Creating Social Justice Through Strong Local Economies
Loconomy’s vision is to build strong local economies in neighbourhoods suffering from disadvantage and deprivation by creating better access to good jobs and careers. We do this by connecting employers with local communities and building partnerships with community organisations and public sector institutions.
people into a good job and career in five years
young people positively engaged over five years on career pathways
pounds benefit to the community each year
voluntary & community organisations supported to play an active part in community regeneration of their area
Our Primary Focus is Birmingham. We’re currently running a series of programmes to help local organisations and services meet and employ local people, people from some of the poorest parts of the city.
adults got jobs through our East Birmingham pilot with Pioneer Groups
hospitals and businesses found new local staff
Year 6 pupils linked to creative industries in their city
East Birmingham secondary schools linked into the network
ICAN is a UHB led entry level jobs programme providing residents with opportunities for a range of entry level jobs.
Over nearly 2 years, around 380 job outcomes have been delivered with significant take up in Birmingham’s deprived wards, with BAME and people with disabilities. We are currently exploring a partnership with UHB and others on how this programme can be taken forward over the next 2 years.
Watch this space!
Partnerships for People and Place 2
As part of The Pioneer Group, we piloted an intensive 12-month programme providing coach mentoring to 150 pupils over three terms. With look and see visits arranged to prospective employers in different sectors from Green Tech, to advanced manufacturing engineering, Creatives and Health and Social Care with an ambitious high-profile event at Millenium Point bringing 120 pupils into a prestigious day with employers.
We are delivering a programme in the same six schools in 2023/24 initially through seed funding. We are exploring a partnership with UoB, Birmingham City Council and schools for a 2-year programme.
St Paul's Community Hub
We have a commitment to place and have a base at St Paul’s, a Neighbourhood hub (as well as a church) which is a ‘stone’s throw’ from Heartlands Hospital.
We are developing a long-term bilateral commitment to provide a pathway for NHS jobs in the immediate area and in other neighbourhoods in East Birmingham.
The range of services provided out of St Paul’s has diminished and we aim to fill that vacuum.
Over the past two year The Pioneer Group have been working with the community, gathering views and feelings on the regeneration to shape the emerging vision and masterplan for Druids Heath. The team have been reporting regularly on findings to Birmingham City Council as well as communicating feedback on the Druids Heath Together website and social media.
The City Council has commissioned us to continue this for a further six months.
How we work…
We act as a bridge between people in Birmingham’s poorest neighbourhoods and the public services, institutions and businesses who want to employ them. We do that in partnership with community groups in neighbourhoods. This bridge allows both the employer and resident to cross over into each other’s world and build lasting economic value for our communities.
"The I Can approach created a 25% increase in NHS recruitment from the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in the city. There were similar increases with applicants from BAME communities and applicants with a self-reported disability. Not only that, I Can applicants achieved a 90% retention rate after 6 months".
– Conrad Parke, Birmingham Anchor Network.
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