May 2018

Dear Colleague,

Here is the May 2018 edition of the Employment and Skills Bulletin, that contains updates on adult education budget (AEB) funding rules for the 2018 to 2019, the local elections results map and a report looking at how employers can support talented young people facing barriers into work. You haven’t heard from us in a while so a good dosage of news and resources is following.

Also, we are recruiting!

The Hub for London is a new infrastructure support organisation for the region’s civil society. This new organisation will offer a range of support for charities, social action groups and community organisations among others. The hub aims to offer three key functions: information (data and intelligence on civil society across London), networking (supporting civil society engagement and collaboration) as well as a voice and influence (increasing the influence and representation of civil society in policy and regional planning). As part of this we are recruiting five new posts for the organisation. The posts, with hyperlinks to the candidate packs, are as follows:

Please click on our website for further details. The closing date for all applications is 10pm on Monday 28 May 2018.

We do hope you enjoy our bulletin and if there is anything you want to be included in future editions, please get in touch.

All the best,


ESF Update

The future of the European Social Fund inquiry

In this report the Work and Pensions select committee calls on government to ensure the support provided through ESF funding continues following Brexit and that the planned UK Shared Prosperity Fund:

  • retains a separate fund for employment support for disadvantaged groups and communities
  • uses both longer-term and short-term programmes
  • cuts bureaucracy for providers.

The government plans to consult on the UK Share Prosperity Fund this autumn. Highlighting the importance of ESF for disadvantaged communities will be crucial for NCVO’s response, so if you have experience of delivering ESF programmes, they’d like to hear from you.

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Adult education budget funding rules 2018 to 2019

This document sets out the adult education budget (AEB) funding rules for the 2018 to 2019 funding year (1 August 2018 to 31 July 2019). The rules apply to all providers of education and training who receive AEB funding from the Secretary of State for Education acting through the Education and Skills Funding Agency. The AEB aims to engage adults and provide the skills and learning they need to equip them for work, an apprenticeship or other learning. And enables more flexible tailored programmes of learning to be made available.

The plans to implement adult education devolution were delayed by a year, but now authorities have been allocated the funding which is almost £1 million in total.

Care Leavers Foundation
Provides grants to care leavers aged 18 – 29 (although preference given to 21+) to help with education, training, enterprise or employment, emergency living expenses, household costs, and exceptional medical needs.

Community Business Fund

The Community Business Fund is now open for applications. Grant awards of between £50,000 and £300,000 are available for existing community business in England providing support to make the business more sustainable. Deadline is 12 noon 22 May 2018.

Stuart Croft Foundation Award Scheme

The Stuart Croft Foundation enables artists, filmmakers, researchers, and exhibitors working in and between the gallery and the cinema to undertake and complete small-scale projects, where other funding options may be difficult to obtain. Deadline is midnight, 31st May 2018.


Policy and News

2018 London local elections results map

Following the London-wide local elections in 3 May 2018, London Councils has updated its political map with an at-a-glance London overview and individual borough breakdown. The map also compares the last five elections results and you can view individual borough results all the way back to 1964.

Advice for European Londoners

The Mayor intends to launch an online portal for EU citizens living in the coming months that will provide information about European citizens’ rights post-Brexit and links to advice and support services in London. It will also direct users to expert legal advice, support services and guidance on employment rights.

London Culture Strategy Consultation
The Mayor's office has launched his draft Culture Strategy. They want to hear from as many people as possible to find out if they take part in cultural activities and have access to creative jobs. The consultation closes at 5pm on Tuesday 19 June 2018.

Reforming the UK’s macroeconomic policy framework

This policy paper proposes a new framework for UK macroeconomic policy. The paper sets out three areas for reform:

  • It proposes new fiscal rules which would enable more active fiscal policy in a downturn, including greater public investment.
  • It proposes a revision of the Bank of England’s mandate to help interest rates rise faster in time for the next recession.

It describes a new mechanism under which, when interest rates cannot be cut sufficiently, the Bank of England would delegate an economic stimulus to a new National Investment Bank, and would purchase its bonds as necessary to ensure a direct injection of demand.

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External Events

Skills for Londoners Strategy Launch

Come and join the Mayor to celebrate his vision and ambition to create a ‘City for all Londoners’ - where Londoners and London’s businesses have the skills they need to make the most of the opportunities that this city has to offer. The launch of this strategy also looks ahead to the opportunity presented by devolution of the Adult Education Budget - the first time that London will see true devolution of skills funding and associated responsibilities. Wednesday 6 June 2018 at 10am.

