Indus Delta Welfare to Work Newswire - 11 June 2012

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First welfare-to-work provider achieves Merlin Standard

Serco Welfare to Work is the first Work Programme prime provider to have been accredited with the Merlin Standard, a new accreditation service which sets a standard of behaviour designed to encourage excellence in supply chain management. 

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National network of University Technical Colleges announced

Over four years the Baker Dearing Educational Trust has worked with the Department for Education, local employers, universities and further education colleges to develop a national network of University Technical Colleges. 

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Eric Pickles hails 100% Troubled Families take-up

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has today (11 June) welcomed the news that every eligible council has agreed to run the government's Troubled Families programme in its area.

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Boris backs new start-up fund for London's disadvantaged entrepreneurs

Fredericks Foundation and The London Community Foundation have a joint venture to support disadvantaged Londoners who want to start their own business.

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Prince's Trust to help 2,500 young people into work

The Prince's Trust charity will receive £75,000 as part of the European Structural Funds (ESFs) to support 2,500 young people back into employment, it was announced on 5 June. This builds on announcements made by the Scottish Government one month ago that £25 million from ESFs would be designated to projects to get young people into work.

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Complaints on poor quality work experience for unpaid stewards over Jubilee weekend

On 5 June two unpaid stewards complained about Close Protection UK’s work experience carried out over the Jubilee weekend, according to the Guardian.

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DWP states Universal Credit will support young people in work

Minister for Welfare Reform, Lord Freud, said on 8 June that young people will receive greater incentives to get into work under Universal Credit.

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Skills Minister unveils new investment in skills in key industries

On 7 June, Skills Minister, John Hayes, announced funds of £2.4m from the Growth and Innovation Fund to the nuclear, and creative and cultural sectors. 

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Listing of the week

Institute of Employability Professionals website live

The Institute for Employability Professionals website is now online and operational at

The Institute is welcoming its first applications for membership. The Institute will match applications to eligibility criteria and validate information before issuing membership status. In due course it will introduce a self-assessment system.

The site will be launched nationally at AELP on the 19 and 20 June and at the Welfare to Work Convention 2012 on the 10 and 11 July.