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There’s every reason to retain, retrain and recruit the over 50s,Terry King OBE

November 13, 2015

American industrialist and Henry Ford said “…anyone who stops learning is old, whether 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young”.

For me as a 63 year old, using my 20 years experience as a senior project manager for the Department of Work and Pensions, working for Chapter 3 to support those who like me are in the third chapter of their lives to have a fulfilling career beyond 50 is something I can wholeheartedly relate to.


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Adult Social Care Leadership

May 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018

The project provides masterclass training sessions and supported distance learning to lower and middle management in adult social care, specifically targeted at care home and domiciliary care providers.

The project aims to enhance the leadership skills of staff in the sector, improving culture, business performance, increasing individual competencies and raising the standards across the care sector, which will ultimately result in improved care to people the beneficiaries are responsible for.

Hull Community Led Local Development (CLLD)

November 1, 2017 - December 31, 2022

The aim of Community Led Local Development is to use bottom-up, local community driven approaches to address issues in areas of deprivation.

Hull’s Community Led Local Development (CLLD) programme is providing grant funding support to projects which help people in Hull to access and create economic opportunities through the following key priorities outlined in the Local Development Strategy:

  • Targeted training in key work-related skills
  • Making it easier to find and access work
  • Growing Integrated Community Hubs
  • Supporting local and community businesses
  • Joined up support to increase household incomes

The first competitive grant round has now closed with the second opening in January 2019.

The programme is being led by Hull City Council, with Humber Learning Consortium providing support for the grant administration process.

North Lincolnshire Community Led Local Development (CLLD)

October 1, 2017 - December 31, 2021

The aim of Community Led Local Development (CLLD) is to use bottom-up, local community driven approaches to address issues in areas of deprivation.

The North Lincolnshire CLLD programme is focused on effecting community-led social and economic development in the three most deprived areas of Scunthorpe.  A Local Action Group (LAG) has been created from representatives of the voluntary community sector, public sector, private sector and local individuals which will encourage projects to apply for funding to deliver projects which meet one or more of the following priorities:

  • Priority Objective 1: to address health and disability including mental health as a barrier to employment
  • Priority Objective 2: to support entrepreneurship through pre-start support and support for micro and small enterprises in the CLLD area including social enterprises
  • Priority Objective 3: to support particular disadvantaged groups into labour market participation
  • Priority Objective 4: to deliver early intervention activity which will raise aspirations within communities and address worklessness and deprivation
  • Priority Objective 5: to stimulate local level collaboration amongst local residents, the public, private and vol/com sectors, small businesses and other stakeholder

Skills Support for the Workforce

October 31, 2017 - March 31, 2019

The Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) programme provides a flexible and responsive programme of fully funded training to SMEs in the Humber using investment from the European Social Fund and Skills Funding Agency.

People are eligible to receive funded support from the SSW / SSR programme if they are 19 years of age or older and are employed or employed and at risk of redundancy by an SME. People who are self-employed are also eligible to receive support from these programmes.

The programme is aimed at SMEs in the Humber LEP area in our key sectors (Renewable technologies/Green energy, Ports and logistics, Creative and Digital, Chemicals, Engineering and Manufacturing, Food, Visitor economy)  Support is also available for organisations in our underpinning sectors of Health and Social Care and Construction.


Apprentices: The Route to Growing Your Business

August 19, 2019

By Richard Sellick, Chair of the Humber LEP Apprenticeship Working Group

The Humber is continuing to see strong apprenticeship participation despite a national downturn in the number of those signing up.

We recognise the value of our focus in inspiring both young people and adults to recognise apprenticeships as an effective step to a successful career, and we know that businesses continually see the value of apprenticeships and what organisational impact they hold.

The LEP Apprenticeship Working Group encourages people to make the

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Humber Skills Advisory Panel Consultation

June 11, 2019

The Humber LEP needs your views on the implementation of the Department for Education led ‘Skills Advisory Panels’ (SAPs). 

