Innovation in tackling productivity issues: UK Futures

We have been pleased to assist the UK Commission for Employment and Skills in promoting their UK Futures innovation programme, a series of competitions targeting productivity and workforce development challenges. Competitions have included: tackling low pay and progression in retail and hospitality encouraging ‘anchor institutions‘ to bring forward...

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Employer ownership of skills

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills has a priority to give employers greater responsibility and ownership in developing the skills needed for growth, not least through the BIS-funded Employer Ownership of Skills (EOS) pilot programme. This is funding innovative, collaborative, employer-led projects capable of transforming the delivery of...

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Prospects Trust facilitation

The Prospects Trust is a well-established charity near Cambridge which works with people who have learning disabilities. They provide training and work opportunities in horticulture, organic market gardening, and off-site garden services. They were one of the runners-up in the National Lottery 'People's Millions' competition in...

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Worklessness co-design

DWP have worked with local authorities, Jobcentre Plus and local partners in five areas to develop Co-Design Pilots, testing new solutions in tackling worklessness - in a world where local authorities are had to rethink their role, given greatly reduced resources and the advent of...

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Responding to public sector redundancies

We worked with Kevin Griffiths of Chrysalis Outcomes for Wolverhampton College to assess the likely local impact of public sector redundancies and options open to local partners to mitigate the worst effects. Questions posed of local partners included: what were their plans for restructuring and...

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Doncaster Work and Skills Plan

Derrick Johnstone advised Doncaster Council and their partners in the Local Strategic Partnership on their Work and Skills Plan. This built on the Local Economic Assessment and set out to make the most of the added value of partnership working, in the context of far-reaching changes...

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Working Neighbourhoods Fund two years on

Derrick Johnstone was commissioned as a Local Improvement Advisor (LIA) to help the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) gather a picture of the use and impact of the Working Neighbourhoods Fund (WNF). This Fund was established by DCLG and the Department of Work...

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Working Neighbourhoods Fund Evaluation Scoping

The Working Neighbourhoods Fund (WNF) was established by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in 2008, with allocations to 65 local authorities to help them and their partners tackle concentrations of worklessness. We were members of a...

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