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Making City-Regions Work: Inclusive Governance, Skills, and Labour Market Disadvantage

funded by the Sheffield University Innovation Impact and Knowledge Exchange Research (IIKE) Programme

The project was funded under the Sheffield University Innovation Impact and Knowledge Exchange Research (IIKE) Programme involving a grant of £19k with Sheffield Local Enterprise Partnership as the main research partner.  The broad objectives of the research were to explore the concept of ‘inclusive governance’ in the context of policy devolution examining the way partnerships and programmes focus on and facilitate both the employment and skills needs of disadvantaged groups and in turn address the low pay low skills cycle. The project focused on the ongoing design and delivery of the Work Programme and skills policies in the Sheffield City Region. The research was carried out between October 2015- May 2016 and involved a scoping and literature review, text analysis as well as stakeholder mapping that captured both employment and skills policies and actor aspirations in relation to collaborative governance of the labour market. It deployed 20 semi-structured interviews with key actors operating across the SCR.

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