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EIF phase one investments


The Employer Investment Fund Phase 1 was launched on the 8th March 2011 with a fund value of £5m. Following a competitive assessment process, our Commissioners identified 14 projects best placed to meet the aims of the fund.

The Employer Investment Fund is only open to licensed Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) and aims to:

  • Stimulate leadership from the bottom up to significantly raise employer ambition
  • Drive innovation, change employer behaviours and develop new ways of working
  • Secure momentum from employers to support sustainable increases in skills levels and better use of skills across sectors

In Phase 1, the UK Commission invited short term innovative projects and/or projects designed to tackle gender imbalance in the sectors covered by the SSCs.

Women and Work Projects

The Employer Investment Fund Initiative is covered by the State Aid Training Block Exemption on the basis of training being of a general nature. For more information about the Women and Work project read the 2011-12 Women and Work annual report  (PDF, 1.0 Mb) . The following videos showcases impact made in the projects delivered by SEMTA

The following video provided an overview about the Women and Work project

 

A brief summary of investment decisions is detailed in the table below:

Asset Skills

Summary: Addresses the gender pay gap issue and supports women with career progression in the cleaning and facilities management industry. Primarily delivered through a wide range of training courses. This is a disadvantaged sector and equality issues facing women are high. The proposal supports women to improve low level skills and qualifications and leads to a rise in women occupying senior and management positions.

Outputs:

  • 425 women will complete an individual training
  • 50% of women will progress into a managerial role and it will improve staff retention rates
  • Potential qualification

Women and Work case studies :

Case study 1 : Employer (PDF, 76 Kb) 

Case study 2 : Training provider (PDF, 57 Kb) 

Case study 3 : Individual (PDF, 77 Kb)    

Total EIF funding:
£386,250

Total employer match funding:

Cash: £48,531

In-kind: £339,719

Cogent

Summary: The aim is to encourage employer investment in skills, address market failure in terms of training supply and support of reduction in future skills gaps. Deliver opportunities for women in the sector to give them confidence to move into non traditional roles, build on existing skills to take on more responsible roles and duties and assist women into leadership and management roles.

Outputs:

  • 355 women to complete a training programme across the four nations leading to potential career progression into technical roles.

Women and Work case studies :

Case study 1 : Illingworth (PDF, 200 Kb) 

Case study 2 : RSRL (PDF, 291 Kb) 

Case study 3 : BP
(PDF, 286 Kb)
 

Case study 4 : Croda International (PDF, 662 Kb) 

Total EIF funding:
£353,225

Total employer match funding:

Cash: £105,967

In-kind: £247,258

ConstructionSkills

Summary: The project will provide employers with female only training courses in order to improve soft skills such as confidence building, career building, leadership training and networking.

Outputs:

  • 350 women complete training courses.
  • Training course developed by National Construction College

Women and Work case studies :

Case Study 1 : Weston Williamson Architects (PDF, 197 Kb) 

Case Study 2 : C & P Plastering (PDF, 240 Kb) 

Case Study 3 : Selwood (PDF, 189 Kb) 

>Case Study 4 : NAB Contractors (PDF, 219 Kb) 

Case Study 5 : Johnson Construction (PDF, 226 Kb)  

Total EIF funding:
£116,800

Total employer match funding:

Cash: £17,520

In-kind: £99,280

Lantra

Summary: Raising professional skills levels for women in the land based sector. Women in the sector have been historically under-utilised. The benefit of the project is to raise their skills levels in both technical and more generic business areas such as management and leadership. The sector is male dominated 68% male and 32% female. Multiple training courses are completed over a period of 6 months including coaching and mentoring.

Outputs:

  • 500 women to complete training courses to progress into higher technical roles.

Women and Work case studies :

Case study 1 :
BCTV (PDF, 395 Kb) 

Case study 2 : Arbortec (PDF, 400 Kb) 

Case study 3 : Ground Work UK (PDF, 401 Kb) 

Case study 4 : Llwyncwtta Farm (PDF, 400 Kb) 

Total EIF funding:
£395,500

Total employer match funding:

Cash: £269,000

In-kind: £126,500

People 1st

Summary: This is a joint proposal by People 1st and GoSkills. The ambition is to break down the barriers women face. The proposal will provide entry into passenger transport industry training and management development for women working in hospitality, leisure, tourism and travel. It offers a range of training to up skill women in both sectors. Only 4% of transport and mobile machine drivers are women. It delivers a 5 weeks training programme to train women to become bus/coach drivers. Provides women with a 3 day training programme in presentation skills, communication, networking, influencing etc. Provides a network of mentors for the sector.

Outputs:

  • 345 women trained and mentored over 4 strands of work

Women and Work case studies :

Case study 1 : Blackpool Imperial Hotel (PDF, 772 Kb) 

Case study 2 : Principle Hayley (PDF, 522 Kb) 

Case study 3 : Crowne Plaza (PDF, 1.0 Mb) 

Case study 4 : Victory Services Club (PDF, 909 Kb) 

Case study 5 : Trent Barton Buses (PDF, 505 Kb) 

Total EIF funding:
£422,251

Total employer match funding:

Cash: £75,000

In-kind: £340,000

Semta

Summary: Increasing integration within the organisation, maximising progression opportunities and influencing good practice with employers. Semta will work with employers to embed their equal opportunities and diversity policies and procedures, utilising the skills and tools of high quality specialist organisations and driving up employer investment in skills.