All feedback will be kept anonymous but will be used to inform the People section of the Local Industrial Strategy.

Download the form here: Skills Advisory Panel Consultation Document

Consultation background:

Skills Advisory Panels (SAPs) emerged in the Conservative and Unionist Party manifesto in 2017. SAP’s are also referenced throughout the Industrial strategy (published in November 2017).

SAPs aim to bring together local employers and skills providers

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Campaign calls on Humber small businesses to ‘Give an Hour’ to inspire young people

May 20, 2019

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has launched a new campaign to encourage small employers to make a difference to the futures of young people in Humber.

The Give an Hour campaign is targeting small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) to offer an hour of their time to help young people prepare for the fast-changing world of work.

The campaign – run jointly by the Humber LEP and The Careers & Enterprise Company – highlights that in as little as one hour,

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Huntcliff School describe their experience building and racing an electric car

May 2, 2019

Huntcliff School, in Kirton on Lindsey, put together this article to tell people about their experience building and racing an electric car at the Hull Street Race on Sunday, 28th April.

Read all about their exciting journey below…

We are a small secondary school who sits on the county border between North Lincs and Lincs and for years we have been hoping to afford a green car. Thanks to our Enterprise Advisor and links with the local college we were able to

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Humber continues to perform above average for careers education and support

May 2, 2019

The Humber area has the second highest standard of careers education in the country, according to a report from the Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC).

The State of the Nation report by the CEC is an assessment of how schools and colleges are performing against the eight Gatsby Benchmarks, which measure the quality of careers education and guidance

The report is an assessment of progress over time among the thousand schools and colleges who have completed their Compass self-assessment tool on multiple

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Humber LEP to host Skills Capital Construction and Civil Engineering event to attract £2.5m capital investment

November 22, 2018

The Humber LEP wishes to develop a call for a skills capital programme for construction and civil engineering across the region.

This will attract up to approximately £2.5m capital investment to deliver a collaborative resource solution to support training delivery that meets employer need and would need to be delivered by March 2021 latest.

The LEP will host an event at Bishop Burton College, on Thursday 29th November starting at 1pm, to invite businesses from across the region into discussions.

The LEP is

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HETA campaign pays off with record number of girls into engineering

October 29, 2018

HETA has welcomed record numbers of young women onto its latest apprenticeship courses and is hoping they will help to attract more women into industry.

Iain Elliott, Chief Executive of HETA, said the increase in the numbers of female apprentice engineers is a reward for the company’s efforts in getting a powerful message across in schools, colleges and at careers events.

He added that the recruitment campaign for young women and men has been boosted by the opening of HETA’s new £4.5

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October E-Newsletter 2018

October 26, 2018

Read the latest updates from the Humber LEP in this month’s newsletter.

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Humber LEP Q&A: Jude Knight, Social Inclusion Lead, Employment and Skills

September 18, 2018

As part of our LEP Q&A series, we speak to Jude Knight, Social Inclusion Lead, Employment and Skills.

Jude is currently with the Humber LEP, seconded from York, North Yorkshire & East Riding Partnership; to lead on the LEP social inclusion strategy and will be working hard to remove the barriers to employment and build inclusive communities within our region. 

What is social inclusion and how does this affect the Humber region?

In every society there are people groups who confront barriers that prevent them

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CEC launch new Compass which will aid Humber Careers Hub members to evaluate careers activity

September 17, 2018

The Humber Careers Hub held its first school and learning provider meeting on Friday 14th September at the ERGO Centre, at Bridgehead Business Park in Hessle.

Members of the Hub where joined by the LEP and the Careers and Enterprise Company alongside the Humber Enterprise Coordinators who will lead on this project, to discuss the Hub’s strategy and outline the key objectives that will aid members achieve all Gatsby Careers Benchmarks.

