DD1466 Team London SkillUP Programme

Type of decision: 
Director's decision
Code: 
DD1466
Date signed: 
04 March 2016
Decision by: 
Jeff Jacobs, Head of Paid Service

Executive summary

Built on the success of volunteering at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Team London is a Mayoral initiative to promote volunteering across the capital and to encourage Londoners to ‘go local and do something great for their city’. Team London is working to build the next generation of volunteers, connecting young people with their communities and giving them skills, networks and experiences they need to find work, and to bring together business and third sector to increase impact across the capital. Under MD1526 the Mayor approved the Team London programme expenditure and associated projects up until 2017.

Subsequently DD1440, approved the receipt of up to a maximum of £146,000 in value in kind, from the first corporate partners of Team London’s SkillUP programme. This enabled the organisation and delivery of the HR, Finance and social media elements of the SkillUP programme, for the charity representatives taking part in the programme. Following the programmes initial success and having secured further support from Portland PR and Natixis, Team London would now like to expand the programme to add a PR module, to be delivered by Portland PR and a Sales & Engaging with Businesses module to be delivered by Natixis. This would enable charities to gain further additional skills and feel the benefits of attending training sessions that are delivered by business professionals, in partnership with Team London.

 

Decision

That the Executive Director approves the following for the Team London SkillUP Programme:

•    Receipt of up to a maximum of £80,000 in value in kind from Portland PR and Natixis.
•    Receipt and expenditure of up to a maximum of £20,000 in cash income from Portland PR and Natixis.

 

Part 1: Non-confidential facts and advice

Introduction and background

1.1    Built on the success of volunteering at London 2012, Team London is a Mayoral initiative to promote volunteering across the capital and to encourage Londoners to ‘go local and do something great for their city’.  Team London is working to build the next generation of volunteers, connecting young people with their communities and giving them skills, networks and experiences they need to find work, and to bring together business and third sector to increase impact across the capital.  

1.2       Team London’s new Skill-UP programme brings together business and charities through gifting time and support to enable charity professionals to gain the skills and support they need to develop individually and thus grow the impact of their charity.  Champion businesses from different sectors will work with Team London to shape training boot camps for staff from small charities and provide mentors to support individuals as they put their learning into practice. The project will be delivered in the form of workshops for charity and third sector professionals which will be delivered by corporate professionals from relevant business fields. The workshops will include modules on financial management, HR and staff management and the use of social media as a means to promote and market organisations. The workshops will either be held at City Hall or at the offices of partner businesses who are supporting the programme.

1.3        To best analyse what the needs of London’s small charity sector, Team London conducted a comprehensive study of the capital’s non-profits.  To fully understand the problem, Team London undertook the following: 

•     2 in-depth, formal focus groups with CEOs/senior staff of charities and business.  One focus  
 group was held at City Hall and one at the 639 centre in Tottenham.
•    Ad hoc focus groups on third sector staff who attended City Hall for various Team London 
 meetings over the period of the research.
•    An electronic survey of all organisations registered on the Team London website.  We 
 received 50 responses.
•    A review of the relevant literature that analysed the skills gaps of small charities

1.4    Research by the FSI has shown that skills gaps represent a major barrier for small charities, with lack     of funding for training and development cited as the main reason for perceived skills gaps. Some     specific examples include 43 percent of those with responsibility for HR indicated that they need     some upskilling in the latest HR laws and practices and 50 percent of respondents indicated there     was need for improvement in website development and utilising social media. Smaller charities often     struggle to connect with business to be able to share their expertise, they do not have the contacts     to ask, and sometimes do not know what to ask for.    

1.5    Team London launched the SkillUP programme in June 2015.  The initial module was in human resources and delivered in collaboration with the CIPD.  Results from the module are outlined below:

•    93% of participants rated their satisfaction as 7 out of 10 or higher in regards to the course.
•    86% rated the content as 7 out of 10 or above.
•    57% rated content as 8 out of 10 or above.
•    86% of attendees agreed they will evaluate or improve recruitment as a result of the skills and information learned through the HR module.

 

Objectives and expected outcomes

2.1    As with the previous modules, it is expected that these additional workshops will deliver the following outcomes:

-    15-30 attendees per workshop
-    15-30 mentoring relationships established per workshop
-    1 resource guide developed for each module of the SkillUP programme
-    A minimum of 20% increase in learning across the topics of the SkillUP module.
-    2 workshops per module each year. 

2.2    The cash income received will contribute towards Team London’s costs of facilitating and running 
any workshops held at City Hall. This will also contribute to costs such as marketing and PR collateral in the form of printing of booklets and resources for the charity attendees and also catering for any sessions run at City Hall.

2.3     The VIK element in this decision consists of the following:

- £15,000 of staff time per partner per year for ongoing mentoring of the charity staff who attend 
  the SkillUP sessions.
- £2,000 of staff time per partner per year for the setup, design and delivery of each SkillUP module.
- £2,000 of printing and associated marketing materials per partner per year of the agreement.
- £1,000 towards costs of room hire per partner per year of the agreement.

2.4     All of the above totals to £80,000 VIK received.

 

Equality comments

3.1       The Skill-UP project is specifically aimed at employees of charity and third-sector organisations, although any employees of such organisations are able to apply to attend any of the 
            Skill-UP workshops.

 

 

Other considerations

4.1    The project links to key Mayoral initiatives of The Mayor’s vision 2020 (working with businesses to create/ support work opportunities for young people and support volunteering).

4.2    As with the previous elements of the SkillUp programme, Team London will continue to survey delegates both at the start and the end of each workshop to ensure that the topics covered are both useful and relevant. This will also enable Team London to gauge the increase in knowledge of the attendees therefore giving valuable insight into the effectiveness of the sessions.

 

Financial comments

5.1    Further support for the Skill-UP programme has been secured in the form of value-in-kind and cash contributions during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 financial years. The total additional amounts equate to £80,000 value-in-kind and a £20,000 cash contribution allocated as per the table below. In return for the value-in-kind, project partners will receive marketing and publicity services from the GLA for which the monetary value is equivalent of the deliverables that it is receiving, thus resulting in VAT charges on both sides. Consequently, the GLA and all the project partners/sponsors should supply VAT only invoices to ensure VAT is correctly accounted for.   

5.2    The total VIK and cash contributions are detailed below:

 

2015-16 VIK

2016-17 VIK

Portland PR

£20,000

£20,000

Natixis

£20,000

£20,000

Total value of VIK received

£40,000

£40,000

 

 

2015-16 Income

2016-17 Income

Portland PR

£5,000

£5,000

Natixis

£5,000

£5,000

Total value of cash received

£10,000

£10,000

 

Planned delivery approach and next steps

Activity

Timeline

SkillUP launches

June 2015

Natixis SkillUP module launch

March 2016

Portland SkillUP module launch

April 2016

Second Natixis SkillUP workshop

September 2016

Second Portland SkillUP workshop

October 2016

Third Natixis SkillUP workshop

March 2017

Third Portland SkillUP workshop

April 2017

Fourth Natixis SkillUP workshop

September 2017

Fourth Portland SkillUP workshop

October 2017

Final report produced

November 2017

Programme close

December 2017