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Intermediate Labour Market (ILM) Programme
Boys on FilmDuring 2010/11 over 40 individuals started on the programme, with 36 completing their contracts. Many of these employees achieved literacy and numberacy qualifications as well as Emergency Aid in the Workplace and CIEH Basic Health and Safety Training. As a result of the programme a number of allotments and community sites have been cleared along with 160 residential gardens! View the film below to find out more about the impact that this Programme has had on the lives of the participants, and the local people receiving the service.

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2011/12 Quarter 3

As the project has now ended there is no financial claim this quarter. A final evaluation has been provided this quarter which highlights the projects successes. To summarise: 

  • 44 employees accessed the ILM programme
  • 39 gained level 2 in literacy qualifications
  • 37 gained level 2 in numeracy
  • 42 gained a First Aid Certificate
  • 43 gained level 2 Health and Safety in the work place
  • 21 successfully gained employment by the end of the programme (against a contracted target of 14)
  • Two further ILM employees have secured employment within The Shaw Trusts Grounds Maintenance Service.


Additional funding has been secured from The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) to provide informal adult learning based on horticulture, which has enabled The Shaw Trust to build on the good practice learned from the ILM programme and develop additional skills for unemployed individuals and people with health conditions.   

Following the end of WNF last year, the Shaw Trust were successful in securing a contract with Bolsover District Council (BDC) for grounds maintenance.  BDC are now currently procuring a five year tender for grounds maintenance which incorporates some of the learning from the ILM programme.  A fantastic success story!

2011/12 Quarter 2
In order to claim a job outcome for an ILM participant, it is required that they enter employment that is expected to last for a minimum of six months. 

The project has reported that to date, 16 ILM employees have successfully gained employment following completion of the programme, however, only eight had been claimed at the end of September as it is not always possible to gain evidence that the employment is expected to last at least six months. Some of these are currently employed on fixed term contracts within Shaw Trust’s new Grounds Maintenance Service project which is due to be reviewed.

Exit tracking post completion will still be undertaken next quarter with a view to capturing additional outcomes.  Additional funding has been gained to provide informal adult learning based on a horticultural theme awarded by NIACE, which will enable the Shaw Trust to build on the good practice of the ILM programme to up skill and enhance employment prospects for people that are unemployed and suffering from health conditions.
2011/12 Quarter 1

In order to claim a job outcome for an ILM participant, it is required that they enter employment that is expected to last for a minimum of six months. 

In Quarter 1, four ILM participants secured sustainable employment against a target of six.  However the project manager has reported that a further seven ILM employees have gained employment, one of which further evidence is being sought as their employer is refusing to sign a job verification form.  The remaining six (three of which have been employed by Shaw Trust to undertake the new Bolsover Council Grounds Maintenance Contract) are short fixed term contracts or through agencies and therefore do not meet the qualifying criteria to be counted as a job outcome.  Whilst agency/short term contract work has always been an option, as a result of attending the programme, gaining new skills and work experience, employees have been motivated to now consider these options in preference to being in receipt of benefits.

Exit tracking post completion will still be undertaken next quarter with a view to capturing additional outcomes.  Shaw Trust will also be looking to further develop Grounds Maintenance Service projects into a social enterprise to increase sustainability and provide community based activities.

2010/11 Year End

During 2010/11 the following has been achieved:

  • 44 starts on programme (100% male)
  • 18 still on programme as at end of March 2011
  • 18 have completed the programme
    • six into employment (two confirmed four pending receipt of evidence checks)
    • one into self employment (pending evidence checks
    • one into voluntary work/further education
  • eight early leavers
  • Additional four starts recruited for 18 weeks started in January 2011 using rolled up weeks from early leavers
  • 12 employees currently undertaking work placements with host employers
  • 37% of employees recruited onto the programme had no formal qualifications.  At the end of March 2011, 31 literacy and 29 numeracy qualifications were achieved, of which 18 were at Level 2
  • 43 employees achieved Emergency Aid in the Workplace and CIEH Basic Health and Safety Training Certificates
  • 160 residential gardens have been assisted
  • A number of allotments have been cleared as well as other sites including Bolsover Methodist Church, New Bolsover Estate, Whaley Thorns Common Community Garden

With all participants due to complete the programme by May 2011, the focus now is very much on sustaining activities beyond this date.  Discussions are underway between Bolsover District Council and the Shaw Trust to explore options to set up a social enterprise and deliver grass cutting and other horticultural activities for the Council in 2011.

2010/11 Quarter 3

At the end of December 2010:

  • 39 starts on programme (100% male)
  • 26 employees on programme
  • nine have completed the programme
    • four into employment (2 awaiting satisfactory CRB and reference checks)
    • one into self employmen
    • one into voluntary work
  • Additional five starts recruited for 18 weeks to start in January 2011 using rolled up weeks from early leavers
  • 39 employees achieved Emergency Aid in the Workplace accredited First Aid Courses
  • 38 employees achieved CIEH Basic Health and Safety Training Certificates
  • 35 employees currently undertaking Skills for Life courses
  • 13 employees undertaking placement opportunities with host employers
  • 150 residential gardens have been assisted
  • A number of allotments have been cleared as well as other sites including Bolsover Methodist Church, New Bolsover Estate, Whaley Thorns Common Community Garden

With all participants due to complete the programme by May 2011, the focus now is very much on sustaining activities beyond this date.  Discussions are underway between Bolsover District Council and the Shaw Trust to explore options to set up a social enterprise.

2010/11 Quarter 2

At the end of September 2010:

  • 31 starts on programme (100% male, 13% with a disability/condition)
  • 25 employees on programme, all aged between 26-40
  • five early leavers – two resigned and two exited
  • one has moved into employment as a result of the programme
  • 21 employees achieved Emergency Aid in the Workplace accredited First Aid Courses
  • 23 employees achieved CIEH Basic Health and Safety Training Certificates
  • 14 employees currently undertaking Skills for Life courses
  • five employees undertaking placement opportunities with host employers
  • 140 residential gardens have been assisted
  • A number of allotments have been cleared as well as other sites including Bolsover Methodist Church, New Bolsover Estate, Whaley Thorns Common Community Garden

It is anticipated that all 40 participants will have commenced by December 2010.  As there have been a number of early leavers, it is expected that unused weeks will be rolled up and additional employees recruited in the new year.

The programme has been very successful with some very positive feedback from residents, parish councils, Shaw Trust, Bolsover District Council staff and the employees themselves.  Options for continuing the programme following the period of the Working Neighbourhoods Funding are currently being explored.

2010/11 Quarter 1

This quarter has seen the appointment of a team to deliver the programme and the commencement of the programme.  By the end of Quarter 1, the project has reported the following information:

  • 37 referrals have been made to the programme (all male except one female)
  • 13 individuals have commenced on programme – all male
  • 13% have a health condition or disability
  • 12 of the 13 individuals are aged 26-40 years old
  • one individual has left the programme
  • seven have achieved Emergency Aid in the Workplace accredited First Aid Courses
  • seven employees undertaken basic Health & safety Training (results pending)
  • 13 employees undertaken awareness training in Manual Handling
A number of sites have been worked on including Whaley Common community garden, New Bolsover Estate, Bolsover Methodist Church, residential  gardens and Greenfingers Horticultural Project Park Avenue Shirebrook.

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