Worklessness enterprise final

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					Worklessness & enterprise

Presentation by Christopher Wright
Chairman Learning & Employability Network
Partnership Director, Learning & Skills Council
Westminster City Partnership

Setting the scene
• 18,000 residents in the City are out of work and claiming benefits and
  a similar number of residents have no qualifications.

• Worklessness concentrated in social housing at the north western
  fringe of the City bordering Brent and North Kensington and in estates
  south of Victoria Street

• Benefits payments paid to out of work residents in Westminster costs
  c£135M p.a.

• Largest local economy in Great Britain, strong across a range of
  sectors…but increasingly knowledge driven requiring employees with
  higher skills
Westminster City Partnership
Westminster City Partnership

What are we doing about it?
• Matching job-seekers with employment opportunities
• Developing specialist support for residents with particular needs
• Engaging employers to support employability
• Self-employment & enterprise programmes in renewal areas
• Outcomes in the last 2 years:
         Over 3,600 residents provided with employment support by advisors
         1,400 into work
         1000+ job-seekers on Employability Skills Programme
         150+ new Apprenticeships
         6,000 adult residents engaged in learning & skills
Westminster City Partnership

But we need to go much further….
• Reduce claimant rates to below 25% in key wards & estates

• Double the amount of skills provision in Apprenticeships, employability
  & Train to Gain

• Developing an integrated Westminster offer for job-seekers and

• Ongoing support for employment support services & job-seekers

• Harnessing the resources we’ve already got as employers and

• Leadership & innovation in London
Westminster City Partnership

Where are we trying to get to?
  Westminster Works
  •      A new one stop model of employment & enterprise support in areas &
         estates with the highest concentrations of job-seekers
  •      Personal advisors to support job-seekers through training, into work and
         post-employment support
  •      A benefits system which facilitates residents into work or training
  •      Co-ordinated offer from WCP partners regarding apprenticeships, work-
         placements and employment opportunities
  •      Workplace health campaigns & better links to GPs
  •      Committed partnership with JCP, LDA to deliver Integrated Employment &
         Skills Trials and new ways of working
Westminster City Partnership

How do we get there?

1. Pool funding for employment support & jointly
   commission services

2. Set out our commitments as employers & buyers

3. Support the Westminster Works project, the pilot
   at Churchill Gardens Estate & roll out to other

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