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									     Rising to the Challenge

    Learning & Skills Council
Chris Minett, Skills Development Director, Train to Gain
   Mark Williams, Skills Development Director, ESF
Train to Gain: new flexibilities for
Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Chris Minett - LSC
Skills Development Director
Train to Gain
What is Train to Gain?
• Train to Gain is the Government’s skills service for
 – all employers
 – all sectors
 – all sizes
• Free skills brokerage
• Fully and partially government-funded training
• Access to a wide range of training and development
• Contribution to wage costs for employers with under 50
Fully government-funded training

• First Level 2 qualifications

• Repeat Level 2 – list of qualifications agreed by Sector
  Skills Councils

• Skills for Life qualifications at all levels

• First Level 3 for 19-24 year olds

• First Level 3 for individuals without a first Level 2

• First Level 4 for 19-24 year olds without a first Level 3
Government subsidised training

• First Level 3

• Repeat Level 3 – list agreed by Sector Skills Councils

• English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

• Apprenticeships

• Leadership and Management

 Employers can also access full cost bespoke
 training through Train to Gain
Why is the offer different for SMEs?

• John Denham, Secretary of State for Skills, announced that
  SMEs are a priority for £350m of Train to Gain funds over
  the next 2 years
• This is part of the wider Government support for businesses
  in response to the economic downturn
• The Department for Work and Pensions announced
  additional funds to help people facing redundancy and for
• SMEs are employers with less than 250 employees
SME Offer
• In addition, a further range of flexibilities are now available
  to SMEs:

 • Level 2 qualifications - all fully funded, including repeats
   on the Sector Skills Council agreed list
 • Level 3 qualifications - for 19-24s, all fully funded; 25+
   co-funded including repeats on Sector Skills Council
   agreed list
 • Units/Thin qualifications (i.e. smaller parts of full
   qualifications) in business critical areas
 • Leadership and management extended to employers with
   as few as 5 employees
SME Offer
Units/thin qualifications at Level 2 and 3 now available in
 business critical areas:

   •   Business improvement techniques;
   •   Business systems/processes;
   •   Team-working/communications;
   •   Customer service;
   •   New product design;
   •   Finance and credit;
   •   Cash-flow and profit management;
   •   Risk management.
   •   Marketing and sales;
   •   IT user/IT support.

   • A total of 138 units/thin qualifications in total
     available from January 2009
        – List will expand in response to identified need
The Government is keen to encourage groups of small
 employers to work together on training:
• Support for groups of SMEs working together
     –Business parks
     –Supply chains
     –RDA clusters
• Initially we are seeking:
 – 5 clusters in each region with 30 SMEs in each cluster
 – 5 supply chains
• Eventually leading to 250 clusters nationally
  Redundancy support for employees

The Government is offering more support to employers for
 people at risk of redundancy:
   • Pre-redundancy wage support – 4 weeks information,
     advice and guidance and training
   • Skills Hubs to offer support for newly redundant people
   • Free, intensive, unit-based training in return for
     commitment to retain the employee to the end of the
   • Free Train to Gain training for every Job Centre Plus client
     entering work (subject to availability)
   • Apprenticeship clearing houses

  Call a Train to Gain skills broker on
             08456 047 047

      Email the brokerage service on
ESF in the
South West

February 2009
Mark Williams,
Skills Development Director
ESF Overview
 South West Region
Competitiveness –
South West region excluding Cornwall and the Isles
of Scilly

Convergence –
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
 Phase 1
• All contracted – started from 1st June

• 54 Contracts across the SW
 – 14 Convergence - £31.8 million

 – 40 Competitiveness - £28.8 million

• Activity has started in all areas but not all
 Phase 2
• Currently being contracted

• Approximately 15 Contracts across the SW
 – 7 Convergence - £11.3 million

 – 8 Competitiveness - £2.9 million
 Phase 3
New provision
 – Convergence - £10.7 million

 – Competitiveness - £4.9 million
Responding to the
changing economic
conditions in the SW
The LSC is making available £50m ESF and £50m
Train to Gain funding to boost skills interventions
for individuals under notice of redundancy, those
made recently redundant

The funding for this activity will be offered
holistically, with the Train to Gain and ESF
elements of the package forming a seamless single
offer, supporting the Train to Gain core offer.
There are three key target groups for this support:

• Individuals who are under notice of redundancy
  and their employer organisations;

• Individuals who are newly redundant;

• Individuals who are unemployed but would be
  ready for employment after receiving this package
  of skills development support.
Provision development
  Priority 1 ESF funds available will be used as
  • nextsteps - £615,299
  • Support for those farthest from the labour
    market and hardest to reach within the SW:
     o Support for unemployed young people/adults

       through personal development training and
       work experience - £100,000
     o IES Activity West of England- £300,000

     o Provision to support the employment of

       young people in Swindon - £146,000
  • Community Grants
 Provision development
Priority 2 ESF funds available will be used as
   • Core Pre-Employment and Pre-Redundancy
     support programme - £1,571,200, plus
   • Higher Level Skills Investments - £640,800

Additional support for:
  • Apprenticeships - £700,000
  • Skills for Life CPD - £340,000
  • Developing the role of Trade Unions in the
    provision of IAG and learning/skills - £300,000
The core offer
Fully funded support for a range of skills
activity that aids progression into sustainable
employment – this will be a fully customised
offer of 2 -8 weeks duration that is not restricted
to units or qualifications
 Provision development
Funding for delivery based on guided learning
     • Between 9 and 14 glh including production of
       an Individual Learning Plan: £270
     • 15 to 44 glh : £500
     • 45 to 74 glh : £850
     • 75 glh or more : £1200
Funding for outputs:
     • £300 for a successful job start outcome and

     Total £1,500

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