Category: Skills & Capacity

Colleges and Economic Development

Competence and Competitiveness – Colleges and Local Economic Development ( pdf 138KB)  – learning need analysis tool for college staff involved in partnerships (published by the Further Education Development Agency, predecessor to the Learning and Skills Improvement Service). This highlighted outward-looking partnership skill needs, complementing the work of the FE National Training Organisation on teaching skills.

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Working with Business in LSPs

Working with Business in Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs) ( pdf 270KB) – a guide intended to help anyone working to engage businesses with LSPs.This was produced in 2002 for Business in the Community, British Chambers of Commerce, Local Government Association and Neighbourhood Renewal Unit of the OPDM (now CLG).

It provides a brief introduction to LSPs, makes the case for effective business involvement and provides practical ideas for how to do this. The advice is still relevant today – not least for Local Enterprise Partnerships.

Also leaflet: LSPs and Neighbourhood Renewal: why business should get involved  ( pdf 183KB).

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Skills for Community Regeneration

Skills for Regeneration: Learning by Community Champions – report on research into skills needed and gained by individuals who have gained small grants through the Community Champions programme, funded by the Department for Education and Skills. The programme provided up to £2,000 to around 10,000 individuals across England between 2000 and 2007, with many projects led by these individuals targeted at disadvantaged groups, including disabled people and refugees. The programme was successful, but was one of the funding streams ultimately to be rolled into funding for Local Area Agreements.

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Mutual Advantage – Skills & VCOs

Mutual Advantage: Working with Voluntary and Community Organisations on Learning and Skills– report on research and development project in Hampshire, Sandwell and Wigan, on the opportunities and implications for the voluntary sector and the LSC of the new learning and skills agenda. Project report for Department for Education & Skills, published April 2001.It features:

  • Part 1 report, featuring key messages for Local Learning and Skills Councils and the voluntary sector, and lots of examples of capacity building and partnership working in practice ( pdf – 597 KB)
  • Part 2: case studies from project areas (Hampshire, Sandwell and Wigan) and other parts of the country (Birmingham, London, Norfolk and Yorkshire), and resources to help users review the roles voluntary organisations can play, strengthen partnership working and identify sources of funding for capacity building. ( pdf – 556 KB)
There is also a summary ( pdf – 243 KB).
‘Mutual Advantage’ has been very widely used (with high numbers of downloads from Government websites in addition to the printed copies) and was influential in the subsequent development of policy and relationships between the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and the voluntary and community sector.

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Bedfordshire: Towards 2021 evaluation

Evaluation of ‘Bedfordshire: Towards 2021’ ( pdf – 613KB) –  a training and development programme targeted at key professionals to enable them to develop skills needed to deliver the Sustainable Communities agenda in Bedfordshire and Luton. The programme, developed by Luton and Dunstable Partnership, took its inspiration from the findings of the Egan Review, ‘Skills for Sustainable Communities’, which highlighted the need to enable people to widen their knowledge, enable partnership working and create a new breed of all-round regeneration worker.

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Rural Action East evaluation

Project to develop an evaluation framework for Rural Action East (RAE), the partnership body representing Rural Community Councils and rural community interests in the East of England, and assess its impact to date. The project sought to:
  • capture the ‘strategic added value’ that RAE brings to regional economic development and in particular delivery of the Regional Economic Strategy
  • articulate the impact that RAE has had in the region since its establishment, including benefits to rural communities
  • provide a clear focus for RAE’s strategic activities over the next three years, notably but not limited to engagement with EEDA, the regional dveelopment agency
This involved an assessment of the extent of RAE’s influence in its relationships with key partners, particularly EEDA, taking account the changing policy context at regional and national levels.

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