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Posted By Heather Ette, 19 July 2019

 

A Review of the IEP Luton Workshop at the Employment & Skills Convention

 

Pat Russell, Chair of the IEP delivered a session on the pilot Partnership Programme the IEP has been running with Luton Borough Council.   Sue Nelson, Service Director for the Council was there as well and spoke about the challenges facing the Borough and why she felt it was important for the Council to invest in supporting front-line Employability Professionals to develop their skills and also be helped to create networks across a range of partner organisations.

 

The programme was designed and delivered by the Institute of Employability Professionals and supported and funded by the Council. Over a twelve month period, selected front-line professionals had Membership of the Institute which gave them access to a wealth of on-line and other resources, attended networking sessions and webinars, undertook a Level 3 Award in Employability Services Sector, took part in the Mental Health Awareness workshop and learned more about Disability Confident from Disability Ambassadors.

 

Delegates were then invited to say what they felt was important for them and what support they needed to be the best they could be.  Lots of ideas were generated including the importance of networking, Mental Health First Aid, crisis management, motivational interviewing and personal resilience and wellbeing. There were several front-line Employability Professionals in the session and all agreed that more events where they could come together and share experiences were vital.  

 

Pat said of the event "The Employment and Skills Convention brought together a wide range of employability professionals ensuring that the quality of discussion was of the highest standard.  I was thrilled to meet many IEP members and to hear first hand what they wanted from their membership body as well as being blown-away as ever by the dedication and commitment they all show towards the people they are there to support"

 

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Posted By Heather Ette, 03 July 2019

A review of the IEP Networking Event in London

The IEP played host to an audience from all corners of the employability sector at the recent networking event in North London.

Kindly supported by Red 5 People the event was billed as ‘Celebrating diversity, delivering great opportunities and outcomes’ and featured some fantastic speakers including Sam Windett MIEP from Impetus who presented Impetus’ new research which establishes an ‘employment gap’ between disadvantaged young people and their better-off peers.  Attendees also heard from Andrew Moore MIEP from Prospects Services who presented on the learnings from the Employment Plus programme that supports low-paid and low-skilled employed individuals in London; Jackie Hadfield from Groundwork looked at the key takeaways from delivering multiple employment programmes and maximizing opportunities for clients and Scope’s Guy Chaudoir presented the Scope and Virgin Media,  Work With Me campaign to encourage employers to build more inclusive workplaces for disabled people.

Here’s some feedback from attendees:

"We were really pleased to host our first IEP London networking event.  There was a great line up of speakers with some excellent topics all celebrating diversity and outcomes in the sector – and some great networking and food to add!

James Chessum, Founder/Recruiter, Red 5 People

 

“Great presentations, with lots to think about and learn from, plus excellent opportunities to meet new people.”

David Imber FIEP, The Good Employability Company

 

“Thank you for organising the IEP event last week. I thought it was a really great event and well hosted. Not being an employability professional but interested in working with the sector, it was a great way to see examples of how effectively the sector is working and hear how it is changing.”

William Thompson ACA

 

You can watch the video presentations from the event here:

 

Andrew Moore from Prospects delivers his thoughts as part of the latest IEP Networking Event.
Looking at the learnings from the Employment Plus programme that supports low-paid and low-skilled employed individuals in London, what has worked and what has been a challenge, and what the future of in work progression looks like.

 

 

 

 

Sam Windett @Impetus delivers aspects of this exciting new research. This research which establishes an ‘employment gap’ between disadvantaged young people and their better-off peers. The fullest picture of the education and employment prospects of disadvantaged young people in the UK to date

 

 

 

Guy Chaudoir from Scope shares his views on Scopes Employability services and their partnership with @ViginMedia at the latest @IEPinfo Networking Event. Employment support as part of a larger campaign.

 

 

 

 

Jackie Hadfield from Groundwork delivers her thoughts as part of the latest IEP Networking Event. Looking at the key takeaways from delivering multiple employment programmes and maximising opportunities for clients.

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Posted By Administration, 03 July 2019

Congratulations to our Employment and Skills Convention Bursary Winners 2019

The IEP and Learning and Work Institute are delighted to announce Dawn Croft AIEP, Dahlia Parkinson MIEP, Caroline deCarpentier MIEP. Sarah Okungu MIEP and Sharen Mathers MIEP as this year’s winners of the IEP Employment and Skills Convention Bursary.

This year's event, which takes place at 30 Euston Square, London on 10th July will be addressing the question “Where do we stand in this uncertain landscape and how do we make sure that supporting disadvantaged people into employment remains at the top of the government’s agenda?”

