Worklessness Review Delivery Plan Theme 1 – Childcare Outcome – More parents are encouraged to return or remain in work through increased flexibility in childcare services Issues identified by the OSC Examine ways in which better information on childcare funding can be made available to parents and to frontline workers Review the Childcare Sufficiency Plan to examine perception of supply and demand Key action Milestones (steps along the way) Achievement Date How will we Impact & Lead measure? * 1a Identify childcare Establish childcare implications arising from the Child Poverty Bill and GC/ JCP Report with needs and improve Welfare Reform agenda. Jan 2010 recommendations flexibility of provision Identify childcare needs through structured interviews and skills GC –Economic No of people in Gateshead to assessments (IAG) Development A advised on support more parents A balanced range of childcare Jobling Mar 2010 childcare to work is co-ordinated across Job Centre Plus to gather information on childcare demand and S Cassie - JCP % of lone Gateshead and meets the develop a robust system to share details with partners March 2010 parents being needs of families and advised businesses - Parents access Review current ‘Childcare Routeway tool’ to ensure unmet demand in GC Early Years S childcare that enables them to school based childcare provision is addressed Nichols Dec 09 % Reduction in access training return/remain Consult parents on their childcare needs to better understand the full unmet demand in employment range of issues they face P Stephens April Review and agree new Childcare Sufficiency Plan 2011 Implement the flexible childcare pilot for 2 year olds. GC Early Years J. No of children Implement access to 15 hours flexible provision via the Bachelor taking up o Creation of 3-4 years provision – 25% most deprived Sept 09 implementation childcare places o Borough wide roll out for all 3-4 years Sept 2010 September 2010 1b Provide flexible Co-ordinate resources across partners to streamline employment GC –Economic employment advice to support activities in Children’s Centres Development – A. No of parents Families are able to access families in Children’s Jobling into work information about employment Centre settings Pilot JCP presence in Children’s Centres Job Centre Plus P through contact and training opportunities o Agree pilot area and arrangements West/ GC – with out based o Pilot Lone Parent Advisor presence Economic JCP staff Review pilot and roll out Development –A Jobling 1c Identify opportunities Identify gaps in employment/self employment in childcare sector JCP, GC – No of people: Skilled childcare workforce to fill skills gaps in Identify training needs and appropriate provision Economic Advised/ in and increased employment childcare provision Provide business advice e.g. to childminders Development / training./ New opportunities in childcare for Early Years – A. businesses local people Jobling / J Robertshaw 1 * - For some measures the baseline will be set during year 1, which will allow targets to be set for subsequent years. Worklessness Review Delivery Plan Theme 2 – Health Outcome – Through increased flexibility in health services encourage more people to return to or remain in work Issues identified by the OSC Examine how to address high numbers of people on health related benefits e.g. explore potential for employment advisors to have links to Health Centres Improve on-line information for doctors on the services available to address worklessness Examine support and available for carers Key action Milestones (steps along the way) Achievement Date How will we Impact & Lead measure? * 2a Provide links to Contribute to the Gateshead Information Network (GIN) portal, GC –Economic No of hits on Gain an understanding of GP employment and providing doctors with appropriate information to help their patients Development – A. the portal knowledge about training support overcome barriers to returning work. Jobling worklessness and GP staff through GP surgeries Conduct review of use of employment data on the GIN portal Feedback from are empowered to signpost Hold event with GP surgeries/ pharmacies to inform them about GC –Economic GPs patients to employment employment support available Development – A. support initiatives. Place information in GP surgeries e.g. leaflets, posters Jobling No of referrals 2b Develop initiatives to Assist with Implementation of the Increasing Access to Psychotherapy Gateshead PCT No of people People with mental health support those with (IAPT) Programme in Gateshead Jan roll out in remaining in issues are able to remain in mental health issues Appoint Mental Health Manager in JCP Gateshead employment/ work for longer to remain in/ enter Cost savings employment 2c Help businesses to Pilot Better Health @ Work Project Gateshead PCT – Monitor /reduce People return to employment manage sickness to Evaluate findings M Overton sickness more rapidly following long create healthier Encourage more businesses to participate supported by absence in term sickness workplaces Support more businesses to retain the Better Health @ Work award Gateshead College participating – C Murray organisations Increase No of businesses Health improved, staff remain signed to the in work longer. project by 4 2d Set up schemes to Undertake research including survey/ focus group with carers (including GC Supported by: No of carers Carers are supported to address specialist young carers) and identify issues, barriers and needs Job Centre Plus – accessing develop their skills and ability employment needs of Develop tailored package of support and launch including information, C Davies training to to access employment carers guidance, training, & pathways e.g. self employment, distance learning Voluntary Sector Levels 1 – 4 Train staff and provide information to those working with carers e.g. Training providers No of