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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny [Economy and Environment] Committee : 17th January 2012

 

Report of the Director of Learning and Development

 

Council Support for Young People Seeking Employment

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To enable the Scrutiny Committee [Economy and Environment] to consider a Council's 'request for consideration' received from Councillor Rob Curtis relating to the Council's support for young people seeking employment.

Recommendations

1.             That Scrutiny Committee note the measures currently in place and planned, to promote employment of young people.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             To respond to the request for consideration.

Background

2.             Councillor Curtis has submitted a request for consideration of a matter by the Scrutiny Committee [Economy and Environment].  A copy of the request is attached at Appendix 1.

3.             The request for consideration addresses a number of elements as follows:-

  • The impact of youth unemployment
  • The potential for the Council to work in partnership with others to assist.
  • The cost of young job seekers.
  • The value of apprenticeships
  • The potential use of apprenticeships in the delivery of Council programmes (e.g. Welsh Quality Housing Standards).
  • The potential use of the Welsh Government Young Recruits Programme.

Relevant Issues and Options

4.             Attached at Appendix 2 is a summary of some of the current activities across the Council aimed at supporting young people into employment.

5.             The list is not exhaustive and does not, for example, detail the extensive range of vocational qualifications being delivered for school pupils as part of the 14-19 Learning Network initiative which involves every secondary school across the Vale of Glamorgan.

6.             Whilst the emphasis has been on preparing young people for the world of work, the challenges created by an economy in decline are significant and the lack of suitable jobs, within the local area, is a major cause for concern.

7.             The request for consideration made reference to the Welsh Government Young Recruits Programme.  This is a scheme which is not available to public sector organisations in Wales but which is available for private and third sector partners.

8.             The request for consideration also made reference to the potential to involve contractors delivering programmes such as the Welsh Quality Housing Standard.  As part of the tender process for this scheme potential contractors have been asked to clarify how they will promote local employment in the delivery of the project.  This is an important part of the quality assessment process.

9.             The Vale of Glamorgan Council has established arrangements to seek to promote employment opportunities as major contracts are awarded and delivered.  This applied to the Cowbridge School building project and is being pursued as part of the Penarth Learning Community.

10.        The Welsh Government Young Recruits Programme, offers the potential for additional support for this work.  Arrangements will be put into place to ensure that contractors involved in major projects are briefed on the scheme and where possible, within procurement and contracting regulations, encouraged to become involved to support the Council's commitment to promote employment of young people.  Welsh Government representatives have indicated a willingness to attend a future meeting of the Scrutiny Committee [Economy and Environment] to explain the scheme in more detail.

11.        Whilst a range of measures have been put into place and further initiatives are planned, the delivery of a coherent Council programme to support young people seeking employment is essential to economic wellbeing.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment and Climate Change, if appropriate)

12.        None.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

13.        None.

Crime and Disorder Implications

14.        None.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

15.        All initiatives developed reflect the Council commitment to equality of opportunity.

Corporate/Service Objectives

16.        Economic wellbeing.

Policy Framework and Budget

17.        This is a matter which falls within the existing policy framework.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

18.        None.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

19.        Economy and Environment.

Background Papers

None.

 

Contact Officer

Bryan Jeffreys, Director of Learning and Development

 

Officers Consulted

Director of EER

Head of Housing

Corporate Training Manager

 

Responsible Officer:

Bryan Jeffreys

Director of Learning and Development

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