Indus Delta Welfare to Work Newswire - 23 March 2012

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Welsh public sector and registered social landlords created over 2,500 job and training opportunities

The first three years of using an i2i Can-do toolkit has led to the creation of 2,581 job and training opportunities by 26 organisations that have adopted the model, it was revealed on 22 March.

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National Housing Federation members create employment opportunities for young people in the North and Midlands

The National Housing Federation is working in partnership with the Coalfields Regeneration Trust to encourage housing associations in former mining communities across the North and Midlands to offer Apprenticeship posts for a minimum of one year. The placements start next month, and are set to offer apprenticeship posts for nearly 50 young people.

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Reed in Partnership announced as Work Place Learning preferred bidder in South East

Reed in Partnership has been chosen as the preferred bidder to deliver a Work Place Learning contract in the East of England for the Skills Funding Agency. Reed in Partnership will support people in work to gain qualifications and will particularly focus on those who have recently been unemployed, those on temporary contracts and part-time workers.

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NAS: Only 3.7% of Apprenticeship provision is poor and short-course

Apprenticeships that are perceived as 'poor' short-course provision account for 3.7 per cent of the total Apprenticeship cohort.

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Skills Funding Agency statement regarding MPs' report on reducing bureaucracy in FE

The Skills Funding Agency, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Young People's Learning Agency, claim that they are committed to reducing wasteful bureaucracy in the further education sector and that they have made significant progress.

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Voluntary organisation turns away jobseekers sent by Work Programme primes

The Third Age Foundation has turned away jobseekers referred to it by Work Programme primes because the organisation claims primes have not paid for its service. The Third Age Foundation offers free computer training to people aged over 40 in West London.

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Remploy company statement on reducing their operations

The Remploy Board has proposed a series of significant changes to its operations as a result of the government decision to reduce current funding - this was announced to Parliament as part of a package of reforms to maximise the number of disabled people supported into work.

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IFS releases comprehensive response to Budget 2012

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has responded to the 2012 Budget delivered by Chancellor George Osborne on 21 March. The response considers the Budget’s implications for those on welfare benefits and the impacts on their living standards it will have.

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Budget 2012

Inclusion responds to the Chancellor's 2012 Budget.

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Supporting the 260,000 long-term disengaged young people

The Local Government Association argues there need to be more joined up quality assured support and funding methods in order to support the 260,000 long-term disengaged young people into training, education or employment.

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Listing of the week

National Operations Director

c.£80,000 (dependent upon experience) plus benefits package

About Seetec

We are both a Skills Funding Agency training provider with nearly 30 years experience in the learning and skills marketplace and one of the largest Prime Contractors for the Department for Work & Pensions. You will be joining one of the most exciting and innovative skills delivery and supply chains across the learning and employability marketplace.

We are a National Skills Academy for Retail and work collaboratively with some of the country’s largest employers e.g. John Lewis, Westfield; and KPMG for skills and supply chain management.

Seetec is recognised as one of the strongest and most financially robust businesses in Skills and W2W, based on steady organic growth and a long standing culture of social entrepreneurship, IT innovation, substantial re-investment and continuous improvement to support our customers, learners, partners and contracts.

We pride ourselves on having excellent people, leadership & management and our capacity to improve is recognised by Ofsted as Grade 2. To support our DWP and BIS contracts, the Coalition’s Welfare to Work Reforms and the growth of Apprenticeships we have made a significant investment (c£10m) in new IT systems, delivery innovation and state of the art facilities and training Academies. We are now expanding these across London and the West Midlands to support our skills growth strategy.

The Role

Reporting to the Chief Operating Director you will take strategic and operational responsibility for the fulfilment of all employment contracts with additional input and support to the Supply Chain and subcontracted provision.  You will take a lead role in the implementation of any new business as well as working with Business Development to provide input on tenders for new contracts.

You will support the Chief Operating Director to cover all our key business areas as well as forging relationships, and representing Seetec with external stakeholders and major employers.

A key element of the role will be to coach and mentor operational managers to be capable and dynamic leaders, supporting them to deliver performance improvement. 

The Person

A proven leader with more than eight years senior management experience in either employment or skills, you can demonstrate where and how you have contributed to improved profitable delivery.  You can also demonstrate where and how you have successfully delivered large and complex contracts, whilst achieving performance and high standards.  Ideally you should be currently engaged in the W2W and / or Skills Sector at a Senior management level and ready to take the next step in strategic and operational management.

You will be strong at people and change management demonstrating a proven record in developing senior teams to be capable leaders and a talent for engaging people to deliver exceptional performance. 

In return you will have the opportunity to work in a highly successful business where you will be challenged on an ongoing basis.


Then please go to our recruitment page at and click on Home then “Want to Work for Seetec” or go straight to

Families, communities, places: a new way forward for delivery

The public sector policy and funding climate has signalled a shift from the traditional model of community regeneration. The current economic climate makes this an urgent mission. This conference will provide Government, Public Service and Community insight into the reality of the shift from:

  • Area Based Initiatives to Community Budgets
  • Reactive agency and thematic deliv ery to integrated prevention and early intervention
  • Top down plans and programmes to communities in control

You will leave with a better understanding of: how employment and skills is key in supporting families, communities and places; some new ideas on what a scalable model of delivery in the new world could look like; and lots of helpful contacts!

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