Description of the goods or services required
Maintaining and progressing in employment for people with multiple barriers in Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP area (OC12S19P1447)
Call to run a project to provide additional support to address skills shortages or needs where there are gaps or specific barriers preventing individual progression and up-skilling for those in work in the GBSLEP area.
•This Call is to provide additional support to address skills shortages or needs where there are gaps or specific barriers preventing individual progression and up-skilling for those in work.
•Contribute to the development of access to science and technology skills for people with multiple barriers to employment, potentially through creating a Centre of Excellence or Skills Academy in one of our key sectors, for example, Digital Technologies; Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering; Creative Industries; Construction; Life and Health Sciences; Low Carbon & Environmental Technologies & Services; Business, Professional and Financial Services.
•Addressing wider participation issues by increasing the number employed people with multiple barriers gaining higher level skills in subjects which will help them to progress in employment and increase their earnings.
•Supporting residents in work who may have barriers preventing them from raising their skills levels, including, those who consider themselves to have a disability, those with learning disabilities, those from ethnic minorities and those who are in a single adult household with dependent children. Assessment will be made of the skills and abilities that are needed to enable them to compete for higher level jobs. Up-skilling can be achieved through professional and technical education, including degree apprenticeships and/or the academic pathways.
•Develop a culture of enterprise and entrepreneurialism for all but especially those under 25. This links to the retention of graduates and skills needed to support their sustainable employment in the LEP area. The provision of increased support for this group would impact positively on both enterprise rates and labour market skills levels locally.
•Address the need for leadership and management and other higher skills training in sectors where the average skills levels of the workforce are low, especially in the LEP priority sectors.
•Contribute to replacement and growth demand, particularly within key sectors such as Digital Technologies and Advanced Manufacturing. Strong international competition means that sustained growth relies on increased productivity and innovation, again needing higher level skills.
•Contribute to the GBSLEP Priority Growth Sectors: Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering; Digital and Creative Industries; Life and Health Sciences; Low Carbon & Environmental Technologies & Services; Business, Professional and Financial Services; as well as sectors where there is significant job replacement demand or are key to our business needs: Health and Social Care, particularly adult care; Transport & logistics; Retail; Hospitality and Tourism; Construction & Infrastructure; Digital & Tech; Food & Drink; Emerging Technologies.