Indus Delta Welfare to Work Newswire - 22 June 2012

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Latest News

‘More pre-apprenticeship provision needed to tackle the NEET issue’, say training providers

Young people who leave school with few or no qualifications need a better ladder to get on the much-in-demand Apprenticeship programme, argues the Association of Employment and Learning Providers.

Read more here.

Demos: welfare reform has cost disabled people and their carers £500 million so far

Demos has found that since its inception 14 months ago welfare reform has cost disabled people and their carers £500 million. These findings are part of the 'Disability in Austerity' project Demos has undertaken with support from Scope. 

Read more here.

Government plans to expand higher Apprenticeships provision

The government is considering plans to introduce new advanced Apprenticeships equivalent to graduate and post-graduate qualifications. These would be in areas needed for economic growth like construction, advanced engineering and financial services.

Read more here.

Disability and Universal Credit

The Children’s Society, Citizens Advice and Disability Rights UK are working together in supporting Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson to produce a review on the impact of the new Universal Credit benefit on disabled children and adults. They are particularly concerned that certain groups of people will lose out under Universal Credit.

Read more here.

AELP calls for a joined up education, skills and employment agenda

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) annual conference at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, on 19 and 20 June, called for the integration of education, skills and employment policy. This increased focus on integrating education, as well as employment and skills policy, is in response to the government’s strong focus on Apprenticeships as routes into sustainable employment and the rising number of young people not in employment, education or training (NEET). There are now 954,000 NEETs. There are 61,000 young people who have been NEET for over 12 months, a number which has trebled over the past year.

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Work Choice statistics published

On 20 June the government published the first tranche of statistics for the disability employment programme, Work Choice. The figures show that between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012 there were 17,190 referrals, 12,520 starts and 3,550 job outcomes.

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House of Lords debate on youth unemployment

Last week (14 June) the House of Lords led an interesting debate, initiated by Lord Adonis of the Labour Party, on the economic, personal and moral cases for tackling high levels of youth unemployment.

Read more here.

Lord Freud: detail behind welfare reforms revealed

A crucial step towards reforming the welfare state was made on 15 June as the detail behind the Welfare Reform Act 2012 was published for the first time. The implementation of key reforms within the Act requires the passage of regulations which are now available for scrutiny.

Read more here.

Listings of the week

Labour Market Research and Policy Assistant

Provider: Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion



Closing date: 02/07/2012


Job title:                     Labour Market Research and Policy Assistant

Responsible to:           Senior Researcher

Salary scale:               £20,144 - £25,739 p.a.

Purpose of job:

Inclusion is known for its innovative and influential research and analysis. The purpose of this role to provide high quality statistical analysis that will underpin our work to influence policy on tackling labour market disadvantage. The post-holder will also work part of our team of researchers undertaking both qualitative and quantitative projects to explore a range of employment, skills, welfare and benefits issues.

Principal tasks to be undertaken:

  • Assisting the Inclusion analysis team with the collation, analysis and presentation of statistics on the labour market, skills and welfare to work.  This will involve use of a range of national and local data sources and computer based analysis software.
  • Assisting the Inclusion research team with qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis.  This may involve review and analysis of national and local data, interviews and focus groups with service users, staff and other stakeholders and use of computer based analysis software.
  • Carrying out literature reviews. This may involve identifying relevant research evidence, appraisal of its quality and write up of key findings.
  • Assisting with the development of research tenders.
  • Contributing to the writing of research reports.
  • Contributing to policy content of Inclusion’s websites (Inclusion, Indus Delta, London Skills and Employment Observatory).
  • Maintaining the Child Poverty Toolkit, statistical updates to the London Skills and Employment Observatory, Labour Market Statistics updates and other statistical services.
  • Working as part of research project teams and actively participating in project meetings.
  • Contributing to the content and organisation of Inclusion seminars and conferences.
  • Supporting the development and maintenance of research databases to ensure efficient delivery ofInclusion’s research contracts and to keep the team involved of potential funding opportunities
  • Helping to maintain links with relevant national, regional and sectoral organisations
  • Helping to promote the policies and objectives of the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion
  • Complying with the organisations’ equal opportunities policy
  • Assisting as required in other tasks relevant to the purpose of the job.  This will involve some research administration.

Inclusion undertakes national research projects. Those wishing to apply for the post must be willing to travel on a fairly regular basis. However, own transport is not essential.

Conditions of contract:

This is a full-time position, initially as a six month temporary contract. The research assistant will qualify forInclusion’s standard terms and conditions, including:

  • An employer contribution equal to 6% of gross salary towards a personal pension plan
  • 25 days annual leave (equivalent)

In addition the research assistant will be entitled to 5 days paid study leave and up to a further 20 days of unpaid study leave per calendar year if pursuing a course of study which leads to a recognised qualification and involves formal examination or specific assignments. We also offer a childcare voucher scheme, a cycle loan scheme and season ticket loans. Company maternity pay is available to staff with over two years service.

The Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion is not exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974; however, there are particular research & consultation projects within criminal justice, prisons and young offender institutes where a standard criminal record check will be required. 

Closing date is 5pm 2 July 2012 Interview date is Monday 9 July

To apply please go to:


Welfare to Work UK Convention 2012, 10-11 July 2012, ICC Birmingham

Programme now available click here

Fees range from £215 – £510 +VAT

You can book online or complete a booking form 

Follow the Convention on Twitter at: #w2w2012

About the Convention
We all need to know about what is working, innovations in policy and delivery, and how welfare reform will affect us. The Work Programme will be one year old, what have been the lessons of the first year?

Capturing Talent
Inclusion is delighted that Alderwood Education is sponsoring the 'Capturing Talent' mentoring initiative.

Forty discounted places are available for employability professionals to attend the Welfare to Work 2012 Convention in Birmingham on 10-11 July. Mentors attending the Convention can claim a one day ticket for just £50 for a colleague that they are mentoring.

We think attending the Convention is a great way to nurture the talent within the industry at a crucial time in the development of our sector, as we see the first graduates of our accreditation framework and the launch our industry institute, the Institute of Employability Professionals. The Welfare to Work Convention is a superb environment in which to learn about, contribute to and debate issues of fundamental importance to our sector and to network with fellow professionals.

To claim a discounted place for your mentee Click here

Sponsorship and exhibition
***Only a few stands and sponsorship opportunities left.***

Download the sponsorship and exhibition brochure by clicking here. For more information about this year's exhibition and sponsorship opportunities please contact the Events Team on 020 7582 7221 or email Mintra Sadler. You can view the latest list of exhibitors online.



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