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Primary Prize Event - July 2011

The second annual Primary Prize was held at Epping Forest College on 6 July 2011. To read the full press release of the event please click here.

Photographs taken at the event are shown below.



Partnership Celebrates Primary Success

On Wednesday 14 July the West Essex Partnership marked the hard work and achievements of children at primary schools across
the Epping Forest District.

The West Essex Primary Prize Awards were hosted by Epping Forest College. Almost 90 local children who had been singled out by their schools for particular praise over the last year were rewarded with book token prizes.

The West Essex Partnership (WEP) is made up of the three local strategic partnerships from Epping Forest, Harlow and Uttlesford. WEP have established the prize as a way of supporting local schools and recognising and celebrating the achievements of children of primary school age.

The prizes included certificates and £20 book tokens for pupils selected by their teachers as the most improved over the last year in areas such as literacy, numeracy, science/ICT, sport and music. Schools were also asked to award a special prize in any subject or category they wished.

A total of 32 schools with almost 6,000 pupils participated across west Essex. Members of the partnership have also attended ten local school assemblies to hand out some of these award certificates. Sponsorship for the prizes and the event was also provided by Essex County Council.    

Councillor Diana Collins Chairman of One Epping Forest (LSP) and Leader of the District Council commented “I have been very happy to be involved in the primary prize. It has given us the opportunity to recognise and celebrate all the great work that is going on in our primary schools across the district. The children who have won a prize today range from foundation to year six and the prizes are a simple way of recognising their achievements and coming together as a community to say very well done.”

The event was also attended by the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Mrs Anne Grigg who presented the prizes, Jeanie Wright principal of Epping Forest College, Councillor Valerie Metcalfe representing Essex County Council and Derek Macnab deputy Chief Executive of Epping Forest District Council.

The awards event got off to a great start with a musical performance from students of Roding Valley High School.


West Essex Organisations successfully bid for Government's Future Jobs Fund

Almost 160 local young people will get new jobs, training and work experience after a successful bid to the Government's Future Jobs Fund by West Essex organisations.The West Essex Partnership (encompassing the Harlow, Uttlesford and Epping Forest Local Strategic Partnerships) has been awarded just over £1million to assist young people who have been unemployed for approaching a year.

The bid was led by Harlow Council but the jobs and training places will be spread between dozens of local public sector and social enterprise organisations including Harlow Council, Harlow District Chamber of Commerce, Kier Harlow, Harlow Welfare Rights and Advice, Epping Forest District Council, Epping Forest College, Uttlesford District Council, Organic Countryside and Walden Local Food.

The project will run until March 2011 and the posts will be of six month duration. These posts will be offered in two stages (79 jobs per stage) and aimed at 18-24 year olds who have been on Job Seekers Allowance for approaching 12 months and other long term unemployed people. All of the jobs will pay at least the minimum wage and none of the new jobs are replacing existing roles or vacancies. All applicants will initially be referred to the scheme from JobcentrePlus and will need to go through a recruitment and selection process for the jobs.

The scheme will be managed by Employ-Ability and during the course of the job the young people will receive support to help them improve their future job prospects. All of the employees will have a guaranteed offer to work for a NVQ level 2 in customer services or equivalent and they will be offered other workplace training and help with preparing a CV.

Leader of Harlow Council Cllr Andrew Johnson said:

"We are delighted with this funding - the jobs could not have been created without it and during this difficult time it is young people that have suffered worst from the lack of employment opportunities. All of the posts are in environmental or social enterprise environments and will be supported with training to help the young people gain permanent work once the six month period comes to an end."
In a statement, the three Chairs of the Harlow, Uttlesford and Epping Forest Local Strategic Partnerships - Jackie Sully, Howard Rolfe and Diana Collins said:

"This project is all about giving young unemployed people from our area a better chance to get into local employment through a quality local programme put together by the three local partnerships coordinating their activities across West Essex. Hopefully these posts will give our young people the skills, experience and confidence they need to get into permanent employment. It will bring over £1 million of additional funding into our local economies at a time of increased need. Importantly it will also provide additional support to a network of local agencies and voluntary groups who are part of the scheme, to enable them to meet increased demands on their services."

It is envisaged the first of the new roles will commence in January 2010.

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