Skills Access Hub Summary
The ESF Skills Access Hub will sit alongside the Growth Hub and will be operational from June with an official launch date to be confirmed. The Skills Access Hub will form part of the wider Growth Hub ‘umbrella’ of services and act as a brokerage service for employers. We expect the Hub to launch to the business community as a minimum viable product, growing and developing its service in a similar way the Growth Hub has since its launch in 2016. Please sign up to the www.ciosgrowthhub.com so you are kept in the loop with the latest updates about the Growth and Skills Hubs, or follow them on Twitter.
Background and Purpose of the Skills Access Hub
Although previous projects and programmes have supported skills development in C&IoS, access by employers, especially SMEs, has been fragmented.
In order to implement an effective skills support infrastructure within CIoS, the Skills Access Hub aims to deliver related activities under a single, coordinated, strategic framework and has identified the development of a bespoke local Skills Access Hub as a central pillar of its Employer Led Programme.
The Skills Access Hub will ensure a clear path for employers in C&IoS to help them access support through the provision of:
- Brokerage service providing information and direct support to employers on how to access skills, and qualification support / provision
- Provision and promotion of a focus for employer skills contact and support
- Support to access existing business sector groupings
- Support to develop/participate in other relevant business collaborations
- Provide support to develop specific research either through this project or to influence other research that is being carried out to include a skills element
- Align with the C&IoS Growth Hub, in particular:-
- Provide a coordination function for other ESF Priority Axis 2.2 employer led activity
- Provide a focus on businesses not already engaged in skills development.
- Ensure linkages between the Growth Hub and the national apprenticeship agenda
- Assistance with the identification of skills need and routes to the development of qualifications
* receiving/providing referrals
* contribution to, and use of, the Growth Hub CRM
* open and regular communication with the C&IoS Growth Hub provider
Elements of this work will include:-
Brokerage – this element of the project will seek to help employers to understand their training needs through delivery of a Training Needs Analysis (TNA) and steer them into relevant provision. For example, business clusters, geographical or sector grouping, business network collaborations, forums, other training and skills provision. The outputs of this activity should include ensuring individual employees gain skills and qualifications relevant to the labour market through for example; traineeships, work experience, work placements and graduate placements. This should also include embedding an SME employer-focused approach to apprenticeships as a key element of the skills access hub.
Innovation Fund – this element of the project will seek to develop and operate a small fund to undertake research and respond to skills needs. The function of this component would be to make skills more accessible and relevant to both employers and providers, removing as much unnecessary administration as possible
Sustainability – this element of the project will seek to provide a toolkit to assist the various collaborations identified above
Communication – this element of the project will seek to create awareness with employers in C&IoS of the employer led programme, aligned to the Growth Hub.
Last updated: May 2017