The Westminster Briefing workshop conducted on 1 December 2016 was attended by over 50 people representing organisations who support young people into employment, education and training. These included Funders (DWP, The Careers and Enterprise Company), Policy Makers (The Work Foundation), Campaigning organisations (Youth Employment UK), Local Authorities, Private and Public Sector Providers.
The focus of the morning’s activities was for Funders to introduce new Government policies aimed at tackling youth unemployment which included the implementation of the Youth Obligation and current JobCentre activity in working with schools – these will require intensive activity programmes with referral to apprenticeships, training and work placements. This included the National Careers Service speaking about their role in providing information, advice and guidance, and the role of the Careers and Enterprise Company in co-ordinating support.
Prevista was ideally placed to market and communicate to the audience our existing working relationships with all JobCentres in London across our previous and current Employment provision, our consistent growth in our SFA Apprenticeship provision, and our existing relationships with 200+ schools in London forged through our current SFA ESF, DWP delivery. Prevista were uniquely placed to be able to describe the early intervention processes and requirements we have used, supported by these existing relationships, which have been made an immediate impact supporting our participants into employment.
Prevista were invited to lead the afternoon’s session, delivering a presentation and workshop titled Supporting Young People into Employment: Good Practice. Mark Sargeant, Director of Business Development, Partnerships & Marketing and Mo Reffas, Supply Chain Manager led the presentation on behalf of Prevista, focusing on four themes which included:
Working in partnership to offer tailored support
Engaging young people with easily accessible information
Offering good quality apprenticeships and training
Giving young people the opportunity to expand their qualifications and skills
Having given an overview of our delivery of Youth intervention services, working in partnership with key stakeholders on behalf of a range of funders e.g. DWP, SFA, GLA, EFA, Local Authorities, Prevista provided examples of our how our innovative interventions e.g. Diagnostic and induction e.g. Choice Theory/Reality therapy, Gang Awareness Workshops led by former gang members have proved to be very successful in engaging over 5000 young people and supporting them into education, employment and training.
Prevista presented information on their Investment Model for Youth Programmes, commissioned and centrally funded by DWP. We explained how these payment by result programmes, ensure public funds are only drawn down once specific evidence of success against contract outputs has been produced, audited and signed off internally and by DWP. Social investment enables Prevista to shield our delivery partners from the risk of payment by results by providing payments to cover reasonable costs including staff, delivery and implementation. This capacity builds our delivery partners to assemble infrastructure and deliver without the cash flow issues that payment by results can cause.
One of the key themes of the workshop included challenging Providers to work more closely with key stakeholders to understand young people’s needs and respond with more responsive provision. Prevista were able to communicate how we used long-standing relationships with both Waltham Forest and Croydon Councils to secure local contribution through Section 106 funding to support the programme. Through granting this funding to Prevista, we were able to work in a very tight partnership with them to deliver specific services to their young people as they requested, contributing to provision which responded to local need and having a hugely positive impact on young Londoners.
Through our comprehensive evaluation strategies we were able to highlight the following long term impact and benefit of our interventions on young people:
We were also able to communicate key feedback from stakeholders e.g. Croydon Council who have reported additional benefits such as:
Prevista were delighted to be given the opportunity to present examples of our innovative work with young people across London and our work with local stakeholders which has ensured we have been able to provide them with appropriate employment opportunities.
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