Outputs:

  • 352 women trained against an individual training plan


Women and Work case studies :

Case study 1 : Atkins (PDF, 219 Kb) 

Case study 2 : Airbus UK (PDF, 252 Kb) 

Case Study 3 :  BAE Systems (PDF, 261 Kb) 

Case Study 4 : Jaguar (PDF, 237 Kb) 

EAL Level 3 Award in Career Advancement and Progression (PDF, 367 Kb) 

 

Total EIF funding:
£313,600

Total employer match funding:

Cash: £39,200

In-kind: £272,400

Innovative Projects

ConstructionSkills

Title: The Green Deal Competency Framework

Summary: Building the infrastructure to support a major Government initiative designed to help the UK meet stringent targets on the reduction of energy use to meet the requirements of the Kyoto Protocol. This will require the retrofit of 14 million homes between 2012 and 2020. This is a collaborative proposal with Asset Skills and SummitSkills.

Outputs:

  • A standards-led competency framework for Green Deal.
  • A new suite of units that will provide underpinning knowledge relevant to occupations delivery the Green Deal message.
  • Improved Green Deal delivery.
  • Improved employer investment in accredited training.
  • Improved access to training.
Policy lever: Standards
Total EIF funding: £500,000

Total employer match funding:

Cash: Nil

In-kind: Nil

Project completion date: 31 March 2012

e-Skills UK

Title: AmbITion

Summary: This proposal is for an improved pipeline of talent into the IT industry. The proposal is made up of four work-streams – CC4G, ITMB Degree, Internships, and, careers activity. Three of the four work-streams are currently designed and are looking for funding to take the products and services through to a self sustaining business model.

Outputs:

  • 19,500 young people will be more likely to pursue IT related education or careers.
  • 5,000 young people will have new capabilities that are valued by employers.
  • 110 employers will have invested over £530k of value into the talent pipeline.
  • Self sustaining business models and value propositions will have been established.



Policy lever: Employability
Total EIF funding: £499,630

Total employer match funding:

Cash: Nil

In-kind: £534,500

Project completion date: 31 March 2012

IMI

Title: Supporting the move to professional registration and voluntary Licence to Practise for the Automotive sector.

Summary: The proposal is to build on existing work of the Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) Scheme and develop a profession register, which will reinforce the need for continuous professional development as the key to maintaining professional standards.

Outputs:

  • Development of 50 CPD modules.
  • Develop a professional register structure.
  • Develop two higher level apprenticeship programmes.
  • Promote the new offer reaching a minimum of 25,000 business units.



Policy lever: Licence to Practise
Total EIF funding: £450,000

Total employer match funding:

Cash: £458,522

In-kind: Nil

Project completion date: 31 March 2012

Semta

Title: UK Talent Retention Project

Summary: To ensure that the high value skilled employees displaced following the strategic Defence and Security Review are retained and employed within the growing Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering sector.

Outputs:

  • Over 1,000 employer subscriptions across the sector by January 2012.



Policy lever: Redeployment
Total EIF funding: £450,000

Total employer match funding:

Cash: Nil

In-kind: £431,200

Project completion date: 31 March 2012

Skills for Health

Title: Development of the Skills Passport for Health

Summary: Development of a skills passport for the health sector.

Outputs:

  • Beta version of the Skills Passport.
  • Framework for statutory and mandatory skills.
  • Staged roll out to 60 organisations.
  • Finalisation of the licence model.



Policy lever: Skills Passport
Total EIF funding: £400,000

Total employer match funding:

Cash: Nil

In-kind: Nil

Project completion date: 31 March 2012

Skillset

Title: Extending the Tick – A Skills Sat-Nav

Summary: To create a gold standard for creative industries indicating the very best in training and education. This is an extension of a quality mark that is used in Higher Education. The project aims to extend a quality mark to Apprenticeships, Internships, vocational progression or feeder courses. It will provide employers and individuals with a navigation tool to identify good practice.

Outputs:

  • Agreed standards and guidelines for best practice delivery in a wider range of courses in further and higher education.
  • Bespoke online assessment process to ensure specific criteria and initial assessments are flexible.
  • Feasibility study and implementation plan with agreed recommendations to quality mark progression awards and qualifications for computer games.



Policy lever: Course Labelling
Total EIF funding: £450,000

Total employer match funding:

Cash: £100,000

In-kind: Nil

Project completion date: 31 March 2012

Smaller projects to develop innovative ideas

Cogent

Title: Life Sciences SMEs and Licence to Practise

Summary: To explore the applicability of a Licence to Practise model based on the existing Cogent Gold Standard, for SMEs in the Life Sciences sector.

Outputs:

  • Identify and work with up to 10 Life Science intermediary organisations.
  • Develop a bespoke Gold Standard for SME companies.
  • Carry out a mapping exercise and promote the Cogent Gold Standard for Life Sciences SMEs.
  • Produce a report and case studies of the benefits of the Gold Standard to SMEs.
Policy lever: Licence to Practise
Total EIF funding: £100,000

Total employer match funding:

Cash: Nil

In-kind: Nil

Project completion date: 31 March 2012

Skills for Logistics

Title: UK Modern Logistics Guild

Summary: To explore the potential in developing a Modern Logistics Guild.

Outputs:

  • Feasibility study document and business case.
Policy lever: Feasibility Study
Total EIF funding: £100,000

Total employer match funding:

Cash: Nil

In-kind: £70,000

Project completion date: 31 October 2011

Download the summary table of investment decisions (PDF, 44 Kb) .

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Summary of EIF and investments in phase one

We have prepared a range of documents which contain a summary of EIF and the investments made in phase one: