We are pleased to have set up several employment integration partnerships across the country to help maximise employment opportunities for people who face barriers into work, particularly as unemployment continues to surge and the competition for vacancies intensifies.

The partnerships bring together Jobcentre plus, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), local authorities, the VCSE sector, careers, training and housing providers. The objective is that together we can drive employment and skills provision, create employment outcomes, and help local employers to recruit great people.

Despite the challenges ahead, we are collaborating with local employers to develop career pathways in a range of growth sectors including health and social care, constrution and other sectors that have historically found it difficult to recruit people into sustainable jobs.

Careers in Care

In Hampshire and Oxfordshire, we are planning  virtual ‘Careers in Care’ roadshows to encourage local people to consider a career in health and social care. The idea is to break down pre-conceived myths about the sector and introduce it as a well paid, progressive and rewarding career option. The events will include a range of speakers including employers, carers, and receivers of care and their families.

These initial events will facilitate a blue-print of virtual roadshows to encourage jobseekers to reconsider their transferrable skills and how they might apply to a range of new growth sectors.

Careers in Construction

In Southampton, we are working with Southampton Council, DWP, health and other partners to develop career and skills pathways into construction and drive recruitment within the sector – in particular to encourage mature apprenticeships. So far, Southampton Council and their co-providers have had 1,000 people come through their construction programme of which 400 have moved into jobs in construction.

Ideas Labs and innovation forums

In Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Wiltshire, we are working with Jobcentre plus, LEPs, local authorities,  careers, training and housing providers to co-design, drive and deliver tailored employability services to local communities.

In Somerset, we are also teaming up with Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership and Cormac, to run a virtual ‘Forging resilience; work, lives and community’ event. The event will bring together around 200 partners to share ideas, resources and agree actions that will transform innovative ‘light bulb’ moments into a reality.

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