Ways to Work Funding
The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has secured £29.5 million from the European Social Fund and Youth Employment Initiative to deliver a WAYS TO WORK Programme which will be locally matched to create a total budget of £42 million to help young people and adults into training and work.
Around 6,800 people, aged over 16 years, will be supported into work or education/training over the next three years, across the Combined Authority region of Wirral, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Halton.
The Ways to Work programme will work with 18,000 people to help them into work through additional advice, work placements and targeted training. There will also be initiatives to specifically support young people leaving care, and other vulnerable groups and people who are out of work with a health condition.
Chair of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “I am pleased that the Government has recognised that we have put forward a good quality bid for funding which is why we have been successful.
Despite the efforts of local authorities across the City Region, we still have far too many people without the skills and qualifications to take advantage of employment opportunities.
“This funding will enable us to identify people who need support and tailor support to meet their needs.”
Cllr Ian Maher, the Combined Authority’s Portfolio Lead for Employment and Skills added “Supporting our residents into training or employment is a priority for us across the City Region and this funding will help us to ensure that they are equipped with the right skills to access employment opportunities. The range of support available will mean there is something for everyone to help them progress into training or work.”
The programme will be delivered by each of the six local authorities in the Liverpool City Region – Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral, in partnership with public transport body Merseytravel.
The support to young people will end in July 2018 with the remainder of the programme running until December 2018.
The European Social Fund (ESF) was set up to improve employment opportunities in the European Union to help raise standards of living. It aims to help people fulfil their potential by giving them better skills and better job prospects. www.esf.gov.uk.
Sustainable Transport Enhancements Package
The Liverpool City Region is managing and developing a programme of Sustainable Transport Enhancements Packages to support and encourage potential investment and growth opportunities of the Liverpool City Region. These schemes along with the other Major Transport schemes form a prioritised list of the City Regions most pressing investment priorities for transport using an agreed process set out in the City Region Growth Deal Assurance Framework. For 2015/16 STEP Capital schemes have a budget of £6,878,828 this is to be spent on infrastructure such as The Lime Street Gateway, a scheme to improve and enhance the environment and quality of the Pedestrian corridor between Elliot Street and Church Street within the city’s Main Retail Area.
The STEP Revenue schemes have a budget of £1,600,299 this is to be spent on schemes such as Liverpool in Work, a scheme to build on previous programmes to provide travel passes and journey information to disadvantaged residents seeking access to employment opportunities via the on-going Employment Gateway.
• Supported 156 residents into employment between Sep 2015 to Feb 2016
• 70% sustained employment rate achieved