RegenerationMK 2030 Strategy - Strategic Priority 3: PROSPERITY
Through Prosperity, we will tackle the root cause of poverty by improving access to employment and increasing income levels. We will seek to unlock entrepreneurial talent, re-invest in the local economy, develop skills that are matched to the needs of the local labour market and develop mechanisms that will support educational achievement and help guard against future poverty risk.
The Economic Regeneration priorities aim to increase:
- Access to training to enable individuals to obtain the skills necessary for sustainable employment.
- Employment opportunities for individuals by ensuring jobs are made available to all those who are suitably qualified.
- Numbers of people in apprenticeships/placements/work experience.
This will be achieved primarily through the Neighbourhood Employment Programme
What is the Neighbourhood Emploment Programme?
The Neighbourhood Employment Programme (NEP) is the employment support programme created by the Council to support unemployed residents of Milton Keynes into employment.
Targeting areas of high unemployment, it aims to support those people with few or no skills onto a progression pathway into employment.
What does it do?
Delivered on a weekly basis, from multiple locations, across Milton Keynes, the NEP provides a free employment support service, where people can access:
- Individual employability support
- The latest vacancies
- IT based job search facilities
- Training courses and qualifications
- Confidence building
- Signposting to specialist support services including drug and alcohol, domestic violence, mental health etc.
- Budgeting & debt advice
- Self-employment guidance
- Skills for life
- IT courses
How does it work?
Working in partnership with MK College, Job Centre Plus, Careers Action, Community Learning MK, Spotlight and a range of support partners and services, the NEP provides an individual and holistic journey for each customer to take towards employment.
What about vacancies?
Working with Job Centre Plus and the Council’s Economic Development team, the NEP directly engages with local and national employers, supporting their recruitment drives, e.g. Doubletree Hilton, Morrisons, Kuehne & Nagel, Bounce and Smyths Toys, ensuring local jobs for local people.
What about developing skills?
Customers attending the service have access to a wide range of free training and qualifications that will help upskill them, both on an academic and vocational basis as part of their journey towards employment.
The NEP works alongside Adult Education, Economic Development and the Adult Learning forum. It also supports the Council’s Skills Strategy to help ensure Milton Keynes residents have the right skills for the local labour market, now and in the future.
Does it work?
Yes! Our achievements speak for themselves….
Since it was launched in January 2012, the NEP has:
Been accessed by 8,700 people
- Helped 3,002 people into employment
- Supported 5,219 people into training
Last Updated: 3 December 2018