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New Government Work and Health Programme

If you support people in ways that enhance their employability, you may already have been approached by companies who are planning to bid for the Government's new Work and Health Programme. However, all those wishing to deliver had to submit an Umbrella Agreement Response to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) by 9th November. DWP will then decide on the 6 providers who will be invited to tender for each of the geographic areas.

European Funding Update

As highlighted in the last bulletin, the Government is continuing to process and contract on European funding applications that are in the system, including the stage 2 applications under Building Better Opportunities (BBO). New calls for applications for unallocated funds are likely to be made in the New Year although there will be greater clarity after the publication of the Autumn Statement. Future projects will need to align with national strategic priorities.

Reed in Partnership employment support in Stoke and Staffordshire

Reed in Partnership has recently been successful in its application for European funding (European Social Fund) under the DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) stream of employment support activity for Stoke and Staffordshire. From the end of November, Reed and its delivery partners will have key workers on the ground helping the unemployed and those who are inactive to find work and to stay in those jobs. Specifically the following organisations will be delivering the contract in these areas:

The Kitchen Shop Recognised for Providing Regular Work Experience Opportunities

Talent Match Staffordshire, the Lichfield based charity supporting 18-24 yr olds into work, has presented an award to The Kitchen Shop for outstanding support of the project.

The Kitchen Shop, on Market Street in Lichfield, has been involved with Talent Match for a long time and has helped by taking on ten people, so far, for work experience and training. It’s this kind of work experience which has led to more successful applications for employment and which demonstrates the kind of social value businesses can create in their communities.

Talent Match External Evaluator Tender Opportunity

Talent Match Staffordshire are looking for an external evaluator to assess how effectively their project is meeting the needs of their beneficiaries and whether the project is effectively achieving the outcomes for which it was developed.

An independent evaluation of the project will provide them with external verification that the model of delivery is of high quality and based on a sound evidence base.

Apprentice Recruitment Information Session (Lichfield)

Talent Match Staffordshire are recruiting an Accounts apprentice and Business Administration (level 2) apprentice.

If you want more information or want help to complete the application, please come along to our information sessions:

  • Cannock: Tuesday 26 July (2-4pm, drop-in) at Cannock College Campus, The Green, Cannock, WS11 1UE
  • Lichfield: Wednesday 27 July (2-4pm, drop-in) at Lichfield College Campus, The Friary, Lichfield, WS13 6QG

If you're on Talent Match and need help with travel to attend we can help support that.