Issue - decisions

Pathways to Progression - Ambition

22/11/2018 - Pathways to Progression - Ambition


The Executive Director, People Services submitted a report informing Members of a successful bid submitted for the Pathways to Progression programme and seeking approval for Sheffield City Council to act as the lead body on behalf of Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Councils in relation to the management of monies received and the activity it supports.  




RESOLVED: That Cabinet:- 





approves that Sheffield City Council will act as the accountable body for the Pathways to Progression programme on behalf of the South Yorkshire local authorities (Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham) subject to the final terms and conditions being the same as those summarised in the report;






approves the use of the city’s employment programmes, Sheffield Working and Sheffield 100, as match funding for the life of the programme - 2019 to June 2021;






approves agreement being entered into with Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Councils and payments of European Social Fund (ESF) grant being made thereunder; and






delegates authority to the Executive Director, People Services, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, the Director of Finance and Commercial Services and the Director of Legal Services, to:-







agree the terms and conditions and accept the South Yorkshire Pathways to Progression fund in the event that the final terms and conditions are not the same as those summarised in the report; and








agree the procurement strategy and award contracts as required to deliver the outcomes. 






Reasons for Decision




Increasing youth employment is a critical challenge for the city which will have long lasting impacts if not addressed. This proposal is designed to make a sustainable difference to young people who may not otherwise have the opportunity or support to pursue further education, employment or training.




A failure to address the needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged young people is perpetuated in the adult population where those with multiple and complex barriers and those in marginalised communities are overrepresented in the workless cohort.  




This proposal aims to increase participation in the labour market and thereby improve social inclusion and mobility. It  will provide additional opportunities and increase the support available for:


• 15-18 year olds who are, or are at risk of becoming,  NEET

• marginalised 18+ year olds and those with multiple and complex barriers 




Alternatives Considered and Rejected




The Council could decide not to accept the grant.  However, at this time there are no known alternative options to consider that offer additional support and funding for these groups and so this option is not recommended.  




Any Interest Declared or Dispensation Granted








Reason for Exemption if Public/Press Excluded During Consideration








Respective Director Responsible for Implementation




Jayne Ludlam, Executive Director, People Services




Relevant Scrutiny and Policy Development Committee If Decision Called In




Economic and Environmental Wellbeing