Indus Delta Welfare to Work Newswire - 29 June 2012

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A new phase for education business excellence

Through a major restructuring, the Institute for Education Business Excellence is extending its work on professional standards in education business practice to reach a wider audience than ever before.

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A new investment fund is needed to unlock the potential of mid-sized cities, says Centre for Cities

A new report published on 26 June by Centre for Cities calls on mid-sized cities and the government to work together to create a new investment fund focused on making city centres more attractive to businesses.  The report, Hidden Potential, supported by Sunderland City Council and Pricewaterhouse Coopers, shows that economic growth in some UK mid-sized cities is being restricted by their out-of-date city centres. 

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Richard review of Apprenticeships: call for evidence

The Departments for Business, Innovation & Skills and Education appointed Doug Richard, serial entrepreneur and early investor, to lead an independent review into the future of Apprenticeships. 

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Skewed training system failing young people, says LGA

The Local Government Association has argued that England has a skewed approach to training which is failing young people by churning out armies of hair and beauty workers, personal trainers and media professionals – all qualified for jobs that don't exist – while not producing enough people with skills where there are jobs.

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Judicial review is told that Mandatory Work Activity breaches human rights

The Guardian reports that before a judicial review lawyers have argued that two jobseekers have been illegally made to participate in Mandatory Work Activity. Lawyers argued on 26 June that Mandatory Work Activity breaches article four of the United Nations Convention of  Human Rights.

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Nick Clegg focuses Youth Contract on unemployment hotspots

Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister, has announced that wage subsidies for employers who take on young people will be available from six months of unemployment in unemployment hotspots instead of the nine months for other areas. The subsidy is worth £2,275.

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Youth Contract extension: the right intentions but we need to go further still

Written by Tony Wilson, Director of Policy at Inclusion.

In November last year, we called for a new wage subsidy for young people, concentrated on subsidising new jobs for the long-term unemployed. So we welcomed the subsequent Youth Contract.

However the announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister that the wage subsidy will now be available to more people in the most disadvantaged areas, needs a more cautious response. 

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David Cameron asks controversial big questions about welfare

Prime Minister, David Cameron, presented the coalition government’s views on welfare and changes he sees as necessary to be a ‘responsible society’ in a speech on 25 June. The speech considered disability benefits, working age welfare and who it is for, where state provision should be limited and the contribution the government should expect from claimants.

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£100m Talent Match scheme targets national youth unemployment crisis

The Big Lottery Fund has launched Talent Match, a £100 million investment aimed at tackling youth unemployment in areas of England hardest hit by the economic downturn.

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Listings of the week

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

Final 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
In these times people need to know ‘what works’, and to be confident of sound information and analysis. Inclusion has brought together over 80 Convention sessions and confirmed the keynote speakers you want to hear. We also know that you want to meet new people as well as old friends – to forge the opportunities of the future. This is why the Convention exhibition this year is bigger yet again. Make sure you're a part of the most significant event in the Welfare to Work calendar!

You can register online or complete a booking form Click Here

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 W2W 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
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 [dot] sadler [at] cesi [dot] org [dot] uk (Mintra Sadler). You can view the latest list of exhibitors online.


Welfare to Work Scotland, 19 and 20 September 2012

Venue: Crown Plaza Hotel, Glasgow

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Rt Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Department for Work and Pensions

John Swinney MSP
Cabinet Secretary, Scottish Government

Registrations now open, fees range from £135–£270 +VAT
*Early bird fees available now*

You can book online or complete a booking form

High unemployment presents a very real challenge for us all and there’s a lot of thinking underway about how to work together better in Scotland.

For some, this discussion is mainly about current plans to design and better integrate our existing services around the needs of individuals, employers and communities. For others the focus is more on longer-term visions of what Scotland could do to reduce unemployment and increase employment opportunities, in particular for our young people.

This year’s Convention will bring you the latest on current plans and future visions. We will also look at the impacts that high unemployment and benefits changes may have on groups and communities facing particularly severe barriers to employment. It will ask what a Scottish employability service should look like as well as ensuring a host of opportunities for sharing views and information under the following three themes:

  • Working better together
  • Working better for young people
  • Working better with employers


We are looking for innovative case studies and proposals for policy seminars. The expression of interest is open to all sector professionals, academics, employers, prime providers and organisations working as subcontractors in the government’s Work Programme. The closing date for applications is Monday 6 August 2012.

Building a Better Economy: Nonprofits & Social Enterprise as Job Creators

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

5.30pm – 7.00pm

A fringe session at the UK Welfare to Work Convention 

The Sonata Room, Hyatt Regency Birmingham (next door to ICC)

Special Guest from the United States:

Robert Egger, Founder and President of CForward

Join us for an exciting UK-US discussion on organisations working in and partnering with communities to improve employment outcomes and social impact.  Social enterprises and non-profits are businesses that contribute to income-generation in their local economies.  They’re also major employers: many purposefully carve out work opportunities for disadvantaged groups, offer transitional employment for those re-entering the labour market, and design the jobs that build a better community.

What’s often overlooked is the growing economic prowess of the sector: the UK’s 62,000 social enterprises contribute £22bn to the economy. The continued growth of the sector can bring necessary change to our economic and political systems, to the way we prioritise labour market decisions, and to how we finance the delivery of services.  Our panel includes: 

Robert Egger.  Robert is President of the DC Central Kitchen, the largest social enterprise in Washington, DC and is a national voice in the United States on social enterprise innovation and the economic role of non-profits. DC Central Kitchen is the country’s first ‘community kitchen,’ where food donated by hospitality businesses and farms is used to fuel a nationally recognised culinary arts job training programme.  He has recently launched CForward, a national fund-raising effort to support the campaigns of candidates for elected office who pledge to work directly with nonprofits to strengthen the American economy.  He is a national figure in promoting the economic role that non-profits play in every community. 

Dave Neilson. Dave is Chief Executive of Fusion21, whose core business is intelligent procurement. From a building surveying background, Dave has over 25 years with local authorities and housing associations in the field of property and estate management.  Fusion21 links programmes across numerous organisations, to training opportunities and sustainable jobs for local people. The model creates social value, improves efficiency in procurement and generates cash savings.  Dave is a Board member of the Social Enterprise Network.

Mark Macmillan.  As newly appointed Leader of Renfrewshire Council, Mark has vowed to promote the voluntary and social enterprise sectors as a growing proportion of the economy of the West of Scotland. This has large-scale implications for their role as job creators, revenue generators, social corporate citizens, and stewards of the local economy.

Elizabeth Taylor.  Chief Executive of Bootstrap Enterprises, who work with communities in Pennine Lancashire to develop skills, build confidence and change lives. Bootstrap focuses on delivering employment, training, enterprise and skills programmes, capacity building and social care for people who experience disadvantage or discrimination, so that they in turn can realise their potential and achieve their goals.

Mohammed Ali.  Mohammed is the Founder and Chief Executive of the Quest for Economic Development (QED), a charity whose mission is to promote a society that values unity in diversity; believes we have more in common with each other than differences; and supports the eradication of poverty that is often the cause of community conflict. Mohammed has recently launched QED Enterprise, a social enterprise delivering public service in education and training, welfare to work, and health and social welfare.

Laurie Russell.  Laurie is the Chair of Social Enterprise Scotland and a member of the National Economic Forum in Scotland.  Since 2006 he has been Chief Executive of the Wise Group, a Glasgow-based social enterprise which in 2010 had a turnover of £32 million and secured jobs for 5,330 long-term unemployed people.