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.
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.