Alongside the Careers Hub, the Careers and Enterprise Company have today

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Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone highlights careers work being done by the LEP ahead of Humber Careers Hub launch

September 13, 2018

The Humber Careers Hub education providers will meet for the first time tomorrow at the ERGO Centre, at Bridgehead Business Park, to discuss the careers strategy for the Hub with the LEP.

The Humber Careers Hub recognises the challenges and opportunities schools face in meeting all Gatsby Benchmarks and will provide an expert support service using a collaborative approach, a strong network of delivery partners and the sharing of good practice across the region.

Working in partnership with the Careers and Enterprise

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LEP and CEC partnership brings about once in a lifetime placement with HaaS F1 Team for lucky student

August 9, 2018

Healing School, a Science Academy in North East Lincolnshire, contacted Careers and Enterprise, Humber LEP for assistance with a work placement for one of their students. This irregular placement would mean the student working in Oxfordshire for a week. This exciting opportunity was not one to be missed.

Charlotte from Healing Academy took the initiative to contact HAAS formula one for a work experience opportunity. As a successful formula one team HAAS agreed to take charlotte on for the week.

Whilst most

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Humber LEP calls for new infrastructure, skills and energy projects

July 31, 2018

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has launched four new calls for projects for potential future funding.

The LEP is seeking to refresh its pipeline of future projects, as well as identify potential projects that might be brought forward for funding.

The LEP is inviting organisations to put forward their proposals for projects that cover:

Innovation facilities, managed workspace and incubation space
Infrastructure and housing, including transport, regeneration, site preparations and flood defences
Skills capital, refurbishment and enhancement
Energy projects contributing to the delivery of wider

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Humber LEP Yorkshire Post Column – Improving employability skills in the Humber

July 4, 2018

Many Humber education and training providers offer their students an opportunity to record their additional employability skills using a ‘passport’ that can be shared with future employers.

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has developed a bespoke framework to support regional organisations to develop a consistent approach to their Employability Passports. This framework supports the CBI seven employability skills.

Words by Stephen Savage, Chair of the Humber LEP Employment and Skills Board

As part of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) commitment to

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Skills Network new Chair and Vice Chair announced

June 6, 2018

The Humber LEP is delighted to announce the new chair and vice chair roles have been filled following a nomination and interview process by Employment and Skills Board members and stakeholder colleagues.

The new chair is Daniel Brett, Assistant Principal at Bishop Burton College and the new vice-chair is Sharon Gamble,  Apprenticeship and Business Lead Manager, Hull Training and Adult Education.

Daniel and Sharon will lead the further development of the Network building on the considerable success of former chair and vice

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Humber LEP Yorkshire Post column – Celebrating the businesses that are Disability Confident

April 10, 2018

The Government has committed to a long term national Industrial Strategy to create an economy that boosts productivity and competitiveness.

To support this, the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership has continued to work with projects and partners such as the ‘This-Ability’ Partnership to aid businesses in creating a more inclusive workplace, and to provide vital experience for learners and potential employees of all abilities.

The This-Ability Partnership will host an evening dinner and exciting awards ceremony to recognise and celebrate the great strides

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Bringing the workplace to life – Calling on more employers to help young people in The Humber

March 5, 2018

At the start of National Careers Week, The Careers & Enterprise Company and Humber LEP is calling out to employers across all sectors and industries in the Humber region to help make a real difference to the lives of young people.

By providing encounters with their work place, businesses and enterprises, both large and small, can bring the world of work to life for young people.

It is a critical aspect of the support young people need – by connecting them to

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Frederick Gough School celebrate visit from Nic Dakin MP and CEO of the Careers and Enterprise Company

December 20, 2017

Frederick Gough School recently celebrated a visit by Nic Dakin MP, Claudia Harris, CEO of the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) and Sarah Yong, Head of Government Relations.  This VIP party met with the School’s Head Teacher Ben Lawrance, Careers Lead Jo Roche, and the Enterprise Adviser Helen Lee, Early Years Recruitment Coordinator at British Steel to hear about the work of the school and their impressive approach to delivering careers education, advice and guidance.

