Posts Tagged ‘employment’

Success for Working Links


Working Links is delivering a  government scheme to help families back to work across Lincolnshire and the surrounding regions.

Working Links has launched a new programme to help families get back to work across the East Midlands. The programme, introduced by Employment Minister Chris Grayling and funded through the European Social Fund, will last three years and will see Working Links engaging with thousands of people in a bid to tackle social exclusion and poverty.

Through this contract Working Links will employ up to 40 new people to deliver the programme internally and will work with ten partner organisations to deliver across the region.

Breege Burke, Working Links chief executive, said:

“We’re delighted to have been chosen by the government to deliver this important contract. “The number of households where no-one has ever worked is at a record high – that is a big problem but one we’re committed to addressing as part of this programme.

“We have an excellent track record of delivering innovative programmes to help people change their lives and we’ll be working with dozens of partner organisations, including those from the voluntary sector, to ensure this record continues.”

Well done!!

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The Liverpool Daily Post has reported that,

A GROUP of young people from Merseyside are enjoying an opportunity to get a foot on the career ladder, thanks to a joint initiative between Balfour Beatty, The Prince’s Trust and Liverpool Community College.

The Prince’s Trust Get into Construction programme, now in its second year with Balfour Beatty, recruits 16-25 year olds not in education, training or employment, and gives them training and work experience to improve their chances of getting employment in the future.

All seven of last year’s recruits were offered full-time work at the end of the programme.
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Institue for employment research report!!

You are invited to attend the first LLAKES Autumn Seminar

Monday 17 October 2011, 16.00-17.30, Room 736
Professor Anne Green, Institute for Employment Research.

Spatial Inequalities in the UK: The importance of sub-national perspectives on employment and skills

This presentation will discuss theoretical perspectives on spatial disparities and the main patterns and changes in spatial inequalities in employment and skills in the UK following the recession of 2008/9. It will argue that, in general, the weakest areas suffered disproportionately from a rise in unemployment during recession. This indicates the associated challenge of spatial rebalancing given the above and the importance of the public sector in providing jobs – and notably high quality jobs – in the North and Midlands. The presentation will outline why a sub-national perspective on employment and skills is important from the perspective of individuals, and how and why employers may or may not favour local workers. The potential role of spatial mobility in achieving a better balance in employment and skills and the role to be played by people and place-based policies will also be explained.

All events take place at the Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London

The event is free but booking is required. Please email LLAKES –


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Ageism is a major barrier to employment.

Age UK have predicted that hundreds of thousands of over 50’s could end up as long term unemployed concluding that:

  • A large number of over 50’s will be added to the employment pool when they are taken off Incapacity Benefit and put onto Employment Support Allowance (ESA).
  • There is compelling evidence suggesting that the over 50’s are being actively discriminated against, by recruiters.
  • 300,000 over 50 year olds confirmed that they had been refused a job because   of their age in the last five years.

Age Concern has also estimated that an additional 250,000 mature people could be added to the job market, in the coming years, due to changes in personal economic circumstances.

Certainly from the available data jobs are being created by the private sector but the crucial question must be ‘What type of jobs are they? The reason this question is important is that employers are saying an increasing number of first time job claimants including graduates appear not to have the basic skills needed, and yet there is an untapped pool of expertise in the over 50 age group. These people who have the skills are being expected to wash down tables, and fill shelves.

Experiments in both America and Europe have shown that mature people are important resources to help the younger generations become more effective at achieving the skills needed by employers in areas like communication, social and basic reading and arithmetic. Perhaps this presently neglected group could be used in similar projects within for example the Big Society? Equally important may be the need to introduce tough new laws to prevent employers from discriminating against over 50’s, but there are concerns being expressed that further legislation would prove ineffective.

David Healey

Project Support Officer


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Privatisation of Jobcentre PLus should be next step in government’s welfare reforms


Association of Learning Providers

Press release – 1 April 2011

Subject: Response to DWP welfare-to-work announcement

The Association of Learning Providers (ALP), which represents nearly three-quarters of providers who have been awarded contracts today to deliver the government’s new Work Programme, has welcomed the trust which ministers have placed in private and voluntary sector providers to deliver such a vital component of their welfare reforms.

