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LSC launches £35 million ESF programme
The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has launched a new funding programme that aims to help more than 16,000 Londoners into training and employment.
According to the LSC, the 'Pan London 2'(PL2) programme will distribute £35 million of European Social Funding (ESF) to support employment and skills projects across the capital.
James Plaskitt MP, parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department for Work and Pensions said: "This programme will have a huge impact on Londoners' lives, giving people chances they may not otherwise have had, which in turn will strengthen communities and give job opportunities to more people than ever. Projects developed as a result of this funding will provide the potential for people to obtain qualifications to find a job.
"This investment by ESF supports the Government's strategy to achieve employment opportunity for all, therefore building a fairer and more inclusive society."
Mary Conneely, regional director regeneration for the London LSC said: "The first Pan London ESF programme worth £29.5 million has already helped over 8,000 Londoners into training. ESF has enhanced the life prospects of many people and boosted the supply of skilled labour to the London economy.
"14,439 people have gained a qualification through LSC co-financed ESF projects in London since 2002 and over 4,300 have found employment as a result - that is an amazing feat and a trend that can continue with this injection of funding through the Pan London 2 programme. We congratulate all our partners for their innovation and hard work to deliver this."
The LSC says that one of the key priorities for the programme is to improve the prospects of unemployed and inactive people - creating opportunities for training, giving people an incentive to take up these opportunities and ensuring that people are encouraged to find work.
The LSC also wants the programme to increase the supply of Level 3 vocational training to employees which it says will help contribute to the higher level skills and qualifications needed by Londoners to compete in our knowledge based economy.
Level 3 training will be prioritised on sectors which are most likely to experience shortfalls in the supply of qualified labour. The highest priority sectors for Level 3 support have been identified as construction, retail, leisure and tourism, health and social care.
The LSC are directing providers who wish to apply for funding under this programme to the Prospectus, Tender Proposal Form and Guidance, available from: www.londoncentrallsc.gov.uk
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