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Archive for February 10th, 2012

Man dies after Work Capability Assessment declares him fit for work

The Derbyshire Times is reporting…that there are calls for the Government to improve work capability assessments after a man declared ‘fit to work’ died a month later.

Stephen Hill, 53, of Duckmanton, died in December of a heart attack. The dad-of-two had suffered heart problems for and was awaiting major heart surgery but following a ten-minute medical examination on November 17 he was deemed well enough to work….

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Barnado’s report on impact on disadvantaged 16 to 19-year-olds

Staying the Course takes a close, initial look at the new 16-19 Bursary Fund for England and its impact on disadvantaged 16 to 19-year-olds in education and training.

Staying the Course provides an insight into the backgrounds of young people who depend on financial support to continue in education or training.

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In 2011 funding for 16-19 financial support was cut from £560 million per year to £180 million. The report found lower levels of money and a lack of access to the fund are both key factors which are forcing many young people to consider dropping out of education and training due to financial hardship. Based on the research in this report Barnardo’s recommends that the system is better funded, better targeted and better administered to ensure that the Government’s aspirations for social mobility through education can benefit 16 to 19-year-olds as well as disadvantaged school children.

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The Skills Place Newham supports Mayor’s Apprenticeship boost

 

The Skills Place Newham backs the Mayor of London’s Apprenticeship plans.

 

The Skills Place Newham is supporting the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson’s campaign to create 100,000 new apprenticeships for the capital by the end of 2012.

 

The Skills Place Newham based at Westfield Stratford City will be assisting the retail shopping centre giant, to add 200 apprenticeship places to the campaign’s total across its Westfield Stratford City and Westfield London retail centres.

 

Making the announcement on Tuesday to mark the start of National Apprenticeship Week, the Mayor declared that he is more than half way to hitting his target of creating 100,000 apprenticeships and with the contribution from Westfield, with the support of The Skills Place Newham, the campaign has been further boosted.

 

The Skills Place Newham is managed by Seetec, one of the UK’s leading training and employment specialists, working in partnership with the London Borough of Newham and Westfield, to provide a first class training facility to residents of Newham and across London.

 

Specialising in retail, leisure, hospitality and customer service, this unique academy offers state of the art facilities, including a mock shop for visual merchandising and barista area for hospitality training.

 

Since its launch in September 2011, thousands of students have entered through The Skills Place Newham’s doors to be inspired, motivated and trained in these huge employment sectors.

 

Seetec’s Chief Executive Jeremy Nutter said, “We fully support the Mayor of London in his endeavors to get the capital’s young people into the work place. Seetec is a keen supporter of National Apprenticeship Week, which is now in its fifth year, through a range of activities across its centres around the UK, to ensure that businesses big and small release the talent of our younger generation.”

 

Michael Gutman, Managing Director for Westfield Europe and New Markets, said: “There are many career pathways and opportunities within Westfield and we are delighted to support the Mayor’s apprenticeships programme as we announce our ambition to see 200 apprenticeships created across our Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City centres during 2012. This specialised training provides apprentices with an excellent, income-earning route to gaining important skills and qualifications as well as benefiting the end-users who hire them.”

To find out more about Apprenticeships please contact The Skills Place Newham Apprenticeship Team on: 0845 330 6439

The Skills Place Newham is a new initaive from Seetec, Westfield and the London Borough of Newham. The Skills Place Newham provides specialist pre and post-employment training programmes for residents of Newham and across London.

For more information on this press release please contact Nancy Rogers PR & Communications Manager Nancy.rogers@seetec.co.uk 07779 251 711

The The Skills Place Newham is a new initiative from Seetec, Westfield and the London Borough of Newham. The Skills Place Newham provides specialist pre an

 

Skills Place Newham is a new initiative from Seetec, Westfield and the London Borough of Newham. The Skills Place Newham provides specialist pre and post-employment training programmes for residents of Newham and across London.

The Skills Place Newham is a new initiative from Seetec, Westfield and the London Borough of Newham. The Skills Place Newham provides specialist pre and post-employment training programmes for residents of Newham and across London.

 

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