The Association believes that the adoption of a ‘black box’ design for the programme will prove to be enormously beneficial in terms of enabling providers to be flexible in the type of support they can offer unemployed people on a case-by-case basis.

ALP has previously expressed concerns about the viability of the ‘payment by results’ terms within the Work Programme provider contracts.  However it recognises that the programme should be given a chance to succeed and it has taken on board the recent assurances that the employment minister gave to the Commons select committee in the event that contractors drop out of the programme.

Under the Work Programme, providers will be referred clients from the government’s employment service, Jobcentre Plus, after one year of being out of work, but ALP is asking whether unemployed people should have to wait to get specialist support.

Graham Hoyle OBE, ALP’s chief executive, said: “We applaud the radical approach that the government has taken on reforms to welfare-to-work framework and the confidence which it has placed in the provider network to deliver sustainable results when unemployment is on the increase.  In keeping with the overall reform of public services, the next logical step is to privatise Jobcentre Plus and to allow it to compete with other providers in assisting people who have been out of work for a short or longer period.”


Contact Aidan Relf on 07710 305182

Notes to editors:

1. About the Association of Learning Providers

The Association of Learning Providers (ALP) represents the interests of a range of organisations delivering state-funded vocational learning and employment placement. The majority of our 550+ member organisations are independent providers holding contracts with or through the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Department of Education (DFE) and Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), for the provision of a wide-range of work-based and work-related learning. Amongst our members we also have a number of consultants, regional networks, and FE colleges in membership, alongside well over 50 charities, giving ALP a well rounded and comprehensive perspective and insight on matters relating to its remit.

With regard to DWP provision, around 80 of our members have declared they currently hold welfare-to-work contracts, but including subcontractors we estimate the numbers involved in this sector to be considerably in excess of this. No less than 8 of the current Top 10 DWP providers are members of ALP, accounting between them for nearly £560m of welfare-to-work expenditure out of a combined spend of over £930m for the Top 40 providers. Combined with the extensive number of DWP subcontractors in membership we therefore expect ALP members to be heavily represented in delivery of the planned Work Programme.

ALP’s website with all recent written submissions can be accessed at: www.learningproviders.org.uk.

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CIPD pessimistic on employment recovery in 2011


The latest Labour Market Outlook from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development predicts that the employment recovery in 2010 will not be sustained during 2011. Their quarterly report produced with KPMG is based on a survey of 759 HR professionals and measures employers’ intentions for staffing and pay in the coming quarter.

This will be sobering news for all involved in delivering the Work Programme.

The report found that net employment intentions (being the proportion of employers planning to increase staffing levels and those planning to reduce them) had become negative for the first time in a year. While the private sector continues to grow, employment intentions in the public sector have been in negative and have continued to fall. Furthermore more than half of public sector organisations plan to make redundancies in the first quarter of 2011.


CIPD believes that unemployment may continue rising into 2012 painting a pessimistic picture of the UK labour market in comparison to the predictions of the Office for Budget Responsibility. The OBR produces its own labour market forecasts and predicts that the total number of people in work will be 100,000 higher at the end of 2011 than at the end of 2010.


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The total number of council job losses as a result of government spending cuts has reached more than 66,000 so far, according to the GMB union’s latest tally covering 64 councils. Union officers said they were involved in a 90-day consultation process with most of the councils.

The Councils most at risk of job cuts found were at Suffolk County Council, with an expected 1,500 job losses, while Aberdeen City Council plans to cut 900 jobs.

Brian Strutton, GMB national secretary for public services, said the coalition government should be targeting “tax dodgers who avoid £50 billion in taxes each year” rather than reducing spending. “Councils workers are not to blame – why is the government targeting lollypop staff, school dinner staff, cleaners, social workers and home care assistants? It is totally unfair.”

In November, council leaders warned that about 140,000 local authority jobs would be lost in the next year as a result of spending cuts. Analysis from the Local Government Group, part of the Local Government Association, said that the scale of job losses is likely to be 40 per cent higher than was originally thought following the comprehensive spending review.

Jason McGee-Abe

Project Support Office


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