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					ID                       HotSW LEP Priorities
ProductivityEnterprise   ·          D rive Productivity and Enterprise: By stimulating greater innovation and creating an economic environment, we will
                         support the competitiveness of businesses and social enterprises. This will enable them to make better use of their
                         knowledge assets in order to drive forward an enterprise culture and exploitation of new communication technologies. We
                         believe this will provide the best possible platform to encourage new business growth and improve productivity.

                         ·          A ttract New Business and Investment : By supporting businesses to compete both within the South West and outside in
NewBusiness              the wider global economy, we will help our businesses exploit opportunities to extend their customer and supply base. We
                         will also work with partners to encourage new collaborations and develop exporting opportunities. Finally, we will raise the
                         profile of our area for inward investment and secure additional funding.

MaximiseEmployment       ·          M aximise Employment Opportunities: By ensuring that people living in HotSW areas acquire, maintain and enhance the
                         skills and aspirations needed to secure fulfilling, long-term employment. We will work to stimulate employment growth and
                         encourage the retention of relevant skills within an ageing workforce, while taking advantage of graduate opportunities.

InfrastructureMarkets    ·          P romote Infrastructure to Connect with Markets: By making the case for critical infrastructure which will allow South
                         West businesses to access opportunities and compete effectively.
Somerset ESB
Increasing Employment, Raising Skills
Somerset Employment and Skills Board - Action Plan 2012/13                                                                 N.B Select Print Area before printing
ESB         Sub-group      Project Name        Project Content & Aims                                          Timescale   Status         LEP Priorities           HotSW ESB Priorities            Addresses                                         Progress update - October 2012   Next steps




