The learning points included:
- Need for 'joined up' policies to work on both 'place' and 'people'
- Need to integrate the supply side (individuals and providers) with the demand side (employers).
- Importance of pre- and post-employment support. Train people and match them to "real jobs".
- Importance of mentoring and personal advice throughout the customer journey.
- Growing use of local investment plans - to show how funding streams will be used to a common vision.
- Importance of strong local leadership.
- Not just about Job Centre Plus and Learning and Skills Council services but also health, housing, children's services, police, homeless, etc
- Need for strong employer voice in use of funding - through Employment and Skills Boards where they exist.
- Important role for Housing Associations.
- Growing interest in how the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnerships will support this agenda.