Indus Delta Welfare to Work Newswire - 13 April 2012

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Innovation Code goes live

The Innovation Code went live on 10 April meaning that providers can now use the six learning aims that make up the Code to respond quickly and creatively to gaps in local employment and skills needs. 

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Black people more likely to be unemployed in UK than in US, research reveals

Black people were more likely to be unemployed in the UK during the last three recessions than in the US, research carried out by Manchester University reveals. 

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Pilots give communities a say over adult learning

The government is planning to select between 10 and 15 Community Learning Trust Pilots which will begin work in August, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills announced on 11 April. Organisations such as adult education services and further education colleges, that are funded from the Skills Funding Agency’s £210 million annual Community Learning Budget, are invited to prepare their applications in collaboration with local community organisations, businesses and services.

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DWP notifies households affected by the benefit cap

From the beginning of May 2012, the Department for Work and Pensions will be writing to existing benefit claimants who could potentially be affected by the household benefit cap of £26,000. 

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Innovation Fund Partnership Forum closed

The Innovation Fund Partnership Forum has closed on the Indus Delta website. On 20 January the Department for Work and Pensions announced that Round Two of the Innovation Fund, which has a focus on disadvantaged 14 and 15 year olds closed. The deadline for receiving completed Initial Application Forms was 2 March.

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Guardian analysis reveals new benefits trap

Analysis by the Guardian has found that new eligibility rules for Working Tax Credit, combined with the lack of full-time vacancies, will trap people on benefit.

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Meaningful work experience helps apprentices succeed, says Ofsted

Young people who have undertaken work experience prior to an Apprenticeship  were more successful in progressing within the Apprenticeship framework than those coming straight from school, a report by Ofsted has found. 

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Listings of the week

Final call for papers and workshop applications

Welfare to Work UK Convention 2012

10/11 July

ICC Birmingham

Up to 1,000 delegates from across the UK and internationally, will gather to hear the latest developments, share experiences and discuss best practice in welfare to work. 

The Work Programme will be one year old, what have been the lessons of the first year? For 2012 the Welfare to Work UK Convention will play a unique role in bringing together all those who deliver services, with the aim of informing, debating and effecting change.

Inclusion's call for papers and workshops is now open!

Do you do something differently that you could share with our Convention audience? Inclusion is looking for innovative case studies and proposals for policy seminars. Our call for papers and workshops is open to all sector professionals, policy makers, academics, employers, prime providers, and organisations working as subcontractors in the government's Work Programme. You must submit your paper/workshop online.

Apply online at

For more information about this year’s exhibition and sponsorship please contact the Events Team on +44 (0)20 7582 7221 or by email at events [at] cesi [dot] org [dot] uk

*closing date for submissions Friday 27 April, 2012. Please review our submission guidelines online.

Event Executive

Inclusion is currently recruiting an Event Executive


 Background on Inclusion

 Event Executive job description

About Inclusion

Inclusion is an independent organisation dedicated to promoting social justice and tackling disadvantage. We work with government departments, public sector, voluntary organisations, businesses and trade unions. We provide both research and consultancy services and policy and strategic development support.

We work closely with the government to implement ideas and with people who actually deliver policy at the frontline. We specialise in a range of social policy areas including: welfare to work, learning and skills, equality, diversity, drugs and crime.

Event Executive requirements

The desired candidate will be a passionate and highly organised individual who is a team player and capable of taking the initiative and prioritising their workload. You will be IT literate with competence in using MS Office packages. As well as the tasks described in the job description, the role may involve taking full responsibility for some smaller scale events and online training courses. This role requires a high standard of customer care at all times prior to and during events to both internal and external customers. Development reviews will be carried out every three months. The position would suit someone who is wishing to pursue a career in conference event management.

This will be a full-time permanent post based on a 35-hour working week with some evening work (typical working day 09:00–17:00).

Application process

If you are interested in applying for this position at Inclusion you should complete an application form and an equal opportunities monitoring form. Both are available to download below. Cover letters and CVs will not be considered. A full person specification is available to download to the right of this page.

 Person Specification
• Application Form
• Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire

You can support our equalities monitoring procedures by providing a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire along with your application form.

Applications due at 12:00pm 20 April, 2012; First interviews will take place on 24 April 2012 second interviews will take place on 1 May, 2012

Induction and start date: Thursday 24th May, 2012

We regret that unsuccessful candidates will not be contacted. If you do not hear from us by Wednesday 23rd May you have been unsuccessful this time.

Electronic applications are preferred. Application forms and equal opportunities monitoring forms should be forwarded Jade [dot] Onofrio [at] cesi [dot] org [dot] uk stating ‘Event Executive Application’ in the subject line.

Postal applications should be sent to Jade Onofrio at:
3rd Floor
89 Albert Embankment

The strong performers in the ERS sector revealed!

Over the next six months it will become clear which organisations are the strong performers in the ERS sector.  It is clear CPD investment is essential to ensure organisation performance remains optimum. 

With a rapidly changing sector it is imperative any training offers real examples and the content reflects the current operational environment. 

Advance’s suite of e-learning courses are regularly updated with new case studies and tools. 

To take advantage of a free 24 hourfree enrolment please visit email:contact [at] advance [dot] org [dot] uk.

Register and pay online at  A three week enrolment to one of Advance’s courses starts from just £29+VAT*

STOP PRESS......The Work Programme course is now available free of charge, courtesy of Inclusion, as part of their range of support initiatives for the sector.

*£29+VAT = Understanding the employment related service sector e-learning course