Indus Delta Welfare to Work Newswire - 5 April 2012

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Latest News

Big Society Capital launched

The Big Society Capital has been launched costing £600 million, and this will support grassroots social projects from 4 April. There will be a strong focus on helping long-term unemployed people back to work. 

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Homelessness charity quits London debt advice scheme

Broadway, the homelessness charity, will no longer provide debt advice schemes for financially vulnerable people in London because of changes to funding conditions. 

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National Careers Service launched

The new National Careers Service launched on 5 April 2012. It will offer independent and impartial information and advice on learning and work.

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Homelessness and employment

Tony Wilson, the Director of Policy at Inclusion, presented at the Homeless Link conference on 28 March that was on homelessness and employment. The presentation considered implications for the homeless and those supporting them of the overall labour market and government policy contexts.

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Chief Executive of Mind resigns from Work Capability Assessment scrutiny panel

This week, Paul Farmer, the Chief Executive of Mind, resigned from his role on the Work Capability Assessment scrutiny panel. Paul Farmer argues that his position became untenable as he felt that the panel's assessments were damaging to the people that Mind supports. He said that ministers had failed to address his concerns. 

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New work experience charter backed by Employment Minister

Chris Grayling, the Minister for Employment, is urging employers to sign up to the work experience charter that has recently been produced by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Jobcentre Plus.

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New minimum 12 month duration for all Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships will last for a minimum of 12 months, guaranteeing improvements in training and workplace learning, Skills Minister, John Hayes, announced on 1 April.

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Large companies to proactively support young people into employment

Large companies have formed the '16-24 Alliance' to support unemployed young people to be trained into 1,000s of jobs. The alliance was launched on 1 April, and among its founders are Morrisons, Barclays, EON and Phones 4U. They will work with specialist charities that offer training linked to the performance levels of jobs in the companies.

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Government announces opening of Youth Contract

The Youth Contract opens for business on 2 April. Nearly half a million young people are set to benefit, the government says, as £1 billion becomes available to get them into new jobs or training.

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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




Job Title: Project Co-ordinator, Employment & Skills

Salary: £25-27k pro-rata to 31st March 2013 (1 year extension subject to funding)


The East London Business Alliance is a membership organisation that creates possibilities in East London by connecting businesses to local people and community partners enabling social, economic and infrastructure change.

Our Employment & Skills Programme is currently recruiting for a project co-ordinator with experience in the welfare-to-work or recruitment sectors to join our team working on an existing, award winning project with one of our prestigious member companies. Working across a number of East London sites including our modern offices in Crossharbour, the successful individual will demonstrate the ability and desire to communicate with people of all levels from school leavers seeking their first job to community partners and senior business figures from our member companies. 

Duties will include employer and stakeholder engagement, candidate screening and training delivery. PLEASE FIND FULL JOB DESCRIPTION AND DETAILS OF HOW TO APPLY ON OUR WEBSITE:



POST BASED: East London