The IEP Bursary will provide the winners with a full free delegate place at the Convention where they will also be presented with a formal certificate of recognition.

Learning and Work Institute’s Director, Joe Dromey said: “We are delighted that our affiliation with the IEP continues to provide an opportunity for Members to engage with what is happening in policy and practice in today’s tumultuous political climate of employment and skills.”

IEP Chief Executive Scott Parkin FIEP said: "This bursary offer from the Learning and Work Institute and IEP presents a fantastic opportunity for IEP Members to come along and benefit from the Employment and Skills Convention experience and take part in some great learning, networking and development.

"The Employment and Skills Convention is always an important event in IEP's calendar and we are looking forward to supporting the event again this year as it seeks to address some of the big questions and challenges our sector faces now with the uncertainty of Brexit and the impact of Universal Credit as well as discussing ways to close the disability gap and help in-work progression,   The IEP are dedicated to our vision of 'Employability Professionals everywhere are the best they can be' and this event provides a crucial platform for professionals to explore new partnership opportunities, increase and improve access to high quality training and present the latest developments in policy and delivery." 

The IEP will be hosting a Workshop during the Convention.  Pat Russell MIEP, Chair of the IEP, together with Sue Nelson MIEP, Service Director for Luton Borough Council will be delivering a session on the Partnership Programme that the IEP have been running with the Council over the past year.   

Delegates will be able to find out more about the Programme and the impact it has had. The Programme was designed and delivered by the Institute of Employability Professionals and supported and funded by the Council. Over a twelve month period, selected front-line professionals had Membership of the Institute which gave them access to a wealth of on-line and other resources, attended networking sessions and webinars, undertook a Level 3 Award in Employability Services Sector, took part in a Mental Health Awareness workshop and learned more about Disability Confident from Disability Ambassadors.

This year’s Convention will be looking to achieve the following aims:

  • explore how to grow successful partnerships with employers and skills and employment support providers to increase and improve access to high quality training, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • provide a platform for politicians and senior professionals from public, private and third sector organisations to present the latest developments in policies and delivery
  • present cutting-edge research on employment and skills policy.

For more information about the event click here

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Posted By Administration, 25 June 2019

ERSA Employability Awards 2019 winners announced

IEP were delighted to be amongst our friends and colleagues at the ERSA Employability Awards to celebrate the fantastic achievements of Employability Professionals everywhere.

We congratulate all of the winners and were proud to joint-sponsor the Team of the Year Award, together with JobSkilla, for the second year running which went to ELITE Supported Employment Agency who work to create sustainable employment outcomes for young people aged 16 to 25 with a learning disability / difficulty or Autism.

This year’s awards, which were sponsored by Fedcap Employment, were hosted by author and entrepreneur, Lucy Clayton and included the video message below from the Minister for Employment, Alok Sharma MP.

The ERSA Employability Awards celebrate best practice across the employment support sector and seek to demonstrate the day-to-day hard work and dedication of those working to improve the lives of jobseekers, communities and the wider workforce.

The Awards received over 150 entries across ten categories demonstrating the breadth of work in the sector.

The award entries were judged by an all-star panel: Phillip Blond, Director at ResPublica; Jane Hamilton, Employment Editor at The Sun; Mark Staley, Assistant Employment Account Director at the Department for Work and Pensions and Tanya Weston, Winner of Adviser of the Year 2018, from Genius Within.

ERSA’s Interim Chief Executive, Elizabeth Taylor, says:

‘On behalf of everyone at ERSA, I would like to say a huge congratulations to this year’s winners. We are delighted to celebrate the achievements of individuals and organisations across the employment support sector - from the frontline Advisers supporting people towards employment, the jobseekers overcoming huge barriers to work and the organisations ready to give people that much needed chance. Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s awards.’

Minister for Employment, Alok Sharma MP, says:

“I want to thank and congratulate all of this year’s winners and runners-up, for all their fantastic work on behalf of jobseekers up and down the country.

“We have more people in work than ever before, but projects like these are making sure we spread that opportunity even further and provide vital support to those looking for work.”

The winners:

Youth Employment Awards sponsored by entitledto: Recognising an employment support provider who has demonstrated exceptional commitment in delivering employment services for young adults.

Winner: East London Business Alliance (ELBA) – The Parity Project

The Parity Project connects Young Black Men to sustainable employment in corporate sectors.  During its pilot phase (Oct 17 - Oct 18), the project engaged 100 young men and supported over half (52) participants into sustainable professional careers, as well as a further 14 into internships and work placements.  Parity facilitated employability interventions and job brokerage with leading firms in Canary Wharf and the City, enabled impactful relationships via the Parity Mentoring programme and networking events.

