Heseltine Institute Policy Briefing 2(18)

Our latest policy briefing is a collaboration between the Heseltine Institute and the University of Birmingham’s City-REDI and WMREDI. Reflecting on the lessons of two local employment support pilots, in the West Midlands and Liverpool City Region, it explores how collaborative working across different tiers of government, and between the public, private and voluntary sectors, can deliver locally sensitive solutions to worklessness.

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Policy Brief 2(18): Influencing Local Employment Support

The policy briefing highlights evidence from two pilot employment projects, evaluated by City-REDI/WMREDI and the Heseltine Institute. It discusses the potential for mayoral combined authorities (MCAs) to build on their current devolved powers and develop place-based interventions. The geographical remit of MCAs, operating across functional labour markets, make them uniquely positioned to lead complex skills and employability programmes. There are benefits to moving beyond transactional relationships in employment support to more in-depth, long-term partnerships based on trust. However, there is a need to improve data sharing and policy learning across organisations.



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