AGENDA ITEM 6 Draft Employment and Enterprise Strategy
To: Young Southwark Executive – Making a Positive Contribution 2
From: Elaine Gunn, on behalf of Karen O’Keefe, Economic Development
Purpose: As a result of the last Young Southwark Executive this is to inform YSE
members of the emerging issues and priorities for young people arising through the
Employment and Enterprise strategy and to identify how these can add value to the
CYPP commissioning intentions.
Progress from last year or since the last report or other to Young Southwark
Southwark’s Employment and Enterprise Strategies are refreshed every 3 years in
order to ensure that key priorities in relation to employment, skills and enterprise
have been addressed and are still relevant to the borough’s residents. The current
refresh sets new priorities for the Strategies for 2009-2012, and the focus will be to
ensure mainstream employment and enterprise support is accessible to all residents
as well as identifying and filling gaps in this provision to improve the skills, job
prospects and incomes of residents and to tackle market failures that prevent
business start-ups and growth.
Local Area Agreement Targets and performance:
Southwark’s Local Area Agreement 2008-11 includes a range of targets selected to
reflect local priorities to improve economic well being. These priorities will also be
reflected in the new strategies, and those highlighted in the list below are also
priorities in the Children and Young People’s Plan.
Working age people on out of work benefits (NI 152) and working age people on
out of work benefits in the worst areas (Local)
Inequality gap reduction in attainment at 19 Level 2 (NI 82)
% of the working age population with no qualifications (Local)
16-18 year olds Not in Employment, Education and Training (NI 117)
Care leavers in education, training or employment (NI 148)
Young offenders engagement in suitable education, employment and
training (NI 45)
Proportion of offenders in employment at the end of their order or licence (NI 144)
Adults with learning disabilities in employment (NI 146)
Adults in contact with secondary mental health services in employment (NI 150)
Local ESOL provision (Local)
Active Enterprise Count (Local)
The impact of the recession has been felt most acutely in terms of the increasing
number of people who are claiming out of work benefits (NI 152/153), completely
reversing the positive trend which the borough was experiencing before the
recession hit. Of increased concern to Economic Development, and therefore of
importance in the new economic strategies, is the rising number of young people
(aged 18-24) claiming benefits, the high levels who remain NEET and the impact this
trend will have on the future of these young people and Southwark’s economy.
18-24 year old benefit claimants in Southwark
Dec- Jan- Feb- Mar- Apr- May- Jun- Jul- Aug- Sep- Oct- Nov- Dec-
08 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09
Economic Development has been supporting the achievement of the NEET related
targets through the following areas:
NI 117: The Southwark Works Foot in the Door work experience programme for
young people; Promoting Jobcentre Plus and Southwark Works provision to those
claiming out of work benefits, fast tacking those who are NEET through the new
Flexible New Deal offer, supporting Council apprenticeships, and supporting two
apprentices in our team, working with the 14-19 Team to ensure Future Jobs Fund
(FJF) opportunities are promoted to those on the NEET register (there is a
Southwark Works FJF Jobs Fair on the 29th January focusing on 18-24 year olds).
We have also supported the Southwark Youth Enterprise Project (SYEP) and the
Enterprise in Southwark programmes targeting support for young people in the
borough starting on the entrepreneurial pathway.
NI 148: EDT support a care leavers employment advisors as part of the Southwark
Works programme, creating better links to available support and employment
opportunities. We have a meeting planned with Chris Saunders in the beginning of
February to discuss how we can improve access to services for this cohort, including
young parents. We have also created links with Southwark Works and the
NI 145: St Giles Trust, who are members of the Employment and Skills Partnership,
delivers Project Daedalus in partnership with St Mungo’s, Kensington & Chelsea
College and Rathbone, which is the lead partner. The project provides enhanced
support to 15 – 19 year olds offenders, including those leaving HMYOI Feltham, to
increase their chances of successful resettlement. This includes supporting them to
achieve a variety of qualifications, increase employability skills and provide support
with accommodation so they move on into sustainable education, training and
Issues raised through the economic strategy review consultation against CYPP
Although progress has been made in these target areas, with evidence of more joint
working, there are still a number of issues which need to be addressed further
through the Economic Strategies and the CYPP. The following points were raised
during the strategy review consultation:
The rising number of 18-24 year old residents in Southwark claiming
Jobseekers Allowance (2500 in November 2009; 1790 in Nov 2008) and the
continued level of young people recognised as NEET is a concern
Younger NEETs aren’t recognised by JCP and the awareness of the support
the Connexions Service provides is generally low. As a 16-17 year old
claimant, you are entitled to look for and take up full time training
opportunities or employment. However, not many 16-17 year olds satisfy the
eligibility conditions of JSA. 18+ customers can only work or study under 16
hours per week.
