Business, Innovation, Employment & Skills Cabinet Member – Minutes – 16 May 2016

The council was currently managing and delivering the LEADER rural development programmes using funding from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).  The current programme sought to build on the success of the previous 2007-13 LEADER Programme and provide a strategy for growth across rural Northern Lincolnshire.

The council acted as the Accountable Body for the local programme.  This covered the rural areas of North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.  A Local Action Group was in place to oversee the allocation of funding and staffing was now required to help deliver the programme.

The structure for delivering the LEADER Programme for Northern Lincolnshire was to have a LEADER Coordinator and a part time LEADER Support Officer.  The Coordinator was already in post and a Support Officer was now required to further support the programme.

Resolved – That the creation of a new post of LEADER Support Officer, as set out in the report, be approved.

2 (2) GRADUATE AND YOUNG PERSONS’ WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAMME – The Director of Places submitted a report seeking approval to provide a graduate and young persons’ summer paid work experience programme.

The council had successfully supported undergraduates and postgraduates in gaining valuable paid work experience over the last four years.  The programme had run throughout the summer holidays and had proven very successful.

The placements gave the council the opportunity to use these young people to undertake specific pieces of work or offer a stopgap where resources had been unavailable.  The individuals benefited from gaining valuable work experience towards enhancing their future employment and career chances.

The council employed two new cohorts of apprentices each year and were looking to develop a new cohort within the Catering and Hospitality area.  This had been unsuccessful due to the local training provision not being in place.  North Lindsey College intended to create the provision in September 2016.

Resolved – That the creation of a graduate and young persons’ summer work experience programme be approved.