Disability and Health Employment Award sponsored by ICONI: Recognising an employment support provider who has demonstrated exceptional commitment in supporting jobseekers with disabilities and health conditions to achieve sustained employment.

Winner: The Poppy Factory

The Poppy Factory’s employability programme is bespoke and evidence-based and helps wounded, injured and sick veterans back into meaningful and sustained employment within their own local communities.  Employment has been shown to restore a veteran’s self-respect and sense of purpose, with their financial independence enabling a further contribution to society.  Today, it is considered the nation’s largest employability service for veterans with physical and mental health conditions.

Partner of the Year Award sponsored by Seetec: Recognising excellence as a delivery partner in the field of employment support.

Winner: Successful Mums

Successful Mums has supported almost 5,000 women into employment and self-employment since 2014. Our innovative Back to Work and Business Start-up courses are designed specifically for women returners looking for flexibility. They deliver great results, regularly exceed outcome targets and make a real difference to women’s lives.

Innovation Award sponsored by Shaw Trust: Recognising a provider who has pioneered innovative approaches and solutions within the employment support market.

Winner: BEAM

BEAM is an online platform that crowdfunds employment training for people who’ve experienced homelessness and then supports them into rewarding careers.  Beam’s process can be summarised in five steps:  1. Each person on Beam (or "member" as we call them) has been recommended to us by a registered homelessness charity.   2. A Beam employee meets the member. Together, they match employment training to the member's unique goals and career aspirations.    3. Beam helps the member prepare an online fundraising campaign for their employment training that transparently shows exactly the employment plan and a budget, broken down to the nearest pound.    4. During the campaign and all the way through training and into work, a trained Beam employee (known as a "Member Manager") supports the member.   5. Once someone is in stable, paid work, the member usually pledges to repay the value of their campaign to future Beam members.

Large Employer of the Year Award sponsored by Bootstrap Enterprises: Recognising a large employer who has demonstrated exceptional commitment in creating opportunities for disadvantaged and long term unemployed jobseekers.

Winner: Greene King (nominated by Jo Churchill MP)

Greene King’s apprenticeship programme has supported over 11,000 apprentices since 2011 with over 2,000 apprentices currently in learning. Apprenticeships are embedded into our business and HR strategy of attracting, retaining and developing its workforce. A key component is local population recruitment focussing on attracting all ages and demographics, thus opening hospitality as a career choice with opportunities to progress.

Small or Medium Employer of the Year Award sponsored by Cognisoft: Recognising a small or medium employer who has demonstrated exceptional commitment in creating opportunities for disadvantaged and long term unemployed jobseekers.

Winner: Fun4Kidz (nominated by Sefton@Work)

Sefton@Work is the part of Sefton Council that supports residents to find work and provides recruitment services for business willing to employ people from our registered jobseekers. Fun4Kidz deserves recognition for its 16-year commitment to work with Sefton@Work to reduce unemployment within the borough, by offering people with barriers to work the opportunity to develop and thrive within the Fun4Kidz workplace setting.

Team of the Year Award sponsored by the IEP and Jobskilla: Recognising a team of frontline staff which has demonstrated outstanding commitment in meeting and exceeding the delivery aims of an employment provider.

Winner: ELITE Supported Employment Agency

ELITE Supported Employment is a South Wales based charity, that has been delivering the Engage to Change Project, funded by the Big Lottery and Welsh Government since September 2016. This project works with young people aged 16 to 25 with a learning disability / difficulty or Autism. Its aim is to create sustainable employment outcomes for young people and employers.  The Engage to Change Team has 32 staff providing a range of employment opportunities, including work placements, tailored training and one to one job coach support in the workplace.

Adviser of the Year Award sponsored by Alderwood: Recognising an employment adviser who has demonstrated exceptional commitment in a frontline role.

Winner: Jason Davis (nominated by Clarion Futures)

Jason Davis is Clarion Futures’ Employment Support Officer for the South West, based in Plymouth, Devon. Plymouth LSOA’s are in the lowest 10% (IMD 2015), and regionally the city has a high level of economically inactive residents with deprivation due to low income on the increase. Having overcome his own health and learning struggles, Jason specialises in supporting people experiencing particularly complex barriers to employment. These can include disadvantages related to long-term unemployment, limited basic skills and challenging personal circumstances. Impressively, over three years Jason has worked with 317 people a third of whom have mental and physical health conditions, supporting 254 (80%) into employment..

Significant Achievement Award sponsored by Fedcap Scotland: Recognising a jobseeker who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to overcoming barriers to enter and maintain work.

