Submitted by Administrator on Fri, 13/09/2013 - 8:21am
Data published by the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) has shown that the Work Programme has helped 62,000 people into work between April and June 2013. This brings the total number of people helped into work to 384,000, up from 321,000 as of the end of March 2013.
Submitted by Administrator on Wed, 11/09/2013 - 4:51pm
The labour market figures published on 11 September were very good. Employment rose, as did hours worked, inactivity fell and ILO unemployment fell. The vacancies measure was the worst indicator, showing a fall.
Submitted by Administrator on Tue, 10/09/2013 - 12:21pm
Sue Ryder has appointed a new Chief Executive, Heidi Travis, as it embarks on a five year plan. The charity’s aim is to ensure people living with end of life and long term neurological illnesses, and their families, receive the care and support they need.
Submitted by Administrator on Tue, 10/09/2013 - 12:18pm
BBC News has reported that a takeover deal of a Remploy factory in Wales can be expected in the coming week. Some workers (those who did not take redundancy) will continue work at the factory. The Welsh government has provided around £2.4m to support organisations who take on a former Remploy employee for four years.
Submitted by Administrator on Tue, 10/09/2013 - 11:46am
Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock, has called for all schools and colleges to follow the example of the best and provide inspiring careers advice to young people. He also said it was vital that employers worked with schools and colleges to ensure all young people received high-quality careers advice, with employers taking centre stage in inspiring young people to get on in life.
Submitted by Administrator on Tue, 10/09/2013 - 11:16am
The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) has published a report on communications in the benefits system. The report makes nine recommendations to improve this ‘long standing challenge for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)’, as SSAC puts it. Clear and timely communications are especially important during this time of rigorous changes to the welfare system, and are vital to ensuring claimants understand when, how, and why they will be affected.
The report’s key findings and recommendations include:
Submitted by Administrator on Mon, 09/09/2013 - 3:14pm
G4S has released a policy briefing entitled ‘Making the Work Programme Better’. The briefing examines the lessons learned about the strengths and weaknesses of the Work Programme, and explores future options. The key recommendations made by the briefing are to: reform the pricing model; manage the market more effectively; and expand the programme to include skills funding and claimants whose continuous time on unemployment benefits is disrupted by short-term jobs.
Submitted by Administrator on Mon, 09/09/2013 - 2:30pm
G4S Welfare to Work has published its 2012–2013 Annual Review, showing the organisation has supported over 26,200 people into employment. G4S has also said it has supported more people into sustained employment than its competitors in its contract package areas.
Submitted by Administrator on Mon, 09/09/2013 - 12:21pm
A brand new online tool has been launched which is expected to provide unique support for jobseekers, helping them to find more work opportunities and reduce the impact of the benefit cuts that will be implemented later this year, CASCAiD has announced. WorkTrack will support advisers with more live vacancies than the government’s Universal Jobmatch and will also enable them to monitor, track and manage their jobseekers’ progress, the producer of careers information and guidance solutions has announced.
Submitted by Administrator on Mon, 09/09/2013 - 11:33am
Following the Australian election this weekend, the Carley Consult website has a news item on the effect the shift may have on Australian employment services providers. One of the potential changes includes a Job Commitment Bonus: paying ‘a financial incentive directly to jobseekers who stay in work’, the article has said.
Submitted by Administrator on Mon, 09/09/2013 - 10:29am
Six months after the Department for Work and Pensions devolved the budged for the discretionary Social Fund, this seminar provides you with an opportunity to look at the lessons emerging from various locales.
What’s working? How do we best make use of the available resources? How do we best create partnerships to address applicants’ needs? These are the questions that will be addressed by experts from the Children’s Society, Leicestershire County Council, Buttle UK, Glasspool Trust, and the Centre for Responsible Credit. Join us on 12 September, six months in, and discover how we’re doing, and how we can improve.
Submitted by Administrator on Mon, 09/09/2013 - 9:59am
An innovative learning programme has helped prepare some of the most vulnerable young people in Birmingham for the world of work.
Youth and adult learning organisation TBG Learning engaged with Birmingham City Council’s Care Leavers Team to design a programme specifically for young people in care, or leaving care, to undergo training and progress into apprenticeship vacancies with the council.
Submitted by Administrator on Fri, 06/09/2013 - 2:25pm
The government has responded to the Work and Pensions Select Committee’s report, ‘Can the Work Programme work for all user groups?’ published on 21 May 2013. The response addresses the concerns raised by the report. Concerns addressing minimum performance levels, Work Programme statistical releases, impacts of the market share shift, attachment fees and post-Work Programme support are addressed below. For more, please see the government’s official response on the Parliament website.
Submitted by Administrator on Thu, 05/09/2013 - 10:41am
In a new report, the National Audit Office (NAO) has concluded that the Department for Work and Pensions has not achieved value for money in its early implementation of Universal Credit. The report has said that the department was overly ambitious in both the timetable and scope of the programme.
Submitted by Administrator on Tue, 03/09/2013 - 2:42pm
The Aimhigher Research & Consultancy Network has published a literature review of research into widening participation to higher education. The review sets out the key challenges standing in the way of widening participation, and puts forward those policies and practices that have proven to be most effective in overcoming these.