Evaluation of the Copeland Work and Skills Programme (Building Momentum 2019-2022), final report

Mulvey, Gail ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0894-3065 (2023) Evaluation of the Copeland Work and Skills Programme (Building Momentum 2019-2022), final report. (Unpublished)

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The Copeland Work and Skills Partnership (CWSP) was established in May 2009 to bring together organisations in the Borough which were addressing worklessness and supporting the needs of those who were claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance or incapacity benefit, and in particular, those aged under 25 and NEET. It was felt that coordination and sharing of information on those who were out of work and possible programmes to support them into employment or skills development would both aid delivery across the Borough, improve outcomes for clients and Programmes and thereby help narrow the gap between Copeland’s employment rate and skill levels with those of the rest of Cumbria and the North West of England. The CWSP has received funding to develop and run a Programme that would aid the work of the Partnership in achieving certain objectives related to improving employability, upskilling and re-skilling of people living in the Borough. In 2015, the Centre for Regional Economic Development (CRED) at the University of Cumbria was commissioned to conduct a review and assessment of the CWSP to see primarily what gaps and duplication there might be in the provision of programmes to reduce worklessness in Copeland and also to evaluate the success of the Partnership’s Programme (CWSPP). Following this, an extended Programme of activity with the involvement of more partners was funded between 2016-19 and a second evaluation was conducted by CRED in 2018. Suggestions for future development of the CWSPP, in particular to take account of the increased need for welfare services due to changes in the welfare system (move from Job Seekers Allowance to Universal Credit) and an increased need to support those furthest away from the labour market, were incorporated in a programme of work for 2019-22 entitled “Building Momentum.”

Item Type: Report
Departments: Institute of Business, Industry and Leadership > Business
Centre for Regional Economic Development (CRED)
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2023 11:04
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 14:32
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/7053


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