January 2018

Dear Colleague,

Happy 2018!

Here is the January 2018 edition of the Employment and Skills Bulletin, that contains updates on commissioned reports looking at the impact of Brexit on London's economy and its communities. Also 29 June has been named as the UK's Employability Day, and finally the Challenge are delivering a Student Work Placements programme.

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

Local Government Assocation briefing on Stage 1 Brexit negotiations agreement

The LGA has produced a briefing on the Stage 1 agreement. Particularly important is the news on EU funds and citizens' rights, specifically that local communities will continue to benefit from EU funds until at least the end of current programmes in 2020 and that there will be reciprocal protection for EU and UK citizens.

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Other funding opportunities

Government fund from dormant accounts

Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, has said that £90m of an estimated £330m being reclaimed from dormant bank accounts over the next four years will go to youth employment initiatives.  The youth employment initiatives will be jointly designed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Department for Education and Big Lottery Fund with input from young people and experts across different sectors. The Big Lottery Fund will set out plans for engagement in the coming months.

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Policy and News

Potential Impact of Brexit on London's economy

The Mayor of London published independent economic analysis of the potential impact of different Brexit outcomes on both London and the UK's economy.
This analysis clearly demonstrates that the harder the Brexit outcome, the worse the potential impact on jobs, growth and living standards could be.
The Mayor will be using the report to demonstrate to the Government that a 'no deal' Hard Brexit could lead to lost decades with significantly lower growth, as many as 500,000 fewer jobs, and nearly £50bn less investment by 2030 than would be the case if we remained in the single market and customs union. The report also looks at the impact on 9 key sectors: Financial & Professional Services, Science & Technology, Digital Technologies, Life Sciences and Healthcare, Creative, Cultural, Food and Drink Manufacturing, Constriction and Hospitality.
The analysis also shows that London’s economy could suffer significantly less from Brexit than the rest of the UK. And while the Mayor remains confident London will be able to respond to the challenges of Brexit, he believes it his responsibility to highlight the risks of walking away from the negotiations without a deal.
The Mayor believes that the best way to avoid the risk of a ‘no-deal’ scenario is for the Government to change its approach and negotiate a deal that enables us to remain in both the single market and the customs union. 

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Potential Impact of Brexit on London's communities and projects

London’s communities and projects will lose approximately £525.7m (€573m) each year in EU funding, according to a new study commissioned by Jean Lambert, London’s Green MEP.
The report, “Losing it over Brexit: What does the end of EU funding mean for London’s communities and projects?” maps the EU funding currently available to London’s communities, and calls on the Government to ensure that this gap is filled post-Brexit.

The report's recommendations are:

  • London does not lose out on funding as a result of Brexit
  • Any funding to replace lost EU funds is decentralised to City Hall
  • The London Mayor undertakes an integrated impact assessment of the contribution of EU funds to London’s communities
  • An evidence base is established of the impact of EU funding to London
  • Evaluation of the last EU funding programme is used to draw good practice lessons and inform the new plans 

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Transforming children and young people's mental health provision: a green paper

The green paper sets out the Government's ambition that children and young people who need help for their mental health are able to get it when they need it. Have your say on children and young people’s mental health.
Closing date: 2 March 2018 (noon)

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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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Mayor of London's Draft Economic Strategy

The Mayor has launched his draft Economic Development strategy. It sets out his plans to grow London’s economy, support businesses, boost innovation and create a city that works for all.

He wants to know what you think about these plans and hear your thoughts on how we can protect jobs and prosperity in these testing times.

The draft Economic Development strategy has three main goals:

  • Opening-up opportunities – everyone should be able to benefit from all our city offers
  • Growth – ensuring our economy will continue to thrive and is open to business
  • Innovation – to make London a world leader in technology and a hub of new ideas and creativity

You have until 13 March 2018 to have your say.

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Partnership for Young London

As part of new research into the creative industries and employment, PYL are currently looking to talk to young people, organisations, and parents about their experiences and opinions. They are working with The Roundhouse to explore some of the barriers that young people face getting a career in the creative industries, and how they can provide more opportunity to them.  If this is an area that you have experience in, or have access to young people for them to interview, please contact matthew.walsham@cityoflondon.gov.uk

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Ministerial Reshuffle

Theresa May has initiated a significant cabinet reshuffle, just seven months after last year's General Election. Esther McVey becomes Secretary of State for Works & Pensions. Her immediate predecessor, David Gauke, becomes Secretary of State for Justice. Elsewhere, Damien Hinds replaces Justine Greening as Secretary of State for Education, which includes overall responsibility for skills and apprenticeships.

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External Events

Disability Rights UK

Disability Rights UK is pleased to invite you to attend their seminar: Into Apprenticeships, Traineeships, and Supported Internships.
This event will be of interest to employers, Human Resources and other stakeholders and will include keynote contributions from National Apprenticeship Service, Access to Work, Disability Confident, local government, business representatives, training providers and organisations.
Delegates will talk about:

  • Funding reforms, the Apprenticeship Levy and additional payments for employers and providers
  • Advantages of being an inclusive employer and recruiting disabled apprentices, trainees and supported interns
  • Reasonable adjustments to make the workplace inclusive and accessible
  • Support available to disabled apprentices, trainees and supported interns including Access to Work
  • They will also hear stories from young disabled trainees/apprentices/interns 

This event will take place on:
February 6th 2018
10:00 am- 16:30 pm
Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road,
London N7 6PA
To register: https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=87

UK Employability Day

ERSA has announced that this year's UK Employability Day will take place on 29 June 2018.
ERSA will introduce an Employability Day Buddy system and provide a toolkit which includes: promotional materials (logos, banners, posters); template letters and emails of invitation; suggested targets; press releases; messaging; and visit briefings with practical guidance.
They will keep you updated and want to know what you will be doing to celebrate Employability Day 2018. Please email matt.byrne@ersa.org.uk to let them know how we can help and how you will be involved this year.

Training and resources

Digital Champions

For 21 years, Digital Unite has been at the forefront of a nationwide effort to tackle digital exclusion (often linked to social exclusion). They specialise in delivering highly efficient and sustainable digital skills training and support programmes to help turn an organisation’s staff, residents, communities and volunteers into effective Digital Champions. Digital Champions are people who can stimulate the take up of online services and promote the confident and continued use of the internet. Member organisations include local authorities, housing providers, social care associations, as well as charities. At this time, they have over 40 member organisations and more than 1600 digital champions.
Their current offers:
Thanks to a recent grant by the Big Lottery Fund, for a limited time only, they are able to offer access to their Digital Champions Network at a really low entry point, so this is a great time to get involved. To make the most of this opportunity, they advise organisations to apply before March 2018 to be able to secure a 2 year spot and to ensure there is still availability as spaces are filling up quick.

For Small Organisations:
They currently have some limited FREE places for smaller organisations on their Standard membership offer. This is a great opportunity for small charities or organisations who are running smaller projects and lack funding. Staff and volunteers will still be able to receive certified learning and gain access to an extensive range of courses and resources.
If you want to book a free place for your organisation then email either kathy.valdes@digitalunite.com or maya.christova@digitalunite.com

Job Vacancies

The Challenge

The Challenge are delivering a Student Work Placements programme. The scheme is part of a wider initiative to strengthen technical education routes available to young people.

They are looking for organisations that could be interested in having Business Administration students complete work placements from 5th February for 2 days per week over 40 days. The students are available to take on any administration/marketing/communications/HR jobs that could benefit the organisation.
Further details can be found on their website.
If interested please contact Tom Malcolm as soon as you can on 07587037619.

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