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New Employment and Skills Partnership for Waltham Forest

A new partnership has been established to ensure that local people are able to take advantage of the increased employment opportunities being made available through the ongoing growth of Waltham Forest.

Waltham Forest is one of the fastest growing boroughs in London, and the Council has ambitious plans for regeneration which include providing 12,000 new homes, more community facilities and major transport investment. Part of these plans also involves up-skilling residents to ensure that they are able to compete for the employment opportunities that will be available.

To support these aims the Council has established the Waltham Forest Employment and Skills Partnership Board, which met for the first time this week. The Board is comprised of representatives from Waltham Forest Council, education and training providers, employers, investors, developers, charities and other organisations. This work will complement the emerging Economic Growth Strategy for Waltham Forest.

The Partnership Board will be co-chaired by Cllr Coghill, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and High Streets. A vote to decide the other co-chair will be taken at the next Board meeting.

Cllr Coghill said: “We want to create clear pathways into employment and enable residents to improve their skills so they can take advantage of the job opportunities being created by growth in the borough. The Council can’t do this all alone, so we have established the Employment and Skills Partnership so that local partners can come together to work towards our common goal of supporting local employment and skills development.”

The Employment and Skills Partnership has the following objectives -

  • Inspiring ambition, promoting careers, supporting transitions

  • Creating opportunities for all, so that no-one is left behind

  • Improving services to maximise investment coming into the borough

  • Building better relationships with business

The Council has also launched a new Employment and Skills Prospectus for the borough, which sets out its objectives in more detail and how these will be achieved.

Examples include the launch of a pilot ‘Steps into Work’ employment project, which will support 1200 disadvantaged residents to find work between now and December 2018. This project is being funded by a £2million investment from the Council and European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).

The Council will also be developing an integrated approach to supporting new businesses in the borough and helping them to understand local employment needs, as well as a new universal careers response with schools and education providers.

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