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Supplementary memorandum by the Convergence Partnership Office for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

INTRODUCTION

  1.  This supplementary evidence follows the oral evidence session on 7 January 2010 and provides: examples of the results and impacts of the use of ESF in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly; an overview of the involvement of the voluntary and community sector in the implementation of JCP/DWP ESF Convergence co-financing; and an overview of Cornwall Works—the strategy for all welfare to work activity across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

EXAMPLES OF THE RESULTS AND IMPACTS OF THE USE OF ESF CONVERGENCE IN CORNWALL AND THE ISLES OF SCILLY

(a)   JCP/DWP Co-financing

  2.  The Jobcentre Plus/DWP ESF Convergence programmes of activity deliver for Priority 4—Overcoming Barriers to Employment. They are targeted at people who are most disadvantaged in the labour market, with a minimum of 65% of participants coming from disadvantaged/hard to reach groups. In order to ensure the best possible chance of retention and progression in the workplace, providers must ensure that participants move into jobs with ongoing training and/or personal development.

HEADLINE CONVERGENCE ESF PERFORMANCE TO DATE (DECEMBER 2009)


TargetPerformance

Participant Starts4,161 4,397+ 5.7%
Leavers into Work1,155 1,239+ 7.3%




    — 40% of participants were economically inactive when engaged onto the programme. The overall target for Priority 4 is 34%.

    — In the most recently published Priority 4 co-financing organisation data for the Programme Monitoring Committee (August 2009), 50% of the JCP/DWP participant starts were starts on ESF Convergence programmes. 85% of leavers into work were leavers from ESF Convergence programmes.

    — In the calendar year from January-December 2009, an average of 93 people left DWP ESF Convergence provision to go into work with training each month, that is more than three people every day of the year.

  [NB—This Jobcentre Plus local performance information is drawn from information based on provider returns. It is real time data and therefore runs ahead of the validated Management Information that is fed into ESF Division from the DWP national database.]

(b)   Unlocking Cornish Potential (graduate placement)

  3.  In its first five years Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP):

    — placed 234 graduates with 149 Cornish Businesses;

    — 59% of the businesses reported an increase in turnover—with an average of over £128k in the first 12 months of employing the graduate;

    — 70% of UCP graduates were offered a full time job with their host business after completing their projects;

    — Over 50% of the graduates were originally from Cornwall.

INVOLVEMENT OF THE VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY SECTOR IN IMPLEMENTATION OF JCP/DWP CO -FINANCING IN ESF CONVERGENCE

  4.  The following provides a breakdown of the delivery of the ESF Convergence JCP/DWP programmes by the voluntary and community sector, with a brief description of the activity.


Programme and Prime ProviderTotal no of
sub-contractors
% VCSName of VCS provider Description of Activity


Cornwall
Works Plus

15

73%
Penwith Community Development Trust Full end to end delivery in West Penwith and the Isles
of Scilly
Working
Links
Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change Full end to end delivery in Falmouth, Truro and Newquay
£10.9 million Convergence
ESF invested
Volunteer Cornwall Structured Volunteering Programme across Cornwall & Isles of Scilly
Groundwork TrustActivities to inspire and engage people to join the programme through environmental activity in
east Cornwall
British Trust for Conservation VolunteersActivities to inspire and engage people to join the programme through environmental activity in west Cornwall
ShelterSpecialist advice and
support to overcome
housing issues where these are a barrier to progression towards/into work
PentreathSpecialist advice, support and activities for people where mental ill health is a barrier to progression towards/into work
Cornwall Citizens Advice BureauxSpecialist advice, support and money management for people where debt and lack of financial literacy is a barrier to progression towards/into work
Cornwall Alcohol and Drugs ActionSpecialist advice and
support for people where substance misuse is a
barrier to progression towards/into work
RNIBSpecialist advice, support and activities for people where vision impairment is a barrier to progression towards/into work
RNIDSpecialist advice, support and activities for people where hearing impairment is a barrier to progression towards/into work
Cornwall
Works for
Social Enterprise

7

86%
Fifteen Cornwall An inspirational programme to train and develop chefs of the future


Cornwall
Council
The Eden Project Motivation and confidence building, work experience and training in a range of occupations on site

£4.2 million Convergence
ESF invested
Real Ideas Organisation Personal and skills development, work experience and business
start up support within the arts-based industries sector
ReZolve KernowTraining and work experience in a broad range of occupations within environmentally based
social enterprises
Cornwall Citizens Advice BureauxThrough the in depth CAB training programme, developing people to
become specialist advisers
as a route into work and to provide additional support to other participants across the CWSE programme
PentreathWork placements, training and development for people experiencing mental ill
health within media related social enterprises
Cornwall
Works for Learning Disabilities
4100%Cornwall People First Engagement, assessment
and personalised action planning for people with learning disabilities
Cornwall
Council

£1.5 million Convergence
ESF invested
Brandon Trust Delivery of person centred action plans to help people with learning disabilities move into real work opportunities. Supported by job coaches. West Cornwall
Home Farm TrustDelivery of person centred action plans to help people with learning disabilities move into real work opportunities. Supported by job coaches. East Cornwall
United ResponseDelivery of person-centred action plans to help people with learning disabilities move into real work opportunities. Supported by job coaches. Mid Cornwall



CORNWALL WORKS

  5.  Cornwall Works, launched in October 2006, provides a strategy and an over-arching brand for the delivery of all welfare to work activity—both mainstream and ESF Convergence funded—in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

  6.  ESF Convergence—all DWP/JCP ESF co-financing—alongside all mainstream provision and new initiatives to tackle worklessness is developed within the Cornwall Works strategy.

  7.  Cornwall Works provides a strategy and delivery framework for all interventions aimed at helping people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly who are looking to progress to, enter and remain in work.

  8.  The development of Cornwall Works has been led by Jobcentre Plus on behalf of the Cornwall Strategic Partnership, and set within the scope of Inclusion Cornwall one of the thematic partnerships of the CSP (see also www.cornwallworks.org.uk).

  9.  Cornwall Works came about through Cornwall's Local Area Agreement, acknowledging the good track record of delivery and partnership working, but recognising that in order to have a sustained impact on the difficult and complex aspects of worklessness—including the inter-relationships with health, housing, crime, education, child poverty, child education, etc.—we needed to take partnership working to a new level. Cornwall Works is not a project but brings together initiatives, partners and organisations to ensure that there is appropriate support in the right place, at the right time for all mutual customers. The aim is to change the behaviours and ways organisations work together to achieve this single goal in a way that will outlast any single funding initiative.

  10.  Cornwall Works also provides a single point of entry for individuals and organisations supporting workless people, or indeed anyone who is workless themselves. Access includes a single telephone number and website backed by staff who will identify the most appropriate source of support, according to the individual's needs and barriers, and they will facilitate this referral.

  11.  The positive impact of Cornwall Works has improved employment rates including for those who were on long term incapacity benefit. Cornwall Works was highlighted as an example of good practice in the co-ordination of activity in Rural Money Matters: A support guide to rural financial inclusion by the Commission for Rural Communities (June 2009).

12 January 2010



 
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