Commissioning Employment & Skills Services in Partnership
In 2009, the Local Government Improvement and Development
worked closely with experts in the worklessness field in England,
the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Communities and
Local Government to develop a series of 'How to' guides. The guides
are aimed to help practitioners who have a role in tackling
worklessness and meeting local employment outcomes.
These guides contain practical advice, tips for action and
support, and offer practical support for
Commissioning Employment and Skills Services
Councils have a central role in joining-up employment and skills
provision in their areas, and in linking this to a wide range of
support to help people from disadvantaged groups and communities
into sustainable employment. Developing a strong partnership to
inform the commissioning of employment and skills services can help
to deliver these ambitions: partners improve their knowledge of the
services that are being delivered, align funding and join-up the
way that provision interfaces with employers and individuals to
create integrated offers of support.
It is important to develop the partnership approach by regularly
reviewing the opportunities for joint working and decision making,
and encouraging greater transparency of future contracting plans
across partner agencies.
Nevertheless, those authorities that have taken the steps set
out in this guide are reporting real improvements to employment and
skills provision in their areas.