The visitors were accompanied by 5

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Young entrepreneurs showcase flair for business at Christmas trade fair

December 15, 2017

Around 100 students from the Humber region are hosting a Christmas trade fair to showcase their business prowess at Beverley’s popular Flemingate centre this Sunday.

The Christmas fair will give budding-entrepreneurs the chance to meet customers face-to-face, respond to queries about their products and operate in a real-life working environment.

The students, aged 15-19, are taking part in the Young Enterprise Company Programme which gives young entrepreneurs the opportunity to set up and run their own business over the course of an

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Humber LEP leads the way as national awarding body

December 15, 2017

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is the first Local Enterprise Partnership in the country to have achieved a national licence as a Licensed Awarding Body for the Quality in Careers Standard.

One of only twelve national holders, the Humber LEP is the only Local Enterprise Partnership out of 38 to have been awarded this status, after submitting an extremely strong application to the Quality and Careers Standard Consortium.

As a result of this licensing award, the 21 schools, colleges and training

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Greenpower Education Trust showcased as students meet the Queen at Siemens

November 27, 2017

Her Majesty is shown one of the Greenpower cars at Siemens, Hull.

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) along with Airco and a number of key partners are supporting Greenpower Education Trust, to deliver a project to aid young people in gaining an interest in engineering.

Funded by the Careers & Enterprise Company and Siemens Gamesa the project gained national coverage when a handful of students participating in the project had the chance to meet the Queen, upon Her Majesty’s

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Institutes of Technology

October 25, 2017

Education and Training Providers are likely to be aware of the government call for registration of interest for the Institutes of Technology funding.

As part of the bid all LEPs are asked to provide evidence of economic need and fit the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is asking for an early conversation regarding any potential bids in the area.

If you are planning to develop such a bid please contact Teresa Chalmers at or call 01482 485266.

See the Department for Education’s Institutes

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October E-Newsletter 2017

October 6, 2017

Read the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) e-newsletter for October 2017 here.

To keep up to date with the latest news coming out of the Humber LEP and from across the Humber region, sign up to receive our e-newsletter here.

August E-Newsletter 2017

August 1, 2017

Read the latest news from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in the E-Newsletter for August 2017.

August E-Newsletter 2017.

Humber LEP and the Careers & Enterprise Company to host Summer Schools Conference

June 13, 2017

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Careers & Enterprise Company are delighted to host the Summer Schools Conference on Friday 30th June.

The event will commence at 9:00am (refreshments from 8.30am) at The Humber Bridge Hotel, Far Ings Lane, Barton Upon Humber DN18 5RG.

The conference will showcase the latest developments and the range of support available to young people within the education and skills arena locally and nationally.  It will focus on the career landscape, apprenticeship reforms and the

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The Careers and Enterprise Company, Humber LEP, are pleased to announce the first partnership of a Principal and Enterprise Adviser in Scunthorpe

May 23, 2017

Tracey Millard (left) Natalie Anfield (right)

St Hugh’s School is an outstanding special school for students between the ages of 11 and 19 years, who have a range of learning difficulties, including moderate and severe learning difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, profound and complex needs, in North Lincolnshire.

Principal Tracy Millard, has welcomed the support from The Careers and Enterprise Company, and wants to develop the support on offer with their new Enterprise Adviser partnered with the school.

Natalie Anfield, Make a

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Scheme to simplify apprenticeship uptake for Humber employers and candidates

April 5, 2017

Martin Fitzgerald, Partnership Manager at HABS.

A £1m employment scheme that aims to increase apprenticeships in the Humber region by matching SMEs and candidates with the most suitable training providers has gone live.

Intended to boost skills levels and productivity, the free Humber Apprenticeship Brokerage Service (HABS) is spearheaded by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The Skills Funding Agency has appointed YH Training Services to manage its delivery until July 2018. It reduces the barriers SMEs face when employing apprentices

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Registration open for online apprenticeship service

February 27, 2017

On behalf of the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) we would like our partners to be aware of:

The Department for Education and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) are from today (13 February 2017) encouraging large employers to sign up and register for the apprenticeship service, in readiness for the launch of the apprenticeship levy on 6 April 2017.

