Support to the Slough Advancement Network Prototype
Slough Working Better
The Slough Advancement Network, branded Slough Working Better, is building a comprehensive local partnership committed to organising information, advice and support as a comprehensive service offer aimed at supporting people as they return, remain and progress in work.
The Advancement Network prototype is one of ten across England linked to the development of the proposed adult advancement and careers service. In Slough it will:
- put in place the infrastructure and delivery mechanisms needed for the service to offer well organised multiple access points;
- align with the existing and potentially new investment in these services and an approach to Integrated Employment and Skills (IES) provision; and
- support the delivery of Slough's Local Area Agreement.
CFE supported the network through:
- Developing a business plan to May 2010.
- Supporting four test-bed projects including: personalised work placements; work-health trainers working from GP surgeries supporting those whose employment is affected by ill-health; four job and learning clubs based in social housing areas aimed at woman returns and offenders; and volunteer buddies supporting nextstep customers.
- Establishing management systems for the network and delivery partners to ensure effective referral and tracking, measure output achievement and success criteria.
- Supporting delivery partners to develop arrangements for capacity building in network, specifically arrangement for staff training and development.
- Supporting the development of agreed quality assurance system and compliance within network an its key partners.
- Establishing protocols for delivery partners, including setting up service level agreements or sub contracting arrangements.
To view a detailed summary of CFE's work with the Slough Working Better prototype please click here.