Expression of Interest - Place based employment and skills commissioning

The purpose of this Expression of Interest is to help us recruit local areas. When considering how we recruit local areas, we will need to factor in the answers to the questions below and ensure there is a geographic, political, urban / rural, and type of authority balance.


DEADLINE: 17.00, MONDAY 9 DECEMBER 2019

We know how important it is to get the local skills and employment right offer for your residents and businesses. That’s why we have initiated a support offer delivered by Shared Intelligence to help councils and combined authorities and their partners work through any challenges they are facing.

The process will support five areas to identify their individual challenges and define and deliver the type of support required. Shared Intelligence will then work closely with each of the areas on their identified challenge over a four-week period. The aim of this four-week process is to facilitate conversations to support areas looking to resolve particular employability and skills issues, and explore what they can do now to improve the offer, and how they can work towards a Work Local place based approach. Participating areas will need to commit to sending a team to at least two workshops before March. The first to help areas identify local challenges and their needs from a support offer and the second, after the four weeks of local work, to share learning between areas. Participation will require a lead officer to undertake work in preparation for their bespoke support offer. Completing the process will enable councils to learn from a number of local areas, contribute to a national debate on local responses to employment and skills policy, and receive bespoke support to help them begin to tackle local employment and skills challenges. 

Please ensure your application has the support of a senior responsible officer and / or chief executive of your organisation(s). The deadline for applications is Monday 9 December (17.00), and you should expect to hear from us week commencing 16 December. The project lead from each recruited area will be invited to participate in a steering group meeting at the LGA office in Westminster on Wednesday 8 January 2020 (11.00-14.00)
If any queries or issues with the form please direct it localism@local.gov.uk
Please provide name, position and contacts details of proposed project lead