Employability and Inclusion

Information on the Employability and Inclusion Team...

Employability and Inclusion...

What we do 
As part of the Strategic Transport and Employability Team, the Employability and Inclusion Team sets the strategic direction for employability and inclusion services delivered directly by Northumberland County Council and in partnership with other organisations.
In partnership with the Council’s Learning and Skills Service, the team works to ensure the labour market needs of Northumberland residents are met through a diverse range of support programmes. Key strategic partners include DWP, North of Tyne Combined Authority and NE Local Enterprise Partnership, and team actively works with service providers in the voluntary, public and private sectors to support their delivery for the benefit of Northumberland residents and the labour market.
Economic Advisors work with other Council departments and external employment and skills providers, using analysis of labour market data and intelligence on the needs of jobseekers and employers to develop, coordinate and support the employability and inclusion provider landscape.

The Team is working with North of Tyne Combined Authority and DWP to establish Youth Employment Partnerships (YEPs). Young people's employment opportunities have been disrupted by the Covid pandemic but young people will be critical to supporting economic recovery.  The Youth Employment Partnership will bring organisations together in a coordinated approach to make sure young people get all of the support they need with skills and job search to help them get into good quality work.  Further details on the Youth Employment Work can be found here:  Northumberland Youth Employment Partnership
The Team also manages projects where the Council acts as Lead Accountable Body, currently:
  • Bridge Northumberland – A partnership of Northumberland VCS organisations delivering a range of support funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and ESF
  • North of Tyne Working Homes – A partnership of housing providers in the public and private sectors, along with learning providers, to support social housing tenants into work, part funded by ESF.
A full list of our projects can be found here:  Employability & Inclusion Team Projects

The team contributes to delivery of the Northumberland Economic Strategy and works with partner local authorities in North Tyneside and Newcastle to support the North of Tyne Combined Authority to deliver its ambitions for an Inclusive Economy.
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Previous Programmes
Key legacy projects delivered by the team included