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Experiences of employment and skills devolution: West Yorkshire Combined Authority

The combined authority would like to see devolution across the whole of employment and skills, in order to join up support and avoid duplication.

Bristol: Working closely with local partners to co-produce an innovative employment and skills offer in South Bristol

Through the development of a Work Local model, the council wants to improve employment, skills and workforce development opportunities. By engaging with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to understand their future workforce needs, and working with local partner agencies, the city council is building a support offer for local residents to develop job opportunities and career pathways.

Essex – developing a new approach and Skills Engine

The council is working closely with anchor institutions to identify the plans of large employers, mapping the asset base and developing a ‘Skills Engine’. This will support local recruitment and a drive to increase higher skilled and knowledge-intensive employment.

Haringey – Maximising employment outcomes for Haringey residents facing health barriers to work

Key to being able to leverage the power of partnerships is to have the ability to jointly influence funding, commissioning and resource.

Reading – using data to focus and set a new skills direction

The key learning from the Reading work has been the power and potential of locally relevant data (as opposed to broad UK data) to create a shared understanding of the challenge and stimulate joint action.

Surrey – broadening a partnership agenda around ‘hidden talent’

Although the existing Surrey survey data was a useful tool, the arguments benefited from being broadened out to encompass evidence and examples from beyond Surrey to demonstrate to new partners the economic benefits of employing hidden talent and that this is not just a local agenda but part of a larger set of issues being recognised and championed globally by both small and large employers.

South Ribble – Supporting mental health provision in the local business population

The collaborative working of the South Ribble partnership and the Lancashire Mental Health to Businesses (MH2B) Building Blocks Partnership has allowed South Ribble to be a representative sample of the wider Lancashire area, meaning that the focus on the development can be on a much smaller area, with recommendations able to be rolled out over a larger area.

Increasing children’s resilience to mental health issues

Maldon District Council worked on a prototype project to understand the support requirements for school children transitioning from year 6 to year 7. The aim of the project was to identify children who may be going under the radar with unaddressed mental health concerns and would require support in transitioning from primary to secondary school.

Havering Council - Children and young people: mental health training and support for schools

Bringing together partners to support a whole school approach to mental health and the development of an online resource setting out information on mental health and suicide prevention training and support for schools. This case study was done jointly with the National Suicide Prevention Alliance and forms part of our suicide prevention resource.

North of Tyne Combined Authority: building a mayoral platform for public engagement

The North of Tyne Combined Authority detail how they helped create opportunities for Mayor Jamie Driscoll to directly engage with his constituents.

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