The Executive Director of Wellbeing, Care and Learning submitted a report to to inform Members of the Youth Employment Initiative project and to suggest that the leadership team approve Middlesbroughs involvement in the YEI project subject to the risk assessments being endorsed by the councils legal and finance department.
The report outlined that the YEI project was a 2.5 year project with an aim to engage 2000 young people aged between 15-29 who are not in Education, Training or employment in Middlesbrough. YEI is an opportunity to make a change at grass roots level focusing on the softer skills of work ethics, communications and living skills in order for young people to have real future prospects. This project would provide £5.6m of funding to Middlesbrough in order to provide a cohort of young people the skills and development needed to progress to a job, further training or an apprenticeship. YEI is a European funded partnership project working with a range of organisations that can provide motivational training opportunities.
The project delivery allocation for Middlesbrough is £4,523,143.00. This project included a match funding commitment of 25% from each partner organisation. The project funds a unique offer that is not currently available with the current skills budgets or DWP support. In particular the YEI will provide pastoral and wider skills support in order to help young people function in society alongside key sector and employability training.
The YEI project was a Tees Valley wide initiative with Hartlepool Council leading on the project. There are approximately 40 Delivery Partners from the public, private and third sector.
The report further advised that significant consultation had taken place with officers from the Tees Valley authorities discussing the operational management and delivery of this project. Representativeness from all the Tees Valley Authority finance and legal departments have consulted and agreed on the final risk assessment for the project. Hartlepool council have delivered three events to engage a range of Tees Valley providers to deliver this project. Appendix 2 to this report details the project delivery information and specifics for Middlesbrough. A risk sharing agreement (Appendix 3) has been developed with DWP and the Tees Valley authorities which is now agreed subject to final approval by the Executive.
During the meeting, it was clarified that the 25% funding contribution from Middlesbrough was 'in kind' and was in the form of staff time.
That the Executive approve the commitment to the YEI project
The decision was supported by the following reasons:
The YEI projects would have major corporate, economic and social Benefits for the whole Tees Valley.
The numbers of young people classed as being not in education, employment or training continue to be higher than national averages and the YEI project is needed to reduce NEET in future years.