                                               Develop a new independent employer-focused website for                                                                                                                                                Meeting with Somerset Web            Agree 'theme'; approve draft
                                               businesses to engage with the ESB, e.g. raise issues and/or                                                       Improve access to business &      Employer access to impartial advice regarding     Services; Trim 'Theme'           content; supply content to Somerset
Somerset    Executive      Website             access local recruitment and training information/solutions     1yrs        In progress    ProductivityEnterprise enterprise support                recruitment and training                          proposed.                              Web Services for 'build'.
                                               Sponsorship of the Somerset Business Awards new Skills for                                                                                                                                                                                 Kath to present award on 16
                                               Growth category to celebrate and promote employer                                                                                                                                                     Applicants visited and             November 2012; Consider lessons
Somerset    Executive      Skills Award        investments in training and enterprise education                1yrs        Complete       ProductivityEnterprise Promote enterprise education      Various                                           shortlisted.                              learned/evaluate.
                                               Provide the ESB and stakeholders with an easily accessible one-                                                                                                                                                                             Update due; responsibility for
                                               stop-shop for employment and skills data in Somerset, to                                                          Improve access to business &      Our understanding of employers' needs, now and                                         future actions to pass to EDGAR;
Somerset    Executive      Data Dashboard      increase understanding of need                                  1yrs        Complete       ProductivityEnterprise enterprise support                in the future.                                  None.                                        Stakeholder review.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Employers' definition of preparedness for work/
                                               Adopt good practice from Torbay to provide learners and                                                                                             employability skills and training providers'/
                           Employability       employers with a means of developing and assessing                                                            Support the development of            schools' understanding of the required                                             Scope requirements; review West of
Somerset    Executive      Certificate         employability.                                                  3yrs        In development MaximiseEmployment generic employability skills          employability skills.                           ?                                           England approach;
                           Ambassadors/        Identify employer ambassadors/champions to champion good                                                          Improve access to business &                                                        New employer executive
Somerset    Executive      Champions           practice in recruitment and workforce development               3yrs        In development ProductivityEnterprise enterprise support                Various                                           members identified.                                              tba
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Key contracts spreadsheet to be
                                                                                                                                                                                            Our understanding of the common barriers to                                               circulated to partners. Opportunity
                                                                                                                                                                                            participation and current support solutions;             Technical blockages              to access resources via EDF-funded
            Increasing                   Produce a searchable database of pre-employment support                                                                                            Employers' and individuals' awareness of                 experienced. Key contracts       Young Person's Support Worker and
            Employment                   services to raise awareness and increase cross-referrals                                                            Improve access to employment available support; Speedy access to the full range         spreadsheet updated as           Community Council contacts to be
Somerset    Network    Provision mapping between agencies to remove barriers to work                           1yrs        In progress    MaximiseEmployment opportunities for local people of impacrtial IAG.                                       interim measure.                 explored.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Toolkit to be uploaded to Somerset
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Advice Network webpage and link
            Increasing                                                                                                                                                                      The quality of referrals to Somerset jobs; Local                                          circulated to partners.     Obtain
            Employment                    Create a toolkit for Work Club coordinators to share good                                                          Support the development of     advertising of opportunities; Speedy access to the                                        feedback and evaluate impact of
Somerset    Network    Work Clubs Toolkit practice and improve quality of service to jobseekers                1yrs        Complete       MaximiseEmployment generic employability skills   full range of impartial IAG.                       Toolkit complete.                      project.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               30+ individuals supported by a
                                                                                                                                                                                            Employers' and individuals' awareness of           mentor; 2 x applications to
            Increasing                                                                                                                                                                      available support; The capacity of SMEs to support bespoke support fund, 0 x
            Employment                     Deliver DWP-funded Flexible Support Fund project to support a                                                     Improve access to employment employability programmes; Availability of in-        applications to SME support             Provider Performance and Review
Somerset    Network    Action for Somerset min. 100 individuals into or closer to work                   1yrs              In progress    MaximiseEmployment opportunities for local people work support (for new apprentices).                fund.                                    meeting to be held in November.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ongoing review and trouble-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     West Somerset Community                 shooting. Youth Contract
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     College now a NEET                Information Sharing protocol to be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Programme sub-contractor             agreed. IE Network review to
            Increasing                                                                                                                                                                                                                               covering West Somerset.            improve contract monitoring and
            Employment     Contract            To monitor DWP/SFA/ESF contracts to ensure benefits to                                                        Support the development of                                                              Agreement for local Placement      avoid conflicts of interest among
Somerset    Network        monitoring          Somerset are maximised                                          1yrs        In progress    MaximiseEmployment generic employability skills         Maximising benefits to Somerset.                   Panels to be established.                       providers.
            Increasing     Supported self-                                                                                                                                                        Availability of work experience and enterprise
            Employment     employment          Review sufficiency of self-employment support services,                                                             Improve access to business &   activities; Availability and perceived value of
Somerset    Network        pathways            including New Enterprise Allowance, and consider response       1yrs        In development ProductivityEnterprise   enterprise support             alternative pathways to employment.              N/A                                                               tba
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Employer engagement with and understanding of
            Increasing                                                                                                                                                                            how welfare to work provision can help them find
            Employment Employer Literature Streamline information regarding supported employment for                                                               Improve access to employment the right people; Initiative overload and
Somerset    Network    Review              under-represented groups to boost inclusive recruitment             1yrs        In development MaximiseEmployment       opportunities for local people disjointed contact with employers.               No recent action.                                                 tba
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Decision to withdraw from
                                               Review opportunities for Somerset's hospitality and tourism                                                         Support the acquisition of     Influencing and aligning the education and       application process due to lack    No further action planned at this
Somerset    Skills Forum   HOSST Project       industry                                                        3yrs        Complete       ProductivityEnterprise   technical and STEM skills      training provider offer; Employer access         of match-funding.                                 time.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Initiative overload and disjointed contact with
                           Training-           Explore feasibility of developing an employer skills gateway to                                                     Improve access to business &   employers; Employer access to impartial advice Provider consultation and
Somerset    Skills Forum   supermarket.com     Somerset training providers.                                    3yrs        In development ProductivityEnterprise   enterprise support             regarding recruitment and training;              assessment of risks.               Review employer requirements.
                                               Present the value of training in Somerset and promote the                                                           Promoting inward investment / Maximising the value of training to the Somerset Intelligence gathered              Present findings to ESB as part of
Somerset    Skills Forum   Try Local/Buy Local Somerset 'offer' to employers                                   1yrs        In development NewBusiness              exports                        economy.                                         regarding total contract value.  Education-focused Board meeting.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  The introduction of employer contributions and
                                                                                                                                                                                                  awareness of available funding for training;
                                               At least one roadshow event in each District, targeting                                                                                            Employer access to impartial advice regarding
                                               identified Business Parks/sectors, to promote training and                                                          Increase the supply of         recruitment and training; Reduction in NAS
Somerset    Skills Forum   Skills Roadshow     apprenticeships to employers                                    1yrs        In development MaximiseEmployment       Apprenticeship opportunities impartial advice and support to SMEs;              tbc                                                               tba
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Raising aspirations; The development and         Proposal developed by
                           Higher Education in Increase awareness of and access to Higher Education Provision                                                      Promote uptake of higher level funding of HE provision in Somerset; Educational Somerset colleges and           Approval of funding by SCC;
Somerset    Skills Forum   Somerset            in Somerset                                                    5+ yrs       In development ProductivityEnterprise   skills                         achievement;                                     submitted to SCC.               Presentation to ESB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              EU funding bid unsuccessful.
                                             DSTPN application to deliver European Social Funded Skills                                                   Support the acquisition of                                                          Activity to be combined with
Somerset   Skills Forum   Have a Go!         Tasters across Somerset.                                        1yrs   In development ProductivityEnterprise technical and STEM skills        Raising aspirations;                               skills roadshow concept.         See above.

                                             Maintain a record of all planned developments and identify                                                Develop skills supply around      Our understanding of employers skills needs now      Information now collated and         MACE to draft a proposal for LA
Somerset   EDGAR          Growth map         opportunities for local employment and training                 1yrs   In progress     NewBusiness        prioriy locations / growth points and in the future.                                   reviewed at EDGAR.                               review.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Employers' and individuals' awareness of             Email address established. FOI
                                             Create a redundancy alert and collate details of redundancies                                                                               available support; Speedy access to the full range   exemptions confirmed.
Somerset   EDGAR          Redundancy alert   to ensure a rapid response                                      1yrs   Complete        MaximiseEmployment Rapid response to redundancies of impartial IAG.                                       Limited use.                           Increased awareness raising.
                                             Adopt a consistent approach to s106 negotiations and contract
                          LA Planning &      clauses to increase developer/contractor contributions to local                                           Improve access to employment                                                                                                         SCC/TDBC to meet with
Somerset   EDGAR          Procurement        employment and training                                         3yrs   In progress     MaximiseEmployment opportunities for local people Various                                                 None.                                          Procurement Teams.

				
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