The apprenticeship service is an online digital system (similar to online banking) that has been set up to support the apprenticeship levy.

The levy will

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Festival of Learning 2017

January 30, 2017

The Humber LEP Skills team are ongoing in their involvement with the Festival of Learning (previously Adult Learners’ Week), which is the biggest celebration of lifelong learning in England.

The Festival celebrates the remarkable achievements of adults who have used learning to transform their lives and highlights how lifelong learning benefits society and the economy, whilst inspiring others to discover the power of learning.

Nominations for the Festival of Learning 2017 awards are open from 1 February until 31 March. Categories include individual learners, employers, tutors and projects/provision.

For more information visit

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Malet Lambert to host Humber LEP Skills Network event for region’s business and education partners

January 16, 2017

A presentation sharing ideas on how to develop career awareness and develop employability skills in secondary schools is taking place on Tuesday, January 17th.

East Hull-based Malet Lambert School, an establishment focused on arming pupils with the skills to succeed in employment through enterprise and business initiatives, will be hosting the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Skills Network meeting as part of the school’s commitment to the Humber Skills Pledge.

The pledge was designed to bring businesses and educational establishments together to

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100 Pledges in 100 Days on Estuary TV

November 9, 2016

As part of the 100 Pledges in 100 Days campaign, Jen Vincent and Ann Newlove appeared on Estuary TV to promote the benefits of signing the Skills Pledge.

You can watch the full video here:

Second Round of ESF Community Grants – Now Open for Applications

October 18, 2016

Humber Learning Consortium have successfully been awarded the ESF Community Grants Programme 2016-2018 and are pleased to announce the launch of the second round of funding.

ESF Community Grants are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) programme which is distributing small grants in the Humber, East Riding, York and North Yorkshire region. The aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities.  The programme is benefitting from investment through the Humber

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ESF Community Grants – First Round Launch

September 6, 2016

ESF Community Grants are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) Programme which is distributing small grants in the Humber, East Riding, York and North Yorkshire region. The aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities.  The fund was commissioned through the Skills Funding Agency and is a key investment that supports the delivery of the Humber ESIF Strategy.

Humber Learning Consortium have successfully been awarded the ESF Community Grants Programme

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Humber LEP submits £49.5m round three Growth Deal bid

August 3, 2016

The Humber LEP has submitted its bid for the next round of Government funding through the Growth Deal.

Under the Growth Deals round 3, England’s 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships are competing for a share of £1.8bn to support projects in their areas that boost local economic growth and create jobs. The money forms part of the Government’s £12bn Local Growth Fund.

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LEP pays tribute to work of outgoing skills chair

August 1, 2016

Our Vice Chair and Chair of the Employment and Skills Board (ESB) Mike Parker OBE is stepping down from the LEP at the end of July.

Mike, who has chaired the ESB since it was established in 2013 to lead, develop and oversee the implementation of the Humber Employment and Skills strategy, has driven action that will deliver LEP’s strategic aim of a Skilled and Productive Humber workforce.

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Trail-blazing Hull College Group programme sets standard for employability

July 25, 2016

A trail-blazing Hull College Group programme to produce work-ready young people to support the growth of the region’s economy has become the first to receive a prestigious accolade.

The Hull College Group Employability Passport has become the first scheme of its kind to be validated by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

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Investments on track to add £1.42bn to Humber economy by end of Parliament

June 10, 2016

Projects and programmes invested in by the Humber LEP and delivered by partners are on track to add £1.42bn to the Humber economy by the end of 2019/20 – a return of £5 GVA benefit for every £1 invested.

As part of this 12,050 gross FTE jobs will be created, 600 safeguarded and 62,228 properties will have reduced flood risk.

