Indus Delta Welfare to Work Newswire - 30 March 2012

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Latest News

Kris Krasnowski joins Inclusion as Director for London

Kris Krasnowski has been appointed as Director for London at the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion.

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Apprenticeship numbers rising

New statistics published 29 March show an increase in Apprenticeship starts.

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Supporting skills providers in moving from Key Skills to Functional Skills

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers, and the Learning and Skills Improvement Service have produced a practical guide to help skills providers make the transition to Functional Skills qualification delivery within Apprenticeships from September 2012.

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Government releases financial framework for Troubled Families programme

The Department for Communities and Local Government has published the Troubled Families funding framework, which provides local authorities with information on how the payment-by-results mechanism of the programme will work. Local authorities are to be rewarded in cash for supporting families in their areas with a multiple disadvantages. So far 10 local authorities have signed up to the scheme.

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Charities leaving the Work Programme claim payments are inadequate

The Single Homeless Project in London is the first charity to speak publicly about its decision to leave the Work Programme. The charity claims the upfront fees it has received of £600 are not enough to cover upfront costs of supporting someone into work, and that the Work Programme is unsustainable.

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Putting employers at the heart of the Work Programme

The event 'Tapping into talent: putting employers at the heart of the Work Programme', held on 26 March, offered strong insight into the barriers for primes to engage employers in supporting the long-term unemployed.

Read more here.

Consultation on Personal Independence Payment

The Department for Work and Pensions has published a formal consultation on the detailed benefit rules to underpin Personal Independence Payment.

Read more here.

Chris Grayling hopes wage incentives will support small firms to employ young people

Employment Minister, Chris Grayling, wants wage incentives under the Youth Contract to encourage small businesses, in particular, to employ young people.

Read more here.

Listings of the week

Employer Engagement Officers / Jobs Brokers

Renaisi Works –New opportunity for: Employer Engagement Officers / Jobs Brokers (Part Time 18 hrs per week and Full Time 35 hrs per week available) and Employment Advisors full time 35 hours per week.

Based initially in the London Boroughs of Barnet, Hammersmith and Fulham and Hackney.

Renaisi is a leading, award winning Social Enterprise which delivers a range of programmes and services to its clients in the public and private sectors in London and the South East.  Our aim is to create sustainable, attractive and inclusive neighbourhoods which foster the talent and diversity of local people.

Assisting people into employment is a key regeneration function, and we have established Renaisi Works to deliver top quality services directly to job seekers to help them move into sustainable and rewarding jobs.

Renaisi is delivering two Work Programme  contracts – in Acton and Hackney - and an ESF contract to deliver a partnership project in Barnet called the WorkFinder.  

We are seeking proactive and committed individuals with a good sales and advice backgrounds to join our dedicated and enthusiastic team of employment professionals to assist jobseekers into employment, source job vacancies and placements and build long lasting relationships with employers. 

It is essential that you have a minimum of 2 years experience in an advice and guidance, sales/recruitment or employer engagement role, and that you are able to demonstrate successful achievements in a target driven environment for at least 3 years.  You will be outgoing, approachable and confident.  An Enhanced CRB check will be required to be undertaken for this role.

Salary range: £24,000 – £28,000 p.a. dependent upon experience.

Please visit to download the job application packs which includes the job description and person specification for a full explanation of roles and responsibilities [AVAILABLE FROM MONDAY 2ND APRIL].

Completed applications should be returned by email to j [dot] squires [at] renaisi [dot] com no later than 5.00pm on Wednesday 18th April 2012.

Applications received after this date will not be considered. It is anticipated that interviews will take place on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th April 2012.   Applicants selected for interview will be notified by email.

We will consider both part time, job share and full time applications.

Renaisi Ltd is an equal opportunities employer


VRA Annual Conference - Core Competencies in Vocational Rehabilitation

The Vocational Rehabilitation Association’s annual conference will be taking place on 22nd and 23rd May 2012 in Birmingham. This is a key event for all those in VR and the allied health professions and has a particular emphasis on growth and personal development.  Attending the full two day conference can cost as little as £240 including accommodation.

Thisyear’s focus is on essential information about core competencies, developing skills, improving practice and staying up to date with the private and public sector markets.  An exciting line up is planned with exhilarating and informative keynote sessions including talks from Rachel Perkins on mental health and David Fisher of AXA Insurance.  Workshop sessions will cover skills, knowledge and communication so without a doubt there will be something for everyone whether new to VR or an experienced practitioner, manager or purchaser of VR services.

The conference will also feature the 2012 VR Awards so please get your entries in!  Submissions are also being accepted for our poster workshop.  

Venue: Paragon Hotel, Birmingham, B12 0PJ

Date: 22-23 May 2012

Contact: Ceri

Email: admin [at] vra-uk [dot] org


Fee: Early bird rate from £240 for the full conference including accommodation, 1st April onwards from £280. Single day rates available.

Five student bursaries are available, please see website for application details.

Inclusion offers online Work Programme course to sector

Everyone working in employment-related services can now get their knowledge of the government’s Work Programme right up to speed from their own desk with Advance W2W’s complimentary online course.

The course, split across four highly accessible modules, introduces the Work Programme and its key elements. Course users gain a comprehensive understanding of the Work Programme from Advance W2W’s easy to use e-learning portal, while at work.

The course provides a detailed insight into the Work Programme – its background, key elements, characteristics, customer groups and challenges.

The course is invaluable for anyone involved in the planning and delivery of services to help workless people to find and keep jobs, whether you are delivering as a prime contractor, as an end to end supplier or as a specialist provider. The course is offered on a complimentary basis for a time-limited period to support professionals within our sector.

To take advantage of these free enrolments please visit or email:contact [at] advance [dot] org [dot] uk.