carers Education Welfare Officers, employers to improve understanding and supported into information about the range of support available employment 2e Respond to policy Investigate through the Integrated Working and Skills Plan customers Job Centre Plus % reduction in Local people are able to find around welfare reform employment and skills needs who have been assessed as fit for work GC – Adult health related employment that is suitable to ensure those that Identify skills gaps and develop training routes and pathway support to Learning – A. benefit claims for their health needs are ‘fit for work’ are meet needs identified by employers. Jobling/ K Pearson No of residents supported into Identify other barriers and patterns e.g. transport, childcare on health related employment that meet Investigate development of a tracking system for individuals declared fit benefits into their health needs for work to identify outcomes employment 2 * - For some measures the baseline will be set during year 1, which will allow targets to be set for subsequent years. Worklessness Review Delivery Plan Theme 3 – Education and Skills Outcome – An ambitious, highly skilled economically active population Issues identified by the OSC Investigate links between non-attendance and aspiration Identify ways to raise the ambition of & improve the skills of residents, especially those with no or few qualifications in hard to reach groups Encourage greater take up of apprenticeships Key action Milestones (steps along the way) Achievement Date How will we Impact & Lead measure? * 3a Undertake research Provide targeted support to families through the Aim Higher Think GC Raising No supported into on aspirations and Family Project Achievement- V employment barriers to Cuneen A well educated community participation and Investigate how to identify families from deprived backgrounds and G.C lead then 50 families engaged which utilises lifelong learning progression to seek agreement to work with them using a co-ordinated working group to for work further and higher multiagency approach to raise aspirations take forward education. Develop a group to take forward this workstream Gateshead people are Investigate potential in undertaking focussed work with 11-14 year GC – Raising Recommendations ambitious and understand the olds around aspirations Achievement. T made link between education, skills, McPartlan employment and quality of life Agree action plan for the Talent Attraction & Retention Strategy GC – Economic See measures in Development S Strategy Population of high achievers Reay - Dec 2009 driven by aspiration and creativity Identify barriers to participation and achievement of Levels 2/3/4 GC – J Walling Incr % of 19 year olds Publicise long term benefits of Level 4 qualifications achieving Levels 2&3 Joined up approach taken to improve aspirations Share evidence with CYP OSC in relation to the Narrowing the Gap GC S Reay/ K Evidence included in Review Bond, Dec 09 OSC reports 3b Improve skills levels Implement £1m SPARC Programme GC. Raising No of referrals Narrowed gap between most amongst hard to Achievement - T and least skilled reach groups and McPartlan No of skills levels those ‘at risk’ of Identify NEET equalities issues particularly amongst those at risk of G’head Consortia of achieved Increased achievement by becoming becoming NEET Providers hard to reach groups and unemployed to Implement a range of non standard programmes targeted at GC Connexions S NEET Statistics completion of programmes. ensure that diverse different groups at risk of becoming NEET Graham needs are met Develop programmes to encourage men into learning to reverse GC Adult Learning trend of male underperformance in education Improve language attainment support for those whose first GC – Adult No of people language is not English and who need to improve their employment Learning K Pearson achieving language opportunities levels 3 * - For some measures the baseline will be set during year 1, which will allow targets to be set for subsequent years. Worklessness Review Delivery Plan Theme 3 – Education and Skills Outcome – An ambitious, highly skilled economically active population Issues identified by the OSC Investigate links between non-attendance and aspiration Identify ways to raise the ambition of & improve the skills of residents, especially those with no or few qualifications in hard to reach groups Encourage greater take up of apprenticeships Implement Revolving Door pilot with 18-30 year old offenders in National Probation No of people Offenders equipped to find prison prior to release Service engaged employment upon prison (Northumbria)/ release GC –Communities & Neighbourhoods R. Gaul Target Family Learning provision to break the generational cycle of GC, Adult Learning- No adults attending Adults are re-introduced to unemployment K Pearson courses learning and develop skills to help them into work 3c Support more Agree and Deliver the Integrated Work and Skills Plan Gateshead Council No referrals made Residents are skilled and gain people into training – H Lee No people supported work experience to help them opportunities and Identify Train to Gain opportunities for residents including those G Council/ GVOC secure future employment apprenticeships who volunteer Establish an Apprenticeships Company for Gateshead Gateshead College No of apprenticeships Increase apprenticeships by 500 in Gateshead as part of the / GC began Economic Resilience Package – Mar 2010 No of completed Increase apprenticeships offered by Gateshead Council to 150 apprenticeships from a baseline of 75 No of apprenticeships started in Gateshead Council Launch new adult learning provision in 3 centres to increase GC Adult Learning No of literacy/ participation and achievement of adults at levels 2 and 3 in the – K Pearson numeracy development of numeracy and literacy skills qualifications & o Civic