Employment support services in the North East will undergo transition in 2017 as the European Social Fund Investment programme is commissioned and the Government’s Work Programme and Work Choice are replaced by the Work and Health Programme.
The challenge will be to ensure a well co-ordinated and integrated system that meets the needs of the area and delivers effective services to residents with a range of barriers to work. A greater focus on supporting more residents into work, as part of an inclusive growth approach, will be central to the refreshed North East Strategic Economic Plan, due to be published later this year.
The North East Local Enterprise Partnership, in partnership with North East Local Authorities, wants to engage with providers - both current and future deliverers - to brief them on the North East Strategic Economic Plan refresh, the labour market and policy context for employment and health support services, the European Social Investment Fund programme, and new ways of working together.
You're invited to join us at:
Employment Services Provider North East Briefing
15th December, 13:00-16:00
National Glass Centre
It will be an opportunity to hear from the North East LEP and Local Authorities, and other providers, about changes to the landscape in 2017 and to explore ways of working together for a more integrated and more effective system to meet the needs of the North East.
Topics covered will include:
· The North East Strategic Economic Plan refresh
· North East labour market challenges and opportunities
· Policy context: North East Commission for Health and Social Care Integration, DWP
Improving Lives Green Paper etc.
· European Social Investment Fund - Current programme and future opportunities
· Key messages and ways of working
There will also be an opportunity for a roundtable discussion.