The area has a strong record of partnership working to integrate skills and employability services and support. Continued collaboration is supported by close working with a wide range of partners including our outstanding Further and Higher Education Institutions.
Working with our partners we will:
- Provide a co-ordinated structure for collaboration, supported by robust economic and workforce information.
- Work with key partners to develop a commissioning framework for effective skills provision.
- Place employers at the centre of design and delivery of a simplified skills system.
- Align provision to key economic sector needs and demands.
- Provide long term decision-making on the skills and the employability and inclusion agenda.
- Act as the accountable body for devolved funding.
The development of a new North East Labour Market and Skills Agreement with Government will provide an opportunity to implement new ways of working in key areas including:
- Developing a plan for the local management and delivery of services which respond to the distinctive needs of the area; including a new locally-led and commissioned framework for delivery of employability and welfare to work support to be in place by October 2014.
- Building on our existing delivery of public sector reform and strong partnership arrangements to explore devolution of funding to address underperformance, flexibilities in performance measures to ensure they meet the area's priorities and improved data sharing and tracking of progression across programmes.
The Employability and Inclusion lead for the Combined Authority is Cllr Grant Davey, Leader of Northumberland County Council.