GMLPF were joined by colleagues from DWP last week who spoke about the need for providers to engage with and get involved in the local (Virtual) Youth Hub initiative, which is being established to provide local unemployed young people with access to a range of work, skills and benefits advice and to get more involved in tendering for and delivering local DWP programmes through their Dynamic Purchasing Systems.
A virtual Youth Hub, underpinned by a number of physical and accessible hubs, is being established across the LCR to support young people who have been made unemployed recently and who are looking to return to work. A calendar of advice sessions and drop-in times for benefits and work advice, skills and learning opportunities as well as business start-up support has been pulled together and will be continually updated. GMLPF members are encouraged, where they are offering support that may be relevant, to get involved, complete the attached template and highlight the support and sessions they can provide.
Currently, very few members have submitted information and I would encourage you, especially AEB providers, to get involved as this is a useful local asset for promoting your services.
Following that, we had a presentation on the JCP-DWP Dynamic Purchasing System. DWP is keen to work with local providers to deliver training support such as Sector Work-Based Schemes and other initiatives that are funded by DWP. It was highlighted that local providers have not historically got involved in and tendered for these opportunities, a situation DWP wishes to address.
One action from the session was for GMLPF and DWP to convene a webinar that took members through the process of registering and applying for tenders using a practical step by step guide. We will look to do this in early September.
The final part of the session touched upon the need, especially with the advent of the Kickstart programme, to encourage closer working and improved referral arrangements.