www.tchc.net – National Careers Service ; – Self Employment/Business start-up – New Enterprise Allowance • Wenta (Herts and Beds) • Ixion (East Anglia and Essex); [email protected] • Job and Enterprise Clubs • Work Experience • Volunteering – local Volunteer Centres – www.do-it.org.uk • Links with Employers Empower Programme • Funded by LSIS • Led by the Learning Partnership Bedfordshire and Luton • Programme of Capacity-Building workshops • Delivered via Learn EAST • HTDC delivered Building Partnerships session Employability “Checkerboard” Pre-/ Planning Gaps to fill With partners or external providers On our own Understand Local Need Recruit Learners Core Delivery Skills Training Personal Skills Job Search Follow-on activities Business Start-up Volunteering Work Experience IAG Monitoring Job Club Tracking/ Progression In Work Support Employability Programmes – The Process • End to end • Client not provision focussed • Sequence and timing may vary by client group/provider • Recognises that it’s fine not to do everything yourself Key Steps in Process Understand Local Need Local Community (unemployment %, skills, existing provision); Employers (vacancies, skills needs) Recruit Learners Marketing, Referrals Skills Training e.g. IT, Vocational skills Personal Skills e.g. Confidence-building, Communications, Teamworking Job Search e.g. using the internet, online tools, cvs/ application forms, interview skills Business start-up Inc self employment, business planning Volunteering/Work Experience Linking with the right employers/roles Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) National Careers Service Job (or Work) Clubs Maintaining activity, motivation, contact Tracking/Progression Keeping in touch, Project evaluation, payment by results (PBR) In work support Sustaining work, PBR How do you approach each step? • On your own – your facilities, staff/tutors • In partnership – working collaboratively with other organisations • Use external providers – bring them into your premises or refer clients out • Or is there currently a gap? – you haven’t yet identified how to tackle Workshops for Children’s Centre Managers “Working Together Better – To Help Parents into Employment” HTDC and HCC Childhood Support Services • Commissioning small projects designed to reduce Child Poverty in Hertfordshire • HTDC involved in a range of initiatives around developing Employability Skills provision • Welfare Reform changes mean more lone parents need to seek employment – Unable to claim income support once child is 5 • Identified the potential to develop the capacity of Children’s Centres to support parents into work The Workshops: WORKING TOGETHER BETTER to help parents into employment • Choice of 2 dates and venues in Watford and Stevenage • For Children’s Centre Managers, Family Support Workers, Providers of Careers Advice, Employability Skills and Housing • The workshops aim to help Children’s Centres to: – Improve understanding of current Welfare to Work programmes – Identify the role of Children’s Centres – Develop links with providers of employability skills and housing – Establish best practice in engaging/supporting unemployed parents Key messages • Children’s Centres are well placed, but you can’t do it on your own • Partnerships are key to developing provision: – – – – Bring in expertise Utilise existing funded programmes Partner with each other in local areas Communicate to share best practice/learning • Via findings from table discussions - developed Top Tips for Engaging with Parents Sustaining Voluntary Sector Provision • Sources of funding – a continuing challenge – ESF Community Grants – Adult & Community Learning – Other/various • Future ESF Programmes 2014-2020 – Need to engage with your Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) • DWP Work Programme – A missed opportunity to help the long term unemployed – Limited VCS participation Key areas for development • Accreditation of training • Links with employers • Tracking outcomes • In work support Sarah Elliott Development Worker Hertfordshire Training & Development Consortium 01707 251351 [email protected] www.htdc.org.uk HTDC is a project led by Hertfordshire Community Foundation, registered charity number 299438.