The development of Employment Partnerships in the three local authority areas of Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland builds on progress made by the Youth Employment Partnerships project, but with an extended remit covering residents of all working ages. The project will operate from 1 July 2022 to 31 March 2025 and supports the delivery of the North of Tyne Employability Plan.
Led by our three constituent Local Authorities – the Employment Partnerships bring together NTCA, DWP, and other public, private, and voluntary sector employability and skills providers to help close the unemployment gap by removing barriers which make it difficult for people to take up employment and training opportunities.
The Partnerships work to better co-ordinate current employability provision, maximizing effectiveness by improving collaboration, reducing duplication, as well as identifying and resolving gaps in provision. Partnership teams also engage with local employers, supporting them with their recruitment and retention needs and gathering information such as the job roles that are available and the skills and experience required to undertake them. In turn, the partnerships use this to inform projects which help residents successfully secure one of these roles and / or take steps towards their desired career.
Within each Partnership there is an Employment Partnership Coordinator and an Employer Engagement Coordinator, providing dedicated capacity to drive the local Partnerships and develop, deliver, and support activity such as jobs fairs, employer briefings, provider network meetings and other events which engage residents and businesses in employment programmes that move people into/closer to work.
If you are an employment support provider looking to enhance partnership working for the benefit of your participants, an employer with hard to fill vacancies, or a North of Tyne resident struggling to find work and would like to know more, please see below for contact details for the Employment Partnership Coordinator and Employer Engagement Coordinator in each Employment Partnership:
Employment Partnership Coordinator: Chris Ord – Chris.Ord@newcastle.gov.uk
Employer Engagement Coordinator: Richard Oswald – Richard.Oswald@newcastle.gov.uk
Employment Partnership Coordinator: Aaron Wilson – Aaron.Wilson@northtyneside.gov.uk
Employer Engagement Coordinator: Mike Kennedy – Michael.Kennedy@northtyneside.gov.uk
Employment Partnership Coordinator: Victoria Clarke – Victoria.Clarke@northumberland.gov.uk
Employer Engagement Coordinator: Ian Coull – Ian.Coull@advancenorthumberland.co.uk
Alternatively, if you have any queries or would like any further information about this project, please contact Nicola Dunn, NTCA Inclusive Economy Project Manager firstname.lastname@example.org