There is a lack of awareness amongst young people of opportunities available
and the motivation to find them
The available support is generally better for 16-19 year olds, less is available
for 20-25 year olds.
Most young people asked would want to work in Southwark rather than going
Lack of relevant experience prevents job entry which has become more
difficult to overcome in the recession
Young people lack the work ready skills required by employers; interview
skills for example
People with criminal records are not considered by employers
The young people interviewed as part of the strategy review consultation had the
following suggestions for improvement in this service area:
More work in schools – to think about their options at an earlier stage in
Promote Connexions service – what it is and what it does, and make it more
young person friendly.
Link Connexions service to Jobcentre Plus and remove the stigma of
Use newer methods of engagement – such as popular internet sites, not
Use peer engagement/support – disadvantaged young people don’t
respond well to adults/authority figures – if it comes from other young people,
it will be more accepted – they suggested using mentors.
Encourage use of volunteering opportunities – can give young people
experience they need and show them the kinds of opportunities that are out
Offer incentives to attend school and raise awareness of summer schools.
Offer more recreational activities – many activities end at 19 and therefore,
there needs to be more for 20-24 year old young people.
Post 16 Commissioning and NEET
Focusing on the hardest to reach and help young people who have been
NEET for either six weeks and form part of DCSF vulnerable groups or who
have been NEET for 26 weeks and are in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance,
therefore qualifying for support through the Young Persons Guarantee.
Ensuring mainstream Jobcentre Plus provision is understood and accessible.
Supporting the placement of 18 year olds on the NEET register into support
available through the Young Person’s Guarantee which includes Future Jobs
Fund support, Routes into Work, Work-focused Training, and Community
Task Force work experience placements.
Working with the 14-19 Team to ensure targeted support to those identified
NEETs, developing a ‘Transition to Employment Course’ involving schools
and employers which includes work experience and volunteering
opportunities, training on application writing, CV writing techniques, and
interview techniques to increase the chances of achieving sustainable
Work with the Apprenticeships Team to support more public and private
sector apprenticeship opportunities and identified progression routes.
Make use of/develop effective mentoring schemes to support young people
into provision and employment
Improved joint working with Connexions to improve take up of this support
and links beyond that.
More preventative work and support in schools
At risk young people achieve wellbeing
ETE for Care leavers
This has been recognised as an area for development through the Young Southwark
Partnership, as the LAA target 2008/09 figure of 61.90% for this indicator was a
decrease of 5.6% on the previous year.
Work more closely with the CLA services, supporting Jobcentre Plus and their
role on the NEET CLA group
Support the Cohort tracking group to understand the employment and training
needs of this group
Work more closely with Pathway Plans to include employment and training
options; more sign posting to employment and training opportunities through the
Adolescent and After Care Service; targeted support for teenage parents
ETE for Young Offenders
Work more closely with the YOT
Support the tracking of young offenders through employment services and
ensure access to support where required
Assist young offenders to enter education, employment or training through
current VCS provision
Independence for children and Young People with Learning Difficulties
Improve access to and quality of IAG for this group
Encourage and support joint commissioning of services were appropriate to
Work with the 14-19 partnership to develop better ways of working across
directorates to better target resources to improve outcomes for young people and
their families. Joint commissioning could be considered in the following areas:
Increased work experience provision through Southwark Works Foot in the Door
Funding a provider to deliver the ‘transition to employment course’;
Targeted support for young parents, Care Leavers and those with Learning
Difficulties and Disabilities - including childcare support; preventative/early
intervention support in schools and advice services
While over 60% of Southwark’s residents are White1, only 36% of claimants between
the age of 18 and 24 fell into this ethnic group in April 2008, since then this figure has
increased to almost 38% over 08/09.
The second largest ethnic group in Southwark is Black or Black British (20.9%),
which is broken down further into subgroups of Black African (12.7% of Southwark’s
population) and Black Caribbean (6.6%). Both subgroups have a higher
representation in Southwark’s claimant stock than is seen in Southwark’s resident
population as a whole, although the proportion for each subgroup is seen to be
consistently falling since the second quarter of 08/09.
We find that there are a higher proportion of young males than females claiming JSA,
as is the case for Southwark as a whole. Increases in the number of claimants of
each gender have been similar, meaning the neither appears to be more
disadvantaged than the other in the current economic climate.
Emerging milestones and/or future actions
Economic Development is currently working with teams in Corporate Strategy and
Children’s Services to explore ways in which better support can be given to school
leavers at risk of becoming NEETs, and testing new ways of developing better
pathways into training and employment for this group.
Elaine Gunn, Project Development Manager- Economic Delivery.
2 February 2010
All population estimates for Southwark are taken from ONS 2006 mid-year estimates