Agenda and minutes

Thames Valley Berkshire City Deal (Elevate Berkshire) Joint Committee - Tuesday, 25 September 2018 10.30 am

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Apologies for Absence and Substitute Members

To receive apologies for absence and to note the attendance of any substitute members.


The Joint Committee noted that apologies had been received from Councillor Munro, for whom Councillor Smith was substituting.  In addition, it was advised that Councillor Rankin would no longer be representing the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.  Councillor Bicknell would be taking on the role he had previously held on the Joint Committee.


Appointment of Vice-Chairman


RESOLVED that Councillor Page be appointed Vice-Chairman of the Joint Committee.

Councillor Page in the Chair


Election of Chairman


RESOLVED that Councillor Munro be elected Chairman of the Joint Committee.


Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any personal or disclosable pecuniary interest in respect of any matter to be considered at this meeting.


Any Member with a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in a matter should withdraw from the meeting when the matter is under consideration and should notify the Democratic Services Officer in attendance that they are withdrawing as they have such an interest. If the Disclosable Pecuniary Interest is not entered on the register of Members interests the Monitoring Officer must be notified of the interest within 28 days.


There were no declarations of interest.


Urgent Items of Business

Any other items which, pursuant to Section 100B(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972, the Chairman decides are urgent.


There were no urgent items of business.


Minutes and Matters Arising from the Last Meeting pdf icon PDF 173 KB

To approve the minutes of the last meeting held on 22 May 2018 and receive updates on any issues not covered elsewhere on the agenda.


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 22 May 2018 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


Elevate Berkshire ESF Project Update pdf icon PDF 289 KB

To provide the Joint Committee with an update on the Elevate Berkshire European Social Fund Programme.


Key Updates:-


           Item 1 – Update From Central Team on Key Projects

           Item 2 – Partner Updates

           Item 3 - Performance and Funding

           Item 4 – Future Plans

Additional documents:


The Joint Committee considered a report providing an update on the Thames Valley Berkshire Elevate programme since its last meeting.


The report included:


           An update from the Central Team on Key Projects

           Partner Updates

           An update on Performance and Funding

           Future Plans


The topics covered included


           Slough Project 1- A contract for £170,000 to engage and support 390 eligible young people into employment, education or training or to gain basic skills. With a particular focus of supporting those from an ethnic minority (B&ME) background.


           Slough Project 2- A contract for £40,000 to engage and support 40 lone parents into education, employment or training.


           Digital Marketing – Recruitment of a Digital Marketing Assistant, who, once in post, would provide some digital marketing training for Elevate staff so all partners could become more proactive in this area. Although only a temporary post, 40 applications had been received.


           Employment is Everyone’s Business Project


           Dynamic Purchasing System


Partner updates were included in the report from:


           Bracknell Forest


           The Prince’s Trust


           Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead


           Adviza - Reading


           Ways Into Work


           West Berkshire Council


           Wokingham Borough Council


           Slough Borough Council


The reports were supported by some case studies.  Other points made during the discussion were that:


·                     The Office of National Statistics’ records showed that, in Bracknell Forest, 85 young people had signed up for job seekers allowance in the 18-24 age range.


·                     There were 25 NEETs in Bracknell Forest.


·                     Capacity was an issue so Bracknell Forest was engaging virtually with its partners, but the arrangement was remaining strong.


·                     West Berkshire was aiming to identify those who had not gone on to college  or work.


·                     Wokingham was close to achieving its target and was working out how to take the work forward.


·                     1% were unknown in Slough.


·                     There were 40 plus NEETs in the looked-after cohort in Slough.


With regard to performance, the Joint Committee was advised that:


           The partnership had engaged 1624 young people since November 2015, of these 358 had been supported into employment education or training.


           The partnership had already delivered against the disability target for the programme, supporting 488 participants who had declared a disability against a target of 280.


           The partnership had supported 31 young people to gain basics skills; this was against a 3 year target of 24.


           Good progress was being made against the ethnic minority target, as delivery of Slough Project 1 had made a positive start this would make a considerable contribution to this target being met.


The Joint Committee was advised that the current priorities were:


           Ongoing work to ensure that evidence was collected for results where they had been achieved.


           Work by all partners to ensure that the lone parents target was met, although the delivery which had begun in Slough by Kennedy Scott would make a considerable contribution to this target.


           Continued effort to engage with eligible young  ...  view the full minutes text for item 18.


Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Joint Committee will be held at 10.30am on Tuesday 21 May 2019, following the meeting of the Thames Valley Berkshire LEP Forum that morning..


With the project due to end of 30 June 2019, this should also be the last meeting of the Joint Committee.  However, if any issues arise between now and 21 May which require formal input from members, an additional meeting will be arranged.


The Joint Committee was advised that its next meeting would be held at 10.30am on Tuesday 21 May 2019, following the meeting of the Thames Valley Berkshire LEP Forum that morning..


With the project due to end of 30 June 2019, this should also be the last meeting of the Joint Committee.  However, if any issues arose between this meeting and 21 May which required formal input from members, an additional meeting would be arranged.  In addition, the meeting on 21 May 2019 would determine whether there was a need for a further meeting.