November 2017

Dear Colleague,

Here is the November 2017 edition of the Employment and Skills Bulletin, that contains updates on the Mayor of London consultations on his draft Skills Strategy for London and the London Plan, the list of measures announced in the Budget, and numerous training and resource opportunities. 

I do hope you find the ebulletin of use, and if there is anything you want me to include for future editions, then please get in touch!

All the best

Jonathan Slater

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ESF update

East and South East London WHP provider announced

MAXIMUS has been selected to deliver the Local London Work and Health Programme in East and South East London from March 2018. They will provide personalised, integrated employment support to nearly 15,000 people across more than 20 delivery sites in the London boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Bromley, Enfield, Greenwich, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.
Delivery of the contract will be in partnership with our supply chain partners including a number of London boroughs and local housing associations.

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Other funding opportunities

Trust for London - Citizenship and Integration Initiative

Trust for London are now inviting applications for a second round of expert advisors from civil society organisations to join the City Hall’s social integration team. Deadline is on Wednesday 13 December 2017 at 5pm.

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Policy and News

Skills for Londoners Draft Strategy

The Mayor, Sadiq Khan has today published his draft strategy for skills and adult education in London for consultation.

The Mayor’s vision is to make sure Londoners and London businesses get the skills they need to succeed in a fair, inclusive and thriving economy.

This can only be achieved through the collective effort and actions of a range of stakeholders across London.  The Mayor welcomes hearing your views on the draft strategy and how key challenges relating to skills in London could be addressed.

You have until 2 January 2018 to respond.

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Publication of the Draft London Plan

Mayor Sadiq Khan has published his draft London Plan, a broad-based plan to shape how London’s urban environment develops over the next 20-25 years.

The consultation on the New Draft London Plan begins on Friday 1 December.
From 4 December 2017 you will be able to comment on the plan online.
All comments must be received by 5pm on Friday 2 March 2018.

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Sarah Newton replaces Penny Mourdant in DWP Reshuffle

Sarah Newton has become the Minister of State at the Department for Works and Pensions, taking over from Penny Mourdant, with a remit for disability, work and health. Mourdant has been promoted to Secretary of State for International Development, following the resignation of Priti Patel.

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New London Living Wage announced

The new living wage rates have been announced. The London rate is £10.20 p/h and the rate for the rest of the country is £8.75 p/h.

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Budget 2017: Highlights for Skills, Education, Welfare & Employment

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a variety of measures aimed at skills, education, welfare and employment in the Budget.
First off, the Government will create a new National Retraining Partnership (NRP) with the Trades Union Congress and the Confederation of British Industry, to develop a National Retraining Scheme. As a first step, the NRP will oversee targeted action in sectors with skills shortages, initially focussing on construction and digital skills. The Government will also invest £30m to test the use of AI and innovative EdTech in online digital skills courses, and provide £8.5m over the next two years to support Unionlearn, an organisation of the Trades Union Congress to boost learning in the workplace. Following the announcement of T levels in the Spring Budget, £20m has also been pledged to help teachers prepare for this change.
The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices will increase again in April, from £3.50 to £3.70 per hour. This will be the second rise in a year, following a previous increase from £3.40 per hour seven months ago.

Click here for further details.

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External Events

HEAR - Mental Health Equality in London

HEAR is holding a FREE all day conference to help VCS, the NHS, Local Authorities and other stakeholders improve commissioning for people with Mental Health Support Needs in London. This free all day conference is open to charities and community organisations. This conference is on Monday 4 December 2017, 10.30am-4pm at Indian YMCA, W1T 6AQ. Contact

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Training and resources

The ACE project

Groundwork London is a charity that delivers several employment and skills programmes across London. The ACE: Able, Capable, Employed project will allow you to take on a new member of staff with a wage subsidy up to the level of the National Minimum Wage for an average of 20 weeks.   ACE candidates are 25 and over from the local community and have had some time out of work due to a disability or long term health condition. They are resilient, enthusiastic about re-entering the workforce and will be supported by an ACE adviser throughout the process,  including in-work support that goes beyond the initial subsidised period. Our aim is to match and prepare each participant with the appropriate vacancy and our team's primary focus is linking local people who traditionally would have neither the access nor confidence to directly approach organisations for employment, to local jobs with a focus on values based recruitment and job carving. We have a diverse portfolio of candidates, with varied levels of education/experience and are committed to supporting both sides through the recruitment and induction processes. If you are currently hiring and/or feel this scheme may be of interest please get in touch with Sizi  at  

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GDPR hotline open from 1st November

The Information Commissioners Office has confirmed a dedicated helpline will be open from 1 November to organisations of 250 employees and under, recognising that smaller businesses and charities may be “less well prepared on data protection”. Read more.

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Sivis Study Centre in Helsinki, Finland

Marion Fields from the Sivis Study Centre in Helsinki, Finland, is looking for a host organisation that offers training and/or capacity-building activities to voluntary organisations for a 5-day job shadowing project in 2018.

She has plenty of experience in developing training solutions for the voluntary sector. As part of an EU-funded project, Marion has received a grant to visit the UK for a one-week job shadowing project. The theme of their project is strategic capacity building in the voluntary sector. She would like to learn how voluntary organisations are trained to plan and implement their strategies, how training strategies are managed, and also about other forms of managing learning and capacity in the sector. Her visit would include interviews, observations, visits to training events and other activities. Marion needs one host organisation, but could split her time between more than one organisation during the week. During her visit, she could also engage in some skill sharing or organise a workshop for the host’s benefit
The grant covers all her expenses (travel, accommodation, food), so there are no costs for the host. Ideally, her visit would take place either in May/June or September/October 2018, whichever is most convenient.
If your organisation can host her for a week (even together with another one), please contact her as soon as possible!
Marion Fields (; tel. +358 40 3504500; twitter: @marion_fields)

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NCFE Level 2 - Certificate in Information, Advice and Guidance

There are no specific prior qualifications needed to access this free qualification. This qualification is suitable for anyone who wants to gain a more in-depth understanding of the roles of information, advice and guidance workers. It doesn’t confer competence in these roles. It will support progression to further training such as broader competence based or industry specific information, advice or guidance qualifications required to work in the sector.
How is it delivered? Alongside the learning materials, you will have the support of a knowledgeable assessor/tutor who will give you advice and guidance on the course content as well as providing robust feedback on the work you complete. Successful completion of this course ensures that the learner has fully understood these important principles and evidences knowledge of the subject area. What is the cost? Due to the availability of government funding, this qualification is usually available at no cost. Funded places are limited so please book early to secure your place. Funding is subject to learners meeting set eligibility criteria, which must be provided prior to the start of any course. Please note that a fee is payable if learners decide to withdraw from the course and do not complete their assessments. Learners must want to independently enrol onto the course. We are enrolling NOW… get in touch
Contact RAYMOND QUINTAL at The Careers Acdemy 07982 911 554 or email