SCR Skills Provider Network

Current Calls:

ESF Priority Axis: Inclusive Labour Markets – Bidders Event on 12 May 2017

Following the launch of the Pathways to Progression Call to support young people who are NEET or at risk of becoming NEET and economically inactive adults, the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority would like to invite you to a bidders launch event.

Find out more about the Call and network with potential bidders by registering for the event on 12 May 2017 here- this event has now ended.


Clarifications from the Event:

The call launched by DWP for Sheffield City Region (Pathways to Progression) under Priority Axis 1 reflects the preferences of the Sheffield City Region in terms of participants and related activities. The European Social Fund Operational Programme 2014-2020 is the master document by which delivery will be measured. A copy of the Operational Programme can be found at the link below and includes information on Outputs, Results and Objectives.

ESF Operational Programme 2014-2020 PDF download

The geographical scope of interventions should be focussed on activity and beneficiaries within SCR. Preference may be given to projects that provide full geographic coverage across the City Region. Details can be found in section 2 under call requirements of the Call.

The Sheffield City Region will not be providing match funding as part of this call.


Adult Education Budget

The Sheffield City Region (SCR) Combined Authority (CA) secured a Devolution Deal with Government in 2015 that will see devolved funding for the Adult Education Budget (AEB) pass to the Combined Authority for the academic year 2018/19; similar deals have subsequently been agreed with a number of other city regions.

We are working closely with Government, providers and other stakeholders to identify our priorities in relation to the skills system, understand the mix and balance of provision currently being delivered in SCR through AEB and are developing the necessary policy framework to define our approach to funding.

It is absolutely critical that we get this right to provide the provider base in the SCR with certainty and confidence to deliver in challenging times for the sector. On that basis, I want to take this opportunity to inform you that should the CA wish to proceed with devolution (following further detail on the Readiness Conditions) that SCR will treat the 2018/19 Academic Year as a transition year with no fundamental changes to the current system for provider allocations, performance management and payment arrangements, with changes only being made to these where there is a compelling case to do so. This allows us to implement a phased approach to any changes to devolved AEB funding policy.

We do though still expect to see delivery focusing on priorities outlined in the eight Outcome Agreement Priorities and our emerging Skills and Employment Strategy.

We have received further communication from the Department for Education on arrangements and next steps in relation to Devolution of the Adult Education Budget which are summarised below.

  • A schedule to lay devolution orders
  • SCR to produce a Strategic Skills Plan
  • To maintain stability in the skills system, the Government has decided locality budgets will be based on the current amount of AEB allocated to providers, which is spent on learners resident in the Combined Authority area, rather than the development of a formula
  • To support pipeline Apprenticeships, the Government has decided the small element of funding for 19+ traineeship provision will be held within the national programme

We are committed to devolution of the AEB, ensuring it supports the challenges we face as a region and contributes to the economic prosperity of the region and residents. We’d like to thank you for your continued support on our journey towards devolution and we continue to look forward to working with you over the coming months on the development of the funding policy for 2019/20.

Introduction to the SCR Provider Network

Skills are a key element of the Sheffield City Region Strategic Economic Plan, an growth plan which will be transformational and over the next 10 years deliver an additional 70,000 new jobs; increase GVA by 10% and create an additional 6,000 new businesses.

There is a fundamental shift in the skills market – we will see unprecedented levels of employer investment, primacy of apprenticeships (especially in 19+), devolution of AEB (Adult Education Budget), loans amongst a few requiring a strong, cohesive, response.

About the SCR Provider Network

The Sheffield City Region Skills Provider Network is a strong forum through which the Sheffield City Region is working with providers from all sectors to shape policy.  The forum provides opportunities for providers to pool knowledge and share learning across peer groups.

With over 150 members currently, the network meets quarterly at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham. It is open to anyone to come along.  These meetings are interspersed with masterclasses and working groups to develop knowledge and progress action.

  • This network enables the active participation of skills development organisations operating with the Sheffield City Region (SCR) working in partnership to build and sustain a skills system that is responsive and flexible enough to respond to immediate and emerging skills needs of its businesses.

Why get involved?

  • To help create a vibrant, high-performing network of skills and employment providers which plays a key role in delivering the SCR’s Growth Plan to 2020 and beyond.
  • Access peer networking, knowledge sharing and build partnerships.
  • Have a voice in the shaping of Policy in SCR.
  • Receive regular updates on skills and employment activity across SCR

SCR Provider Network Meetings

Upcoming meetings:

12th May 2017: ESF Priority Axis Inclusive Labour Markets (10am-12pm). This event has now ended

17th May 2017: 14-19 Working Group. (10am-12pm). This event has now ended

15th June 2017: Quarterly Provider Network Meeting (9.30am-11.30am)

16th June 2017: AEB Working Group (9.30am-11.30am)

6th July 2017: Apprenticeship Working Group (9.30am-11.30am)

11th July 2017: Employability Working Group (2pm- 4pm)

15th September 2017: Quarterly Provider Network Meeting (9.30am-11.30am)

8th December 2017: Quarterly Provider Network Meeting (9.30am-11.30am)

Past Meetings:

Traineeship Workshop:

Sheffield City Region Traineeship Provider Workshop: Tuesday 4 April 2017 9am-12.30 (Advanced Manufacturing Park).

March meeting 2017

Skills Provider Network Meeting – 7 March

Underpinning Excellence Presentation – 7 March

Developing an Effective Communications Strategy Presentation – 7 March

Sector Readiness – 7 March

December’s meeting 2016 –

1) Lisa Clark / Andrea Fitzgerald – Intro and Employment Slides

2) Tim Allen – SCR Employment and Skills Strategy

3) Jonathan Well – SCR Skills Provider Network, Communication

4) James Farr – SCR Provider Network Masterclasses 2016/17

5) Chris MacCormac – Erasmus

6) SCR LMI Draft Report

September’s meeting – please click here to download the Agenda and Actions from the last meeting

Summary of April’s Meeting

SCR Network Communication – 6 September

SFA Apprenticeship Levy Key Points – 6 September

SCR LMI overview – 6 September

AEB Presentation – 6 September

Key Information

Networking for Success

Terms of Reference

Contact Us @ SCR Skills Provider NetworkAdd to Mailing List

Sheffield City Region Provider Network Survey

Sheffield City Region Labour Market Information report

Outcome Agreement Priorities