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Young Persons Guarantee Project Funding

Young Persons Guarantee Project Funding

Call for Employability Proposals

Clackmannanshire Council, on behalf of the Clackmannanshire Local Employability Partnership, is seeking project proposals from local third, private or public sector organisations that can provide employability support for 16 – 24 year olds in Clackmannanshire as part of the Young Person’s Guarantee offer locally.

The Young Person’s Guarantee is intended to provide young people, aged 16-24 years, with an opportunity, based on their own personal circumstances and ambitions, of:

  • enrolling in education;
  • joining an apprenticeship programme;
  • undertaking training;
  • accessing fair employment including work placements; or
  • participating in a formal volunteering programme.

A number of interventions are being funded as part of Clackmannanshire Council’s allocation of Young Person’s Guarantee funding for 2021/22. These include:

  • A Employer Recruitment Incentive (our Fair Work Incentive) of up to £6,000 per participant.
  • Intermediate Labour Market (ILM) opportunities in the third and public sectors, linked to community wealth building ambitions, which will provide fully funded jobs with vocational training for 12 months. 
  • A Start-up grant of £5,000 per participant to support young people to become self-employed.
  • A Care Experienced project (Voice & Opportunity) to find out what care experienced young people think of services locally and involve them in shaping future services.
  • Digital mental health support for all young people aged 16 -24.
  • A contribution towards the running costs of the Jumpstart Employability Programme.
  • LEP/YPG Co-ordination to build capacity within the local partnership to improve local partnership working and co-ordinate  delivery and promotion of YPG activities.
  • Key Working and administrative support in relation to administration and workforce capacity in providing support to eligible young people.

The above interventions are in addition to existing services for young people which are already being delivered locally by Clackmannanshire Works, DWP, Skills Development Scotland, Forth Valley College and other providers locally as listed in the Clackmannanshire Employability Services Directory.

Project Proposals

Eligible organisations are invited to submit project proposals for funding of between £3,000 and £9,000 to provide further additional activities for 16 – 24 year olds in Clackmannanshire. These activities must be delivered between mid October 2021 and March 2022, therefore organisations must have the capacity to deliver within this relatively short timescale.

Type of Activities

Activities need to demonstrate how they meet the priorities of the Young Person’s Guarantee as set out by Scottish Government in the Young Person’s Guarantee Funding Criteria.  The objectives include providing support for more young people to access good quality external employability programmes, formal volunteering and employment opportunities, and increasing the number of young people engaged in learning and skills development.

The Clackmannanshire Local Employability Partnership (LEP) are keen to see activities which offer innovative solutions to gaps in employability provision or complement existing provision as listed in the Clackmannanshire Employability Services Directory.  Some examples of key local priority areas identified by the LEP include:

  • Transition from addictions, young people who are almost ready to move forward but need additional support;
  • Literacy provision, but specifically work based literacy, where the focus is on what they may encounter in the work place.

Target Groups

The Clackmannanshire Local Employability Partnership would also like to see activities which target young people aged 16 – 24 who:

  • Have a learning or physical disability
  • Have additional support needs
  • Are care experienced
  • Are young carers
  • Have a criminal conviction
  • Are from an ethnic minority group
  • Have multiple barriers to employment
  • Refugee or other granted leave to stay in the UK
  • Are affected by substance misuse

Eligible Applicants

Proposals will only be accepted from organisations which:

  • Must be constituted organisations, have a bank account and be operating in the Clackmannanshire or the wider Forth Valley area
  • Have prior experience of delivering employability support to young people
  • Have relevant policies and procedures for the protection of children and vulnerable adults
  • Adequate Employers and Public liability insurance for the activities taking place

Reporting Requirements

Clackmannanshire Council is required to submit quarterly reports to Scottish Government on all young people supported through the Young Person’s Guarantee funding.

Successful organisations will be required to record participant details for every young person supported including information relating to all barriers experienced by the individual as well as information regarding equalities.  Quarterly updates on progress and achievement of outcomes as well as tracking of outcomes at 13, 26 and 52 weeks will also be required. YPG templates will be provided to capture this information.

Outcomes for the Young Person’s Guarantee include the following:

  • Entered employment (min. 8 hours)
  • School
  • Volunteering*
  • Entered Modern Apprenticeship
  • Entered FE/HE/Training
  • Achieved increase in income

Definition of volunteering: 'a person giving of his/her time and energy through a third party. It will benefit both the person and others, including individuals, groups and organisations, communities, the environment and society at large. Some volunteering may include a financial allowance.’ 

How to apply

Project proposals must be submitted to ClacksLEP@clacks.gov.uk  by 29th September, with those applying for funding likely to hear the outcome by 8th October. 

Decision making

Proposals will be assessed against the extent to which the project will:

  • Meet the objectives and milestones of the funding stream.
  • Address unmet need.
  • Reduce inequalities, help people most in need to progress on their employability journey.
  • Make a difference to the people you are working with.
  • Complement or add to existing services and resources.
  • Provide evidence of partnership working and how local young people have been involved in the planning of the proposal.
  • Provide details of how you will be able to quickly put your project in place due to the short funding period.
  • Be delivered by organisations with the skills and experience to deliver effectively.
  • Include clear costing and timescales that demonstrate value for money.
  • Provide robust knowledge of the tracking and monitoring systems you will put in place to ensure effective reporting and tracking.

Further Support

If you need any additional support or further information, please contact Jane Adamson, email: jadamson@clacks.gov.uk, t: 01259 452196.

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