March 2018

Dear Colleague,

Here is the March 2018 edition of the Employment and Skills Bulletin.

This will be my last ebulletin as I will be leaving my position at GLV at the end of the month, where I've been offered a new job working for a company called Maximus UK, who have been commissioned to deliver the Work and Health Programme for East London. My role will be as their new Integration Manager.

If you have any queries regarding GLV then please get in contact with David Rodrigues at In specific relation to the Employment and Skills Network, including my eventual replacement, then please contact my current manager and GLV's Hub Development Manager Sharon Long, at
I do hope you have found my ebulletins of use and practical. 
All the best
Jonathan Slater

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Other funding opportunities

Returners Fund

A grant programme of £1.5million is available for organisations to run projects aimed at returners that:

  • create new job opportunities within the private sector and targeted employment sectors, including retail; law; tech and telecoms; science, technology, engineering and maths industries; creative industries;
  • could not otherwise be established by the market;
  • address specific barriers for returners and can be replicated at scale;
  • can demonstrate self-sustainability beyond the initial funding period of the grant;
  • increase understanding of how best to support a) returners to gain paid employment and b) employers to recruit and support returners.

The Government Equalities Office defines a ‘returner’ as a person who left paid employment for at least a year to take on a caring responsibility and would like to return to paid work at a level commensurate with their skills and experience.

Expressions of interest for the first round of bidding must be submitted by 30th March and for the second round, by the 16th August

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Policy and News

London Child Poverty Alliance

The LCPA has come together to publish a manifesto for London’s 32 Local Authorities, who are having all out elections on Thursday 3rd May,  with twelve recommendations which could make things better for London’s families.

London Work and Health Programme

The devolved London Work and Health Programmes went live in West London on Monday 26 February, and will roll out in the rest of the city on Thursday 1 March.
Four groups of London boroughs have commissioned the programme using funding devolved from the Department for Work and Pensions, to support disabled people, early access priority groups and the long term unemployed in to work. It will support 50-55,000 people over five years.

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Good Growth Fund

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan today awarded £24 million of funding to projects from across the capital that will enable local people to take an active role in the regeneration of their communities.
More than 200 bids for funding were made to the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund, delivered through the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP), and 27 are now being taken forward, with several organisations receiving funding in the next few months.
All of the successful projects will deliver social and economic improvements including investment in community assets, workspaces, green infrastructure and cultural venues.

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Step Up

Trust for London, the Walcot Foundation and Learning and Work Institute (L&W) collaborated to design a pilot initiative, Step Up, trialling new approaches to help low-paid workers progress in their careers and move into better work.  L&W were commissioned to evaluate the pilot and to draw lessons for commissioning and delivering in-work progression support in the future.

The report describes the delivery of Step Up and the outcomes achieved and draws out key lessons for the commissioning, design, delivery and evaluation of future support, including how to recruit and engage low-paid works; delivering support effectively; engaging with employers and connecting people to better jobs; designing outcome measures for in-work progression; and evaluating impact.

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London Youth

Hidden in Plain Sight: Young Londoners unemployed yet unsupported. London Youth launched this research to shine light on the 480,000 young Londoners who are currently ‘hidden’ from the capital’s economy. ‘Hidden’ young Londoners are typically aged 18-25, are not engaged in employment, education or training and not receiving any welfare benefits. Their main findings were:
  • Unemployed young people who do not access welfare benefits or statutory support are often excluded from employability programmes because they are too qualified or are in part time employment, such as zero hours contracts.
  • Many ‘hidden’ young people are closer to the job market than first imagined having achieved good GCSE qualifications and continued with their education beyond 16.
  • Often ‘hidden’ young people were also facing complex and challenging circumstances beyond their control, such as caring responsibilities or mental ill health, meaning that appropriate support were also needed to prevent a negative impact on their employment outcomes.