Centre at Headworks By Dec 09 participation in NVQ o Dryden By Jan 10 qualifications o Central Library By Sept 10 Develop pathways from volunteering to employment Supported by Increase IT literacy of Residents to improve employability GVOC 4 * - For some measures the baseline will be set during year 1, which will allow targets to be set for subsequent years. Worklessness Review Delivery Plan Theme 4 – Employment and Employability Outcome – More people are supported into employment through accessible, flexible, needs based support services Issues to address as identified by the OSC Develop understanding to identify ways to reduce the skills mismatch between job vacancies and the people who might fill them Understand long term and multi generational unemployment and encourage parents to encourage their children to achieve more Examine public transport links to identify any employment barriers that may exist due to transportation issues Training and job opportunities are made available to all people of working age Key action Milestones (steps along the way) Achievement Date How will we Impact & Lead measure? * 4a Undertake research Collect data e.g. GIS; conduct survey/ focus groups and analyse GC Economic Report with into multiple data and use to develop recommendations for future service Development – S recommendations Services are able to respond barriers to development Reay to barriers to employment and employment to Monitor attendees of attend Family Learning programmes to GC Council – K 100% monitored develop ways to overcome Identify how these determine barriers they have to employment and how these can be Pearson these barriers including can be reduced. overcome. generational issues Work with Skills Funding Agency to identify equalities issues e.g. LSC/Skills Fund – Analysis of religion, ethnicity, age in relation to access to training/employment C Ord opportunities s in light barriers for particular groups of research. 4b Overcome Conduct audit of employer vacancies and the types of employment P. West – Job No of vacancies filled Well educated community mismatch between sought by job seekers Centre Plus/ GC which utilises lifelong learning job seekers skills Identify any mis-match/ gaps etc by undertaking focus Better correlation for work and employment groups/survey with unemployed people and employers and between jobs sought, vacancies through establish baseline training opportunities More people able to secure joint working as part Identify initiatives to match skills of job seekers to employer needs Job Centre Plus – P and vacancies employment of the Employment e.g. re-training/ upskilling West Supported by advertised and Skills Plan partners Employers fill vacancies in Develop and implement integrated employment and skills pilot GC Economic % engaged in Gateshead Development – A. training / progression Jobling into employment Agree Gateshead Council Adult Learning and Skills Plan and GC Economic maximise local employment/ training vacancies for residents Development – H through this Plan Lee Supported by training providers 5 * - For some measures the baseline will be set during year 1, which will allow targets to be set for subsequent years. Worklessness Review Delivery Plan Theme 4 – Employment and Employability Outcome – More people are supported into employment through accessible, flexible, needs based support services Issues to address as identified by the OSC Develop understanding to identify ways to reduce the skills mismatch between job vacancies and the people who might fill them Understand long term and multi generational unemployment and encourage parents to encourage their children to achieve more Examine public transport links to identify any employment barriers that may exist due to transportation issues Training and job opportunities are made available to all people of working age 4c Develop innovative Agree the services to be delivered from the new MetroCentre shop Dec 2009 No of employers A well educated community approaches to front facility, including recruitment and redundancy support to both JCP / GC supported which utilises lifelong learning address employers and employees. Economic for work employment Open the new facility offering flexible support to people and Development – A. No of vacancies filled/ barriers businesses. Jobling No of people More people supported into Matrix of training programmes on offer for the unemployed or those Supported by: supported into employment and accessing newly made redundant to be developed by Gateshead College GVOC/ Gateshead employment training. College M. Lindsay Develop and deliver Families Work First Steps learning for project Adult Learning No of people A diverse workforce engaged Utilise the skills of the Third Sector to engage with hard to reach GVOC / GC and diverse groups, encouraging return to work and training. Economic % engaged in training Development J. / progression into Broder employment Promote Financial Inclusion by helping residents overcome debt as GVOC / Economic a barrier to returning to work. Development J. See Financial Broder Inclusion Strategy measures Conduct annual review of transport issues with Nexus around use GC Economic No of people People can access transport of social inclusion budget including identifying any new transport Development/ supported that enables them to access barriers Transport Strategy training and travel to and from Identify further initiatives for job seekers/ those returning to work/ – A. Jobling/S work attending interviews / accessing training such as smart ticketing. Corker Develop sustainable methods to encourage people to get into work such as walking routes/ cycling etc Supported by M. Lindsay Gateshead College 6 * - For some measures the baseline will be set during year 1, which will allow targets to be set for subsequent years. Worklessness Review Delivery Plan Theme 5 – Communication and information