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  • Swyddfa Cyllid Ewropeaidd Cymru

    Welsh European Funding Office

    Cynnydd Project Business Plan

    Version: Submitted 30 September 2015

    Lead Beneficiary: Pembrokeshire County Council

    WEFO Project Development Officer: Nadine Young

    Version Officer Submission Date 1.0 Helen Ross 30 04 15

    2.1 Helen Ross 23.07.15 2.2 Helen Ross 30.09.15

  • Contents

    Executive Summary

  • Section 1 – Core Criterion: Strategic Fit

    1.1 Clearly demonstrate an alignment with the targeting principles and specific

    objectives listed under the relevant EU Programme & Priority.

    The Cynnydd Operation will align with the targeting principles and Specific Objectives of the West Wales & the Valleys ESF (2014 – 2020) Priority Axis 3 – Youth Employment and Attainment. It will specifically focus on Specific Objective 2: To reduce the number of those at risk of becoming NEET, amongst 11-24 year olds by targeting young people most at risk of disengaging from education and by association, at highest risk of becoming NEET. Cynnydd will provide a range of interventions which will complement and add value, but do not duplicate mainstream services managed by Engagement and Progression Co-ordinators (EPCs) in the delivery of the Youth Engagement & Progression Framework (YEPF) across the ERW Region, comprising the Local Authority areas of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, and Swansea under the West Wales & the Valleys ESF Operational Programme, with Powys applying under the East Wales ESF Operational Programme. The Operation will:

     Systematically identify and track young people most at risk of disengaging from education, and by association most at risk of becoming NEET; this cohort will include participants aged 11-24 years who have severe and complex needs that include a learning disability and/or Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

     Facilitate appropriate information exchange about identified young people at risk of disengaging from education between education partners as set out in WASPI approved information sharing protocols;

     Early engagement of identified potential participants within the Operation to combat disaffection;

     Support participants in becoming less vulnerable to disengaging from their education by providing:

     access to a broader and innovative range of learning options supporting the acquisition of both vocational and higher level skills and prevent young people from falling out of education;

     access to a range of opportunities to better equip the young people with a skill set that will allow them to be more flexible and adaptable in a fast changing labour market and to gain sustainable employment, encouraging linkages between career choices and longer term labour market trends and tackling traditional gender stereotypes in employment;

     individual learner support (mentoring, coaching, counselling and advocacy where appropriate) to remove barriers to learning, and to help create learner confidence and independence in addition to learning- and work-readiness;

  •  targeted support to enable successful transition between differing education Key Stages (KS2 into KS3, KS3 into KS4, KS4 into KS5 and into wider post-16 pathways).

    The operation will assist young people in better understanding the needs of employers and the workplace, enable them to make smarter and more informed choices about their own career pathways, and motivate positive and continued engagement and progression.

    1.2 How the operation will:

    1.2.1 Contribute towards delivering transformational change in at least one of the ten economic opportunities identified in the EPF;

    The Economic Prioritization Framework (EPF) seeks to identify the broader economic activities taking place in the Welsh economy in order that all EU funding operations will act in support of strategic investments. The Cynnydd Project in South Wales will complement existing capability building in relation to the seven thematic Economic Priorities by stimulating the supply of trained or suitably qualified young people entering the labour market able to capitalise on replacement demand-led opportunities as well as areas of new job growth. The Project will use ESF to provide support to young people who need additional guidance and need to be engaged in additional curricula activities and training which will help to guide them towards making decisions about their future career paths. These young people will ultimately be seeking to access the labour market across all of the industry sectors identified in the EPF, and many of their ancillary supply chain businesses – Energy, Food and Farming, Climate Change and Resource Efficiency, ICT and the Digital Economy, Advanced Manufacturing, Life Sciences and Health and Tourism, Recreation and Leisure. This will include a significant number of infrastructure projects which will be happening across the South West Wales area – this includes the 21st Century schools which the Welsh Government is supporting across Wales and other examples include: Swansea University’s new campus, Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay, opportunities in the Haven Waterway Enterprise Zone, electrification of the Great Western Mainline, Wave Energy Demonstration Zone and associated supply chains. The operation will engage employers from across all sectors. Reporting and monitoring mechanisms will be put in place to verify the alignment of these engagements relative to regional priorities and growth sector potential. Through utilising the established employer network that Careers Wales have developed, Labour Market Information and wider employers input, participants on the operation will be supported to understand the longer-term opportunities being created across Wales and in the regions. Participants will be supported to understand how proactively developing career management skills and making informed choices about their learning pathways at key transition points can enable them to move toward the career opportunities these investments will generate.

  • Young people who remain engaged in education and training, and are supported to raise their participation rates, are more likely to succeed in gaining qualification outcomes. By motivating young people to stay engaged and complete their qualifications this operation will support wider regional and national economic ambitions which rely on an up-skilled workforce. The 2014 UKCES Employer Perspective Survey found that around half of all employers also said that academic and vocational qualifications were ‘critical or significant’ when recruiting. What is more, when we look over time at previous survey results we find that the importance attached to both academic and vocational qualifications by employers has increased. This indicates that employers are becoming more demanding over time when recruiting staff, which has clear implications for young people in particular, and especially those accessing employment for the first time. It is particularly important that labour market entrants understand the role that their qualifications will play in helping them get into work and are equipped with core skills, experience of the workplace and appropriate social skills in order to secure entry to employment.

    1.2.2 Respond to the demand drivers described under the relevant economic opportunities in the EPF

    The operation will respond to many of the ‘demand drivers’ identified under the economic opportunities in the EPF, however, the impact of the project will not be direct as it is concerned with young people not yet in the workplace. The Cynnydd Project is more concerned to ensure that Wales has the widest possible workforce available to engage in these industry sectors. The operation will invest in young people to try to secure their futures but in the longer term, the actions are aiming to ensure that Wales has a sustainable workforce for the next forty years. The operation will complement existing capability building in relation to regional priorities by stimulating the supply of trained or suitably qualified young people entering the labour market by using professionally qualified advisors to raise young people’s awareness of the opportunities that are available. Many of the investments which will be made through the ERDF funding programmes, and in the wider context across Wales which are highlighted in the EPF, identify shorter term job creation through the delivery of schemes but which result in longer term economic development. Relevant regional economic opportunities include (not exhaustive merely illustrations):

     Improving Connectivity – developments relevant to the area are planned for road, rail and ports in a number of areas including Swansea, Port Talbot, Port of Milford Haven / Pembroke Dock.

     Capital Investment across the area will include schools and FE / HE buildings, business parks, Swansea City Centre and many other mixed use developments which will include retail, leisure, residential also.

    There are further opportunities for job creation at a local level in indigenous SMEs who are involved in the following industries. There may well be further supply chain jobs connected to these SMEs and also Inward Investment opportunities:

  •  Site specific investment will cover developments across tourism, food and farming infrastructure and town centres.

     The recently announced £685m investment by the Cypriot firm Egnedol at the former Gulf refinery at Wat