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Centre for Labour and Social Studies

Labour Market Realities 2018: Workers on the Brink. CLASS’s new report, released today, shows that workers across the UK are struggling to make ends meet. As little as one in four of the working population think the economy is working well for them and almost 80% expect to become poorer over the coming year. Our representative sample of 2,000 workers found that:

  • On Stress: Over half of workers’ noticed an increase in stress and workload over the past 12 months.
  • On Long Hours: Around one quarter of the working population are working longer than their contracted hours, with the majority not receiving extra pay.
  • On Basic Costs: Over a third of all workers are not making enough to keep up with the basic cost of living.
  • On Second Jobs: 20% of households have taken on a second job to boost incomes and a further 20% have tried or contemplated it.

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Resolution Foundation

Cross countries: international comparisons of intergenerational trends - this report explores the extent to which the UK’s generational living standards challenge is replicated in other high-income economies, focusing on trends in household income and experiences in the labour and housing markets. Their findings include:

  • The pace of generation-on-generation growth in household income has slowed across high-income countries. It is common for millennials who’ve reached their early 30s so far to have experienced little or no income improvement on generation X (born 1966-80).
  • The UK is the only advanced economy in which large generation-on-generation progress on both household income and home ownership rates was a feature of the 20th century but has failed to materialize for younger generations so far in the 21st.
  • The UK’s rise and fall in home ownership rates has had a knock on effect on generational wealth progress, a major determinant of long term living standards.

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London's education success story 

Some boroughs are part of London’s education success story – others are not. What is driving the difference in success?
Karen Barker from the New Policy Institute explores three theories which explain why certain London boroughs are performing so well on education.

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Training and resources

UnionLearn Information and Advice on Apprenticeships 

  • The TUC have produced a guide for trade union activists on bargaining for accessible Apprenticeships for disabled workers.
  • A leaflet produced by unionlearn for apprentices and if you are looking to undertake an apprenticeship, with information on 'what is an apprenticeship', 'your terms and conditions of employment' and much more.
  • Finally the Apprenticeships Toolkit which is a resource for union officers, union representatives and union learning reps who are negotiating with employers on apprenticeships or who are approaching an employer to discuss the possibility of taking on apprentices.  The factsheets provide concise information on a range of topics related to apprenticeships. They also highlight the key elements of a good quality apprenticeship.

Digital One toolkit 

This toolkit aims to provide organisations looking to start digital inclusion projects with information that may be useful in considering what type of project you want to set up.

External Events

Conference on the silver economy 

Positive Ageing in London, Wise Age Ltd and Age Platform (UK) are delivering a free, half-day conference and focus group to discuss the benefits and needs that older working age people (50+) bring to London and the UK through their paid and unpaid work. They will be drawing on examples of best practice from London, the UK and EU in ensuring that older working age people are recognised and supported. It's taking place on Monday 19th March from 10:30am – 3:30pm @ Europe House, 32 Smith Square, SW1P 3EU. For more information and to book please click here.

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Job Vacancies

Trust for London

They are recruiting for a new Director of Policy. The position will be a member of their Senior Management team, who will oversee the Trust’s portfolio of policy and research grants/commissions and also manage a small team. They will also be proactive in identifying areas of work which the Trust could support, overseeing the dissemination of the policy and research work, and actively engaging with policy makers and other stakeholders.  The Director of Policy will also be working jointly with the Director of Grants to manage the grants team and the Trust’s development and delivery of our funding strategy. Deadline for applications is 1pm, Tuesday 20th March. For more information and to apply please click here.

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Greater London Volunteering

Hub for London
City Hall, London

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).

The CEO will occupy an exciting and high-profile role that builds on a wider programme of work in place across London called The Way Ahead. The role will have close ties with London Councils, the GLA, London Funders and others and it aims to champion the role of civil society as part of the vital infrastructure for the region. Providing the overall leadership and management for the Hub for London in line with the strategic plan and promoting the profile and interests of the hub and its impact on civil society will be central duties.

You will be innovative and entrepreneurial with experience from networking, diplomatic and relationship building roles. With an understanding of charity regulation and governance, from an executive or non-executive perspective, you will be a strategic leader with experience of managing change within an organisation and turning strategy into operational delivery. With a clear commitment to, and track record of, inclusion and equalities, you will be values-led and highly motivated by the importance of civil society.

To find out more about this great opportunity, please email for an information pack. Alternatively contact Rob Hayter or Brigitte Stundner on 020 7198 6060. The closing date is 5pm 4th April 2018.

Candidate Information Pack.

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