February 2018

Dear Colleague,

Here is the February 2018 edition of the Employment and Skills Bulletin, that contains updates on the Mayor of London £45 million fund to support young Londoners, the Government's official response to the Taylor review on modern working practices, and new figures from End Child Poverty Now on levels of child poverty for all areas in the UK.

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

ESF funding rules

Sets out the rules for funding the 2014 to 2020 European Social Fund (ESF) programme.

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Other funding opportunities

Mayor of London fund to help young Londoners

Young Londoners at risk of getting caught up in crime will be supported by a new £45 million fund created by Mayor Sadiq Khan to counter government cuts and “end the scandal of young talent going to waste”.

The Young Londoners Fund will invest in vital services to help vulnerable children and young adults develop, particularly those who have been left behind or marginalised, and work to prevent them being sucked into crime.

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Policy and News

Government responds to the Taylor Review

The Government formally responded to the Taylor review into modern working practices, with the following commitments:
  • Millions of workers to get new day-one rights with sick and holiday pay to be enforced for vulnerable workers for the first time
  • Reforms will ensure employment law and practices keep pace with modern ways of working created by rapid technological change
  • For the first time the government will be accountable for good quality work as well as quantity of jobs - a key ambition of the UK’s Industrial Strategy

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End Child Poverty

End Child Poverty has published new figures (January 2018) on the level of child poverty in each constituency, local authority and ward in the UK.

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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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Universal Credit

Trust for London published an article by Adam Tinson from the New Policy Institute, examining the impact of the rollout of Universal Credit will have on the capital.

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The National Council for Voluntary Organisations have published their annual report 'The Road Ahead' which identifies the political, economic, social and technological trends likely to affect your charity in 2018 and beyond.

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Apprenticeship Diversity

Department for Education – New project to boost diversity in apprenticeships.
London is one of five major cities across England which have pledged to work with the government to drive up apprenticeships among underrepresented groups and ensure they are accessible to individuals from all backgrounds. Each city has pledged to boost diversity in apprenticeships in their local area with the help of partners such as Rolls Royce and B&Q.

Apprenticeship reforms

The Institute for Apprenticeships has published details of reforms to streamline the way it works with employers in developing new apprenticeship standards. This includes simplifying the Institute’s position on the inclusion of qualifications within apprenticeship standards, which has been barred for several years. They also intend to change and simplify some of the policy criteria for approval of apprenticeship occupations and standards.

ERSA Employability Awards 2018

The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), the representative body for the employment support sector, is pleased to announce the ERSA Employability Awards 2018, sponsored by Clarion Futures, is now open for submissions until 9th March.

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Training and resources

Trust for London

Funding Map
Trust for London’s funding map shows all the projects tackling poverty and inequality in London which, they are currently funding.

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