Developing an Employability Plan
This project addressed three interlinked elements to tackle these challenges and maximise the inclusive growth benefits of service delivery:
- Developing a clear understanding of the key challenges
- Convening partners around a shared set of ambitious priorities
- Putting in place the partnership governance to make it happen
Labour market and skills analysis, led by the Centre for Progressive Policy, identified that economic inactivity amongst the over 50s is a particular challenge in the North of Tyne area, with a significantly higher number than the national average in this age group becoming economically inactive due to ill health. This had not previously been identified as a priority of employability support.
To develop a cohesive employer narrative from across a range of key sectors, CBI Economics were commissioned to carry out business voice engagement. This work identified long-term challenges which had been exacerbated by the pandemic, including high turnover, early retirement and a lack of essential skills. These insights were brought together into an Employability Plan that aims to provide sustainable opportunities to support resilient, skilled and creative individuals.