This call is primarily seeking applicants to develop a bespoke local Skills Access Hub as a central pillar of business support within the D2N2 LEP Area, implementing an effective skills support infrastructure within a single, coordinated, strategic framework.
The call will also pilot initiatives to enhance the role of employers in the co-design and co-delivery of skills provision particularly in high growth sectors which enhance career and qualification pathways and escalators.
The Skills Access Hub will support our businesses to access the skills they need for productivity growth through establishing strong arrangements with the D2N2 Growth Hub, supporting the development of enhanced leadership and management skills in SMEs, developing skills to adapt to digitalisation of the workplace, better engagement with the knowledge and assets in our higher and further educational institutions and increased take up of apprenticeships, particularly at higher and graduate levels.
Feedback from D2N2 SMEs shows that the current skills and training landscape is confused.
To implement an effective skills support infrastructure, the D2N2 LEP aims to deliver business facing skills solutions to SMEs within a single, coordinated, strategic framework and has identified the development of a bespoke local Skills Access Hub as an important component of the skills landscape.
The Skills Access Hub will ensure a clear path to skills provision for employers in the D2N2 LEP Area. The service will;
Provide employers and individuals with a first stop access point for skills support and advice, including how they will receive referrals from the D2N2 Growth Hub, publicity campaigns and other partner organisations;
Meet the needs of individual employers or groups of employers through Operational Needs Analysis and Training Needs Analysis, and work closely with the D2N2 Growth Hub to complement the work of Business Advisers;
Work to develop an integrated skills support system working with FE Colleges, Private Skills Providers, Universities, other local partners and stakeholders to widen participation and engage employers to enhance business performance;
Support employers to identify opportunities for succession planning and workforce development to enable employees to move into higher skilled jobs within the business;
Secure added value and efficiency for the employer through access to relevant funding support that is appropriate to meet their skills needs;
Gather and promote LMI to help improve careers advice and information;
Deliver a brokerage service providing information and direct support to SMEs on how to access skills, and qualification support / provision;
Provide a coordination function for other ESF employer-led skills activity;
Provide a focus on businesses not already engaged in skills development;
Ensure strong partnership working with the D2N2 Growth Hub and the national apprenticeship agenda;
Pilot initiatives to enhance the role of employers in the co-design and co-delivery of skills provision particularly in high growth sectors which enhance career and qualification pathways and escalators.
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Workshops took place in May to support organisations wishing to apply. Visit the workshop post-event page.
Closing date for applications is August 1st 2019.
Priority Axis 2.2: Improving the labour market relevance of education and training systems.
Approximately £2,400,000 of ESF is available.
Applications to this call should cover the entire D2N2 area.
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This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.