Councillor Nick McDonald Portfolio Holder for Jobs, Skills & Business Nottingham City Council Employment & Growth In Nottingham The Broader Context & Challenges • 14,154 people claiming Jobseekers Allowance (April 2013) – 6.7% of the population, significantly above the national rate 3.7%. • 21,000 children (under 20 yrs) live in workless households (34.5%). • 39% of adults lack a level 2 qualification (Dec 12). • 32% of children living in poverty (2012), 11th highest in the UK Unemployment in Nottingham • There are now 13,767 (6.5%) people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance in Nottingham May 2013, compared to 14,327 (6.7%) in May 2012 • This represents a decrease of 3.9% over the last 12 months, compared to 6.6% nationally • 54.1% of claimants in Nottingham are now classed as long term unemployed (out of work for more than 6 months) Key Employment & Skills Targets Nottingham Plan: • Increase the employment rate to 75% by 2020. • Raise the proportion of adults (ages 16 – 65) with at least level 2 qualifications to 90%. Manifesto Commitment: • Reduce unemployment by 25% (as of May 2011) by 2015. • Increase the number of people qualified to level 2 or above by 10% The Nottingham Growth Plan Actions focused on three key areas: • Fostering Enterprise Providing business support structures and financial incentives to encourage enterprise • Developing a skilled workforce Creating a skilled productive workforce to support new industries and making it simpler for employers and potential employees to connect with each other. • Building a 21st century infrastructure Including sustained investment in office and business accommodation and digital infrastructure Growth – Key Initiatives • Nottingham Investment Fund Providing equity investments to help both established and early stage growth companies to develop • Nottingham Technology Grant Fund for companies in the clean technologies, life science and digital content sectors who are looking to expand their premises or exploit technology or intellectual property Growth – Key Initiatives • Retail and City Centre Strategy Supporting independent retailers and encouraging investment through a flexible approach. • Growth 100 programme Offering intensive business support for SMEs through a 12 month bespoke programme delivered by The University of Nottingham Business School. Employment & Skills - Key Initiatives 1. The Nottingham Jobs Fund • Established in 2011 to place 400 young people into work by March 2014. • £2.2m has been made available by the City Council. • Up to 75% wage incentive is designed to encourage employers to create new jobs for unemployed young people in the city. • Over 300 job opportunities created since 1st April 2012. Employment & Skills - Key Initiatives 2. The Apprenticeship Hub • ‘City Deal’ – to create 1,000 apprentices in Nottingham over the next 3 yrs. • Department of Business, Innovation & Skills has provided over £1m to establish an Apprenticeship Hub. • The Apprenticeship Hub will stimulate employer demand, raise awareness in young people, parents and ensure the provider base meets the needs of local employers. Employment & Skills - Key Initiatives The Apprenticeship Hub Financial Incentives • Nottingham Apprenticeship Grants - between £1,000 and £2,300 • Age Grant- NAS funded - £1500 • Nottingham Jobs Fund - £4,836 + £500 training Total incentive to employers= £9,136 per apprentice Employment & Skills - Key Initiatives 3. The Employer Hub •The Employer Hub provides a recruitment service for City Employers and matches local people to local jobs. • Uses City Council planning and procurement system to secure employment and training opportunities for Nottingham City residents - over 500 into employment since 1st April 2012 (including 50+ apprenticeships). • Activity has been largely focused on the construction sector. Employment & Skills - Key Initiatives The Employer Hub Model – Capturing Job Opportunities • Via Section 106 agreements, developers are required to use the EH for their recruitment and training, • Developers pay a ‘social contribution’ to support this recruitment service • This approach is applied to all developments over 10 houses or projects over £2m • Procurement – Local employment requirements considered for all contracts over £200,000 Employment & Skills - Key Initiatives 4. Community & Partner Engagement • The City Council works in partnership with local community organisations to help unemployed young people find work. • Annual Jobs Fair and a series of smaller community fairs. In 2012 over 5,000 jobs seekers attended (35% 18-24yr olds, 22% from BME community). • £1.5m funding to ‘Nottingham Futures’ to deliver IAG and support to the NEET group. • £2.8m Innovation Funding from the DWP to support ‘Not Known’ young people into training and employment.