New Futures

Led by Learning and Work Institute (L&W) and funded by the Covid-19 Support Fund, New Futures is a programme aimed at supporting workers who need to reskill as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Devon County Council, working with Teign Housing, Learn Devon and the National Careers Service will be focusing on supporting people by helping them through a journey which starts with Careers Advice, then moving on to training in Construction or Retrofit, or signposting on to employment or other types of training. Individuals moving on to training will also be supported by a mentor to provide 1-1 support, and direct that person’s next steps.

Nationally, five location-based pilots are building locally-led solutions to tackle retraining challenges, tailored to reflect the needs of local labour markets and the skills of local populations. Alongside the pilots, L&W is evaluating the interventions to help build the evidence base on supporting reskilling for career change to inform future policy and practice. The pilots will run until September 2023.

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This scheme is open to anyone:

  • Aged 21+
  • Whose work has been ‘impacted’ by COVID-19
  • Wants to move into a new career; unemployed, or employed

Funding Partners:

Learning & Work Institute

The Learning and Work Institute (L&W) is a policy, research and development organisation dedicated to lifelong learning, full employment and inclusion. We research what works, influence policy, develop new ways of thinking, and help implement new approaches. Working with partners, we inspire people to learn and help transform people’s experiences of learning and employment. What we do benefits individuals, families, communities and the wider economy.

COVID-19 Support Fund

The UK insurance and long-term savings industry launched the Covid-19 Support Fund to help support some of the people hardest hit by the Covid-19 crisis. The Fund raised £104 million, with £83.9 million having been pledged in voluntary contributions from firms within the sector and £20m provided by DCMS match funding. The Fund works in partnership with the Charities Aid Foundation, and a network of partners, including the National Emergencies Trust and Business in the Community.

The key aim is to provide immediate relief to charities affected by Covid-19, as well as a longer-term programme of support for people, communities, and issues where there is the greatest need, including:

  • Community based charities that are under unprecedented strain
  • Charities supporting the most vulnerable – in particular, families and children living in poverty and older people in isolation
  • Initiatives to promote wellbeing and mental health across society