Outcome – Enhanced provision through better networking, enhanced communication and research. Issues to address as identified by the OSC Market services more effectively and raise awareness of support available including in work benefits such as Working Tax Credit and childcare provision Ensure that plans take into account the current economic downturn and our short, medium and long term ambitions Take into consideration national plans and policy around worklessness. Undertake a “Worklessness Assessment Key action Milestones (steps along the way) Achievement How will we Impact Date & Lead measure? * 5a Share information to Establish baseline of information on activities being Employment No of correct referrals Services and staff are well informed encourage better joined undertaken by partner organisations and Skills between partners and signpost people effectively up working across Share relevant information to disseminate good practice on Network partner agencies employment support and training programmes being Improved joint working between undertaken across partner agencies GC Economic partners Training people who have been unsuccessful with a work Development l capability assessment V. Cuneen NEET Statistics Appropriate progression and Share information on disengaged or at risk young people to staying on at 16-17 years. ensure appropriate programme placement. GVOC 5b Develop new joint Set up Employment & Skills Network and convene regularly to Employment % attendance and Organisations and agencies access initiatives with partners share good practice, develop joint projects and share and Skills progression into timely information about work to tackle worklessness information. Network training / employment addressing worklessness across in a more co-ordinated Hold joint campaigns/ messages with partners Gateshead. way Identify and agree appropriate method/ tool about No of joint employment links and contacts e.g. Produce a desk top sheet events/campaigns or web based information 5c Improve information Develop a co-ordinated approach to use existing council and Employment Families can access relevant available to local partner promotional literature e.g. Council News, community and Skills information that enables them to people about their newsletters, Gateshead college Publications about Network access support and training to aid work, training and opportunities and support e.g. Working Tax Credit No of referrals via the them into employment childcare options Develop the Family Information Service & include information Early Years Service and into on getting back to work, accessing training and review use of Service 2011 training. Narrowed gap between most and the Childcare Eligibility Checker with frontline staff improve M. Lindsay least skilled information on childcare options and funding Gateshead No of ‘Better off Implement publicity and marketing campaign for the Family College Calculations’ Increased achievement by hard to Information Service & Parent Know How site GC Early undertaken reach groups and completion of Develop information sharing between agencies on ‘at risk’ Years - J programmes. students to ensure appropriate provision and placement Robert Shaw – Pilot employment kiosks in children’s centres and evaluate Dec 2010 7 * - For some measures the baseline will be set during year 1, which will allow targets to be set for subsequent years. Worklessness Review Delivery Plan Theme 5 – Communication and information Outcome – Enhanced provision through better networking, enhanced communication and research. Issues to address as identified by the OSC Market services more effectively and raise awareness of support available including in work benefits such as Working Tax Credit and childcare provision Ensure that plans take into account the current economic downturn and our short, medium and long term ambitions Take into consideration national plans and policy around worklessness. Undertake a “Worklessness Assessment Childcare Information Assistants in place Worklessness No of parents A co-ordinated and consistent Develop and launch a childcare information toolkit for parents Children’s supported back into approach is used to tackle the - e.g. Childcare Directory. Centre Group work/ remain in worklessness and improving the Improve training to provide enhanced benefit / funding info to April 2010 employment economy parents Promotional campaigns to raise awareness of childcare No of parents opportunities - including careers in childcare. accessing childcare Working in partnership with Family Learning, give parents, GC Adult grandparents and carers appropriate information relating to Learning childcare options and entitlement. K Milne 5d Undertake a Compile evidence and analyse GC Economic Assessment State of worklessness in Gateshead Worklessness Agree assessment Development – completed and sued is known and understood by all Assessment Contribute to the statutory economic assessment process S Reay to inform priorities relevant partners and action is in Agree priorities to tackle issues, match training and support Supported by place to tackle issues identified needs to identified barriers M. Lindsay Matrix of support and Gateshead training opportunities. College 5e Ensure that the Align with K Bond/ S Monitoring Joined up approach secured Worklessness Review 10 Point Plan for Economic Resilience Reay – GC arrangements in greater outcomes and overall is linked to national, Health Inequalities Review Implementation Nov 2009 place across the key achievement of this plan. regional and local Financial Inclusion Strategy strands policy initiatives to CYP OSC Narrowing the Gap Review improve the economy Changing national policy Targeted Funding Initiatives 8 * - For some measures the baseline will be set during year 1, which will allow targets to be set for subsequent years.
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