JET Framework Takes Off in Northern Ireland

20140326_161446Discussions about piloting the Inspiring Impact Journey to Employment (JET) Framework
in Northern Ireland continued today (26 March 2014) with a roundtable event attended by New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), members of the Northern Ireland Voluntary & Community Sector Forum (NEET) along with representatives from DEL, OFMDFM and Inspiring Impact NI. The event took place at Lagan Water Sports, kindly provided by Bryson Charitable Group.

Developed by NPC, the JET Framework looks specifically at the youth employability sector to help organisations working in this sphere to document and capture the impact they have. It outlines the shared outcomes that the sector is working towards—things like social and emotional skills, attitudes and practical skills—which are all important for young people to do well in the world of work. Inspiring Impact NI is leading the roll out of the JET framework in Northern Ireland and the aim is to customise the existing Framework so that it is applicable to NI. This is being done in partnership with the Northern Ireland NEETS Forum and the Department of Employment and Learning as a demonstration project within the Inspiring Impact NI Programme and a joint report will be published under the Inspiring Impact umbrella.

The roundtable event was an opportunity for organisations in the sector to identify additional outcomes that might need to be included in a framework specific to the Northern Ireland context. This led to some very rich discussion and debate about barriers to progressing along the journey towards education, employment and training from a very diverse group of participants.

NPC will distil this information in adapting the JET framework for Northern Ireland before facilitating a range of pilot projects to test and learn from using a shared measurement framework.

Organisations working in this sphere can get in touch with Aongus O’Keeffe (aongus@ceni.org) if they wish to get involved in the pilot projects.

Inspiring Impact NI is a Building Change Trust initiative which will support VCSE organisations and their funders to better understand and embrace impact practice.

As the Northern Ireland partner on the UK board, the Building Change Trust has committed £500,000 matched by a further £188,000 from the Department for Social Development, to deliver an initial two year programme of work here in Northern Ireland.