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1 Setting the Scene - how the GLA Group and NAS are developing apprenticeship opportunities through procurement Tessa Staniforth and Sue Welsh

2 Central Responsible Procurement Team Contents Background Why is skills and employment a commercial priority for the GLA Group? Skills Labour Needs Analysis (SLNT) The role of the Supplier Skills Managers (GLA) The role of Employer Services Managers (NAS) National Apprenticeship Service Case Studies Learning Points 1

3 Central Responsible Procurement Team Background 2 In July 2008, the London Skills and Employment Board (LSEB) published: Londons Future: The Skills and Employment Strategy for London 2008 – 2013 Transport for London released its 10 year Skills and Employment Strategy in March 2009 Research has identified skills shortages in construction, engineering and technical areas Strong agenda around: Greater support to employers in providing more jobs and skills opportunities to Londoners Supporting Londoners to improve their skills and prospects Other national and regional agendas around Increasing the number of apprentices Worklessness Agenda and long term unemployed

4 Central Responsible Procurement Team Why is Skills and Employment a Social-Economic Priority for the GLA Group? To ensure Londoners and the London economy benefit from GLA works: High cost of worklessness and skills shortages to London: improving employment and skills outcomes contributes to reductions in child poverty, crime, improved health and sustainability Londons worklessness rate is 30% Less than 50% have the numeracy skills expected of those who have completed primary school By 2020 we expect 50% of jobs to require degree level qualifications Strong Mayoral agenda around supporting employers to provide more jobs and skills opportunities to Londoners Strong Mayoral and Government support for apprenticeships: Coalition has pledged £250 million extra funding for adult apprentices in CSR 3

5 Central Responsible Procurement Team Why is Skills and Employment a Commercial Priority for the GLA Group? To ensure GLA Group suppliers provide a capable and competent workforce: Skilled workforce will ensure suppliers have sufficient capability and competency to deliver to time, quality and cost requirements Substantial evidence that training and development improves productivity through reducing staff turnover and a quicker adaption to new techniques Skills shortages and an aging workforce in key sectors relevant to GLA Group contracts, including construction, engineering, and IT pose a high risk to future growth (e.g.Project Brunel) 4

6 Central Responsible Procurement Team Strategic Labour Needs & Training (SLNT) – What Is It? To maximise the value of GLAs project spend, there are SLNT requirements within GLA group contracts that seek to ensure suppliers: Train and develop their workforce to ensure capability/competency Offer training, employment and skills opportunities to London communities, particularly in relation to disadvantaged groups SLNT is implemented through: Embedding SLNT requirements within new contracts Assisting new and existing suppliers access funding and support to delivery skills and employment requirements through the Supplier Skills Team 5

7 Central Responsible Procurement Team 6 Strategic Labour Needs and Training (SLNT) – How Is It Used? Toolkit provides clear guidance and targets of what TfL expects from its suppliers and how they should respond Contracts are considered on a case by case basis to identify which have the greatest scope for implementing SLNT provisions Relevance and proportionality are the key to ensuring supplier compliance, and are considered at an early stage with legal and subject matter experts PQQ / ITT stages are designed to ensure supplier awareness of the SLNT requirements and provide TfL with an outline delivery plan Key stage is post contract award and the requirement for the supplier to work with TfL to develop a detailed delivery plan Monitoring and contract management critical to successful delivery SLNT seen as part of a broader long term relationship with suppliers through SRM / contract management

8 Central Responsible Procurement Team SLNT – How Does It Work? Outputs Worklessness Job Start Graduate Placement Positions (200 Days) Tasters Positions (100 Days) Apprenticeships Workforce Development Education Engagement Trigger Points: Consultancy / Service Contracts (£1m Value) OR Construction / Manufacturing Contracts (£3m Value) 1 SLNT Requirement (1 Apprentice or Equivalent) Equivalence and Priority: 50% of SLNT outputs must be a TfL Priority

9 Central Responsible Procurement Team 8 SLNT – An Example The above example covers construction/ manufacturing and demonstrates meeting the 12 SLNT requirements required for the contract and meeting the 50% of deliverables within TfL Priority areas

10 Central Responsible Procurement Team 9 The team of SSMs are embedded within the GLA Groups Central Responsible Procurement Team and funded by the LDA. Their role is to: Assist GLA group suppliers gain funding and support from available employment and skills programmes Work with GLA groups Supply Chain to understand the suppliers requirements and help them deliver these Help co-ordinate the various agencies and organisations (including Sector Skills councils, NAS, JCP etc) that offer skills or employment funding, into one integrated programme Co-ordinate and monitor the GLA group Supply Chains to ensure requirements are being met The Role of Supplier Skills Managers (GLA)

11 Central Responsible Procurement Team National Apprenticeship Service Vision. The National Apprenticeship Services vision is that by 2020 every employer will value an Apprenticeship as the key route to equipping them with the skills they need for their business. Mission The National Apprenticeship Service has responsibility for delivery of Apprenticeships through the pursuit of three key principles: Supporting employers Stimulating high quality demand from individuals Ensuring that training is relevant, timely and high quality

12 Central Responsible Procurement Team National Apprenticeship Service Functions Employer Services Provide a One Stop Apprenticeship Advice and Support Service for all employers and promote the Apprenticeship vacancy service Apprenticeship vacancies Free on-line recruitment service for employers to advertise apprenticeship vacancies Learner Services Promote Apprenticeships and the Apprenticeship vacancy system supporting individuals and key intermediaries including: Local Authorities, Connexions, Schools, JCP and ensure provision matches demand

13 Central Responsible Procurement Team The Role of Employer Services Managers (NAS) There are two Employer Services Managers working alongside the Supplier Skills team and their role is to: Assist GLA Supplier Skills Managers (SSMs) in identifying employers needs Joint meetings with employers Engage with employers/prospective employers at earliest opportunity Identify gaps in Framework and Provider base Identify appropriate Providers through usual selection criteria or through competitive tendering Account management function throughout Monitoring progress to agreed targets and regular updates with SSMs

14 Central Responsible Procurement Team Case Studies Serco Delivered and exceeded SLNT requirements on worklessness and apprenticeships Rentokil Pre-employment training for LUCAS card, delivering against worklessness requirements and looking into apprenticeships First London & Arriva the Shires Pilot schemes for bus driver apprenticeships looking to be rolled out to other bus companies EPMF Consortium Consortium approach to delivering technical civil engineering apprenticeships, led by Mott McDonald with 6 consultancies involved Borough Apprenticeship Consortium 5 boroughs working in partnership to deliver highways technician apprenticeship for 10 young people 13

15 Central Responsible Procurement Team Learning Points Support from SSM & NAS provides suppliers with the tools to implement new recruitment and training practices across other areas of their business Flexibility within SLNT requirements ensures it is a generic model that can be components most suit their business needs Suppliers are keen to engage with this agenda but can be put off by the complexities of public funding: SSM & NAS help them to navigate through this Suppliers recognise skills, employment & training requirements are increasingly embedded within public sector procurement processes, therefore engaging in this activity can give them a competitive advantage Suppliers often need SSM & NAS support to win hearts and minds internally, to introduce apprenticeship programmes into their organisation Effective partnership working is key Develop systems to measure and monitor progress

16 Central Responsible Procurement Team 15 Tessa Staniforth GLA Supplier Skills Manager T: E: Sue Welsh NAS Employer Services Manager T: E: Harminder Matharu NAS Employer Services Manager T: E: Contacts

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