In 2013, the Thames Valley Berkshire (TVB) area was “notionally” allocated circa £25m of European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF) to be invested between 2014 and 2020. These funds comprise:
- European Union Regional Development Fund (ERDF): £12,115,230
- European Social Fund (ESF): £12,286,470
- European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD): £1,125,081
The total value of current and completed projects is £13,373,000. Please note that total funding for ESF projects may differ due to opt-in match funding.
TVB has a notional allocation of £12,286,470 for investment into projects that support employment as well as promoting economic and social cohesion. £7,623,000 has been committed to projects that are live or have completed.
The Berkshire Apprenticeship Hub has been created to facilitate an increase in apprenticeships at all levels in Berkshire, particularly focusing on those employers that have not offered apprenticeships previously. This project operates mainly in LEP priority sectors and aims to increase apprenticeship participation in Berkshire
Delivery Partner: Slough Aspire with a consortium of partners led by the Windsor Forest Colleges Group
ESF investment: £461,700 with match funding from the ESFA
Completion date: 31 March 2019
- 112 learner assessments completed (target 259)
- Training Needs Analysis of 68 SMEs carried out (target 200)
Tailored training courses set up to address the skills gaps of those currently employed but requiring skills development. The focus is on addressing the needs identified in the LEP’s Skills Priority Statement. Working across Berkshire, the project delivery partners provide a range of relevant vocational training opportunities in priority skills needs and sectors.
Delivery Partner: Consortium led by the Windsor Forest Colleges Group
ESF investment: £900,000 with match funding from the ESFA
Completion date: 31 July 2018 (closed)
- 612 learner assessments completed (target 590)
- Training Needs Analysis of 117 SMEs carried out (target 300)
Gearing up for STEM
WOOP aims to raise awareness of STEM and help plug the skills gap by promoting opportunities and seeking talent. It will also help ensure that education and training programmes keep pace with employers’ needs.
Delivery Partner: Adviza
ESF investment: £665,400 with match funding from the ESFA
Completion date: 31 March 2019
- 222 work placements for graduates (target 285)
- 57 events carried out (target 95)
- 231 STEM ambassadors within the role model network (target 257)
Increasing awareness of STEM and influencing the providers of education, training and support to deliver learning programmes that employers want to ensure skilled and knowledgeable employees. As a result, the supply, i.e. young people, graduates and existing employees will meet existing and future demand.
Supporting families with complex needs living in Berkshire, the project helps to address the multiple barriers preventing them from entering and sustaining employment. It supports families facing at least one of the criteria for being ‘Troubled Families’. Families will have Key Worker support and personalised action plans.
Delivery Partner: Consortium led by Workers Educational Association.
ESF investment: £1,000,000 with match funding from the Big Lottery Fund
Completion date: 31 December 2019
- 105 people have engaged in activities to improve their work readiness (target 408)
By providing consistent support and constructive challenge through Family Support Workers the project will enable participants to identify their own long-term employment aims and ensure that they are able to access existing services, as well as filling gaps in those services such as family mediation or opportunities for families to have positive experiences together, building confidence and improving wellbeing.
The Programme seeks to address the skills gaps and unemployment and of the 16-24 year-old population. The aim is to deliver employment and skills support for 3380 young people.
Delivery Partners: Reading BC, Wokingham BC, West Berkshire Council, RBWM, Bracknell Forest Council, Ways into Work, Prince’s Trust, Adviza
Additional delivery organisations: Kennedy Scott, West Berkshire Training Consortium, Optalis
ESF investment: £2.4m with match funding from a range of partners
Total cost of scheme: £5.1 million
Completion date: 30 June 2019
- 1,892 individuals supported to date (target 3,380)
- 449 individuals have gained employment or training (target 1,435); 49 have gained basic skills (target 244)
To deliver a 50% reduction in youth unemployment, through providing 1,300 new employment opportunities for young people and 1,500 work experience placements
The Stronger Together Partnership of 13 organisations across the voluntary and community sector is open to all eligible participants from the west of the LEP area, concentrating on the most deprived areas to help the most vulnerable in society back into employment.
Delivery Partner: Consortium led by Reading Borough Council.
ESF investment: £1,317,540 match funding from the Big Lottery Fund
Completion date: 30 June 2020
- 40 participants supported by a range of partners (target 344).
The project will support those in the West of Berkshire who are furthest from the labour market through tailored action plans to improve skills and increase confidence. Individualised support to overcome barriers to work will include key workers, tutoring and jobs clubs. Specialist support will be offered for those with additional barriers to employment, including ex-offenders