An impact assessment which forms part of the LEP’s Annual Review 2015/16 – launched on Friday 10 June – shows investments to

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Organisations invited to bid into £3m European Skills Funding Pot

May 19, 2016

Organisations are invited to apply for funding from European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) by responding to a number of Calls for projects that will deliver Skills for Growth across the Humber.

There are two calls for projects that can benefit from funding from the European Social Fund (ESF).  The Calls for projects are now open until 13 July 2016 for the following activities:

Pathways to Drive Economic Growth – This call is seeking projects that will: 

Develop and deliver training to support LEP area

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European Funding Workshops – places available

May 5, 2016

The Technical Assistance Partnership, supported by the Humber LEP, is running a number of free events designed to assist organisations to bid for funding that will be made available through the Humber European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programme.

The following workshops are taking place on 26 May 2016 at the Ropewalk, Maltkin Road, Barton-upon-Humber.

Humber ESF Calls Launch – 9.30am
It is expected that two calls for ESF funding will be launched for the Humber LEP area under Priority Axis 2.1 (Enhancing

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Tender to deliver European funded DWP unemployment programme

May 5, 2016

A major new contract opportunity benefiting from the Humber LEP’s European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) allocation has now gone live.

The programme of support is being commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to help those with a history of long term unemployment into work.
The contract will deliver over £5.4m of support to those who are furthest from the labour market and help to tackle barriers to employment in the Humber and Greater Lincolnshire LEP areas.

Humber ESIF Committee

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Full Steam ahead on careers guidance

February 11, 2016

The Humber LEP has supported an event aimed at careers advisers to help them understand the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths in the Humber.

The event hosted by the Humber Education Business Partnership on February 10 saw academic, industry and national speakers including Phil Jones Managing Director Brother UK.

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Humber LEP Yorkshire Post article: The year of the apprentice as LEP’s strategy forges ahead

January 19, 2016

For those in the skills world there is no doubt that 2016 is the year of the apprenticeship, with the business voice at the heart of driving demand.

With announcements of a business levy in the autumn spending review and the Government’s vision to increase the quality and quantity of apprenticeships by 2020 launched in December, the role of LEPs is crucial using the networks, partnerships and relationships they have developed to support apprenticeship growth.

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Challenge to businesses to help prepare for over 50’s skills gap

November 18, 2015

Businesses and HR professionals are being challenged to come up with ideas to make sure the Humber addresses an inevitable skills gap at an event on Friday (November 20).

The Humber LEP in partnership with The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Chapter3, a not for profit organisation set up specifically to support people over 50 to have a fulfilling career, is hosting a discussion event on how to tackle a serious issue facing to the Humber labour market – how to retain, retrain and recruit the over-50s.

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Humber LEP Yorkshire Post column: A powerful voice driving the Humber skills agenda

November 10, 2015

When people ask about the Humber LEP Employment and Skills Board, I describe it as the “Business Voice driving the Humber skills agenda”. Through partnership with local authorities, funding agencies, key government departments and education and training providers, our purpose is to achieve a skills system that is better aligned with the current and future needs of the local economy.

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LEP Yorkshire Post Column: Devolved funds deployed to support Humber growth

October 13, 2015

Six months on from the start of our Growth Deal programme, and with the Spending Review approaching, it is a good time to look at how devolved funds are being deployed in the Humber.

With a varied portfolio of projects, the day to day progress of major, multi-year developments may not always be obvious – but partners’ work continues apace.

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Plans unveiled for UK’s first multimodal logistics training centre

October 1, 2015

Plans for Modal Training, the first organisation in the UK to offer integrated, multimodal logistics training for sea, road, rail and air, as well as a full range of support services, were unveiled on Thursday 1 October at the Humber Royal Hotel in Grimsby.

The new £7million centre of excellence for the ports, energy and logistics sectors is being jointly funded by the Grimsby Institute and the Humber LEP. It will be based in 5,696 m2 of tailor-made facilities, housed in

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