FUNDING: London Council ESF – Response to Disorder
Funder: London Councils ESF
Programme Name: Response to Disorder
Funding available: £3.5m in total
- LB Ealing: One contract worth £475k
- LB Southwark: One contract worth £212k
- LBs Enfield, Haringey & Waltham Forest: Four contracts worth £2.85m in total
- Enfield, Haringey and WF will have one combined specification (worth £1.083m) and three individual specifications (each worth £547k)
Period: Projects will start no earlier than 1st May 2012 and end no later than 30th July 2015.
Deadline and method for applications: Deadline 12 noon on Monday 16th April
Eligibility: Please note that this round is not restricted to voluntary sector providers, but is open to any properly constituted solvent organisation able to work in the target borough.
P: GLE, 10-12 Queen Elizabeth Street London SE1 2JN.
T: 020 7940 1518 (David Jones) or 0207 940 1565 (Stephen Boon
London Councils will be running an application workshop to support those tendering for ESF funding at 9:30 on Tuesday 3 April at London Councils. Places are limited so please ensure you book your place by contacting David Jones or Stephen Boon at GLE, 10-12 Queen Elizabeth Street London SE1 2JN.
This project is intended to support the Ealing’s Work & Skills strategy in offering a co-ordinated and comprehensive pathway of tailored support into sustained employment, addressing key skills needs and barriers to work along the way.
For this project 25% of participants must be unemployed (i.e. claiming JSA) and 75% of participants must be economically inactive (i.e. ESA/IB, IS or non-benefit claimants). The programme will aim to complement existing provision so in all cases participants cannot be accessing existing Department for Work and Pensions (e.g. the Work Programme and ESF families with multiple problems programme).
Delivery for this project will need to be targeted at wards with more than the Ealing average of residents on out of work benefits (which is 12% based on May 11 DWP benefits). These are: Acton Central, Dormers Wells, East Acton, Elthorne, Greenford Broadway, Northolt Mandeville, Northolt Broadway, Norwood Green, South Acton, Southall Broadway, Southall Green.
Projects will need to provide comprehensive support to residents leading to sustained employment of at least 26 weeks. A significant proportion of participants will need to undertake a work or volunteering placement with specific aims and outcomes to prepare them for work and host employers should be from a range of sectors. Where necessary, participants should also undertake ESOL or Skills for Life training (note that on this project payment for this output will only be paid for participants who are economically inactive).
Prior to entering employment we would also expect the following kinds of support to be offered/provided to participants:
- CV development and jobsearch support
- Confidence/self esteem building
- Health advice and support
- Better Off Calculations and financial and debt advice
- Accredited or non-accredited vocational training
- Advice or support with childcare needs
Participants will be supported into sustainable employment which provides opportunities for progression. The project will provide in-work support to both the participant and the employer. Employment can include social enterprise or apprenticeship opportunities as long as a contract of employment can be evidenced.
LB’s Enfield, Haringey & Waltham Forest
The project will build on the success of the first two phases of the North London Pledge to support a minimum of 600 people in Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forest to achieve 26 weeks sustained employment by September 2014.
The project will be divided into four grant packages. The first grant package will be delivered across Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forest and will support a minimum of 240 people into sustained employment for 26 weeks by September 2014. This grant package will require a consortium of at least three delivery partners.
The remaining three grant packages will be delivered in the individual boroughs (i.e. one in each of Enfield, Haringey, Waltham Forest) and will each support a minimum of 120 people into sustained employment for 26 weeks by September 2014.
25% of participants must be unemployed (i.e. claiming JSA) and 75% of participants must be economically inactive (i.e. ESA/IB, IS or non-benefit claimants). The programme will aim to complement existing provision so in all cases participants cannot be accessing existing Department for Work and Pensions (e.g. the Work Programme and ESF families with multiple problems programme).
Effective engagement of participants will be seen as a key element of this ESF project. As a result, delivery partners will be expected to offer support from a range of public and community venues across the three boroughs including (but not limited to):
- Customer service centres
- Community centres
- Children’s centres
- GPs surgeries
- Housing offices
In addition, delivery partners will need to set out how they plan to effectively engage with employers to source appropriate employment opportunities for participants.
This project will support a sustained relationship with young people 18-24 to support their transition from education into employment.
The project will target specific high-volume sectors in the local labour market or specific employers. Sectors which currently experience high volume of vacancies locally include Childcare, Driving, Security, Retail, Health and Social Care. Project proposals that target employers in a sector not listed above will also be considered, where there is an accompanying strong evidence-based case for this.
Project participants must be engaged and supported to develop their employability skills, to gain sector-specific skills and qualifications, to access work placement opportunities, and to secure and sustain employment in the targeted sector or employers through job brokerage and in-work support.
The project should aim to target 75% economically inactive and 25% unemployed participants. These targets will be kept under review as the impact of welfare reform on benefits status emerges over the project lifetime. Project participants must not be receiving support from other ESF or DWP Work Programme funded activity and applicants must demonstrate how this project will avoid duplication and complement existing provision.
The project should target participant recruitment from the Camberwell, Walworth and Peckham areas. Referrals and participant engagement should be drawn from Southwark voluntary and community organisations, Southwark Works and Jobcentre Plus.