UK Employability Day

This year's UK Employability Day will take place on 29 June 2018. ERSA members and non-members across the UK will be supported to open their doors to show what employment support means at the frontline and the impact it is having in the local area. ERSA has also produced a toolkit with helpful resources to get you started.

They will keep you updated and want to know what you will be doing to celebrate Employability Day 2018. Please email for any questions.

The ERSA Disability and Health Conference: Mind / Body / Work

The conference will bring together leaders and practitioners to discuss some of the most pressing issues affecting policy and delivery in the field of disability, health and employment support. Run by the national membership body for employment support, the conference will explore the current national public policy landscape, share information about emerging devolved regional approaches to mental and physical health and employment, plus provide in-depth insight into key issues.  Book your place online here.

Careers in Tech Event, 8 June

This free Central Careers Hub event for Careers Advisers and Teachers in partnership with Just IT, TFL and Year of Engineering 2018s will involve:

  • Setting the scene – how do we understand Tech Careers ourselves using the VOTS Tech Careers Matrix
  • The Just IT and TFL Tech Opportunities – Getting in and getting on
  • Panel of Tech Experts from the areas of Cyber Security, Software Development and Tech Support
  • Panel of Apprentices from Just IT and TFL in the field of Cyber Security, Software Development and Tech Support

Life Long Learning and Older People

This free, half-day conference by Positive Aging in London will focus on best practice and how to engage more older people in Life Long Learning. Expert speakers will be talking about life long learning and older people, including experiences of the U3A, over 60s wishing to become post graduates, training and educational opportunities for both employed, unemployed and retired older people. Wednesday 23 May, 10.30-15.30

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Training and resources

An employer’s guide to promoting mental health and wellbeing at work 

In this short ‘Employers guide to promoting mental health and wellbeing at work’ created by Andy Gibson from Mindapples for Heart of the City, you can find out why mental health is a matter for everyone, how wellbeing can drive the performance of your team and what you can do as an employer to develop your wellbeing strategy and ensure line managers feel equipped to support their teams. You can sign up to receive Heart of the City’s free monthly resource here.

'What's your Story?

Immediate Theatre joins Create Your Future to offer employability skills workshops for BAME women in Hackney. During these sessions participants will have the opportunity to create a film, write a CV, practice interview technique and apply for jobs. For more info please contact

An employer’s guide to supporting talented young people facing barriers into work

 A coalition of 11 companies including Marks & Spencer, BAE Systems and Berkeley Group, charities, universities and professional institutes has launched this new Employer's Guide. The guide:

  • Aims to encourage companies to bring people into full-time work through specialist schemes and apprenticeships.
  • Explains why talented, marginalised young people may not be employed or actively looking for work.
  • Illustrates the opportunities and challenges of employing talented, marginalised young adults.
  • Provides practical guidance for people who are directly line managing young adults with little experience of professional working life.
  • Suggests migrant labour shortages in the construction, agriculture and retail industries could be mitigated by targeting nearly 500,000 young people not in education, employment or training who are not currently looking for work

London Growth Hub free workshops

London Growth Hub are hosting a series of free workshops and one-to-one mentoring sessions. It offers support to London's SMEs and entrepreneurs. Click here for more information.

NBCUniversal HR for Good London: Nonprofit Needs Assessment

On 6th June NBCUniversal's HR experts will be volunteering in a half day pro bono consulting event for non-profit and social good organisations in London. Participants will rotate through a series of three consultations with experts in the following areas during the event:
1. Recruiting, Selecting, and Hiring New Staff
2. Talent & Leadership Development 
3. Team Building and Employee Engagement

If you have questions, please contact Shiyulli Suriyakumar from Taproot Foundation at

Dementia and Imagination

These free training workshops offer artists the chance to learn from the project Dementia and Imagination. The study devised a method of working with people with dementia using visual arts; in hospitals, community and residential care settings. The training is offered by lead artists from Dementia and Imagination, ensuring that skills and expertise are shared with others wishing to work in dementia care settings. 15, 17 and 18 May 2018 

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Job Vacancies

EY Reconnect

The 12-week programme offers a supported route back into work with induction, coaching and mentoring for anyone who has been on a career break of between 2 and 10 years, and who previously worked at a Manager level or above. September 2018 applications now open. Click here to view the latest EY Reconnect opportunities.

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