Winner: Chanel Allen (nominated by Working Chance)

During her last stay in prison, Chanel decided that she was ready to turn her life around. Her complex history of domestic abuse, state care, prison and mental ill-health did not stop Chanel from pursuing her passion for food or her determination to find paid employment in the hospitality industry.    Whilst in prison, she completed several qualifications, successfully opened a bakery, registered with Working Chance and took part in one of our employability workshops. Upon her release, she secured a job at Honest Burgers through Working Chance and was able to start work immediately. This allowed her to become financially independent and finally escape the toxic cycle of reoffending she had been trapped in since her early teenage years. Chanel has truly excelled at Honest Burgers and a burger she created can now be found on menus across Reading!

Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Clarion Futures: Recognising an exceptional individual who has dedicated a significant part of their career to the employment related services sector and has made a notable impact on the wider sector

Winner: Alan Cave, Chief Executive, APM

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient has spent his career committed to the employment related service sector, in roles spanning central Government, think tanks, public service providers, and more recently a private health and employment provider.  His commitment is as unique as it is exceptional – he’s positively impacted the sector as both a commissioner and a provider; successfully transitioning from DWP where he developed and led the first Commissioning Strategy and Provider Forum, to the private sector where his continued achievements include leading a Work Programme provider from rank 38th to 2nd best in the country, helping thousands of people find employment and better their lives. His name is synonymous with the sector, and his significant contributions can be seen in all areas, from individuals who work in the sector, to providers, to government policy. He is a champion of people, respected and liked both professionally and personally, with understated assurance and integrity.

 

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Posted By Heather Ette, 12 June 2019

A review of our Fellows Dinner in London

Another fantastic evening of dazzling discussion coupled with delectable cuisine at the recent Fellows Dinner London, once again held in the heart of the City at Piccolino’s Exchange Square.

Kindly supported by JGA Group and hosted by Patrick Hughes FIEP, the dinner attracted 17 professionals from across the sector who came together to debate the issues affecting employability, now and in the future. 

Here’s some feedback from our guests:

“I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the IEP Fellows Dinner. Everyone had fascinating views on the topical issues such as whether the employability sector has a long-term future and the state of relationships with DWP.”

Richard Goodwin, Managing Director, JGA Group

“My thanks to everyone who came to the May dinner. The group were a pleasure to be part of; the conversation challenging and enjoyable in equal measure. As a group you were a delight to facilitate. Your insights and the quality of the discussion were really excellent. A number of you have asked for a note of my closing thought for the day. I can’t find the original author but it goes: “ Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance; engagement is when you dance like no one is watching.”   

Patrick Hughes FIEP, Director, Salientwork Ltd

 

“A great evening facilitated to perfection, as usual!”

Stewart Holdsworth MIEP, Strategic Account Manager, Seetec

 

The IEP Fellows Networking Dinners are open to Fellows, aspiring Fellows, sector leaders and anyone that has an interest in delivering services that change lives.  We have a programme of Fellows Dinner’s planned for the remainder of the year with our next taking place at Manchester Cathedral, hosted by the Very Reverend Dean Rogers Govender and sponsored by Cognisoft.

Also, look out for the next Fellows Networking Dinner in London on 27 November!

 

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Posted By Administration, 28 May 2019
Updated: 22 May 2019

Get your ticket for the London Networking Event today

Tuesday 28 May 2019, 3.00pm–6.00pm, We Work, 90 York Way, London N1
Kindly hosted by Red 5 People


The latest in our series of IEP Networking events is taking place today in North London and it promises to be an informative and enjoyable afternoon and a great opportunity to network with colleagues and peers and to build new contacts in the employability profession.  What’s more, there’ll be drinks and a chance to grab a bite to eat at our network reception before heading home.

Guy Chaudoir from Scope is the latest speaker confirmed and he will be delivering a presentation entitled "Scope and Virgin Media, Work with Me - Employment support as part of a larger campaign".  Guy is Employment Team Manager at Scope and worked within the charity’s employment team since 2012, providing employment services and projects to disabled people through a number of Corporate Partnerships. He currently manages Scope’s national employment service Support to Work in conjunction with Virgin Media as part of Scope’s Work with Me campaign.

 

The theme of the event is ‘Celebrating diversity, delivering great opportunities and outcomes’, and Guy will be joining some fantastic speakers including Sam Windett, from Impetus, Andrew Moore from Prospects Services and Jackie Hadfield from Groundwork.

The event is open to IEP Members and non-members alike and it’s not too late to book your free ticket! Click here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/iep-networking-event-london-tickets-59575620284 

We hope to see you there!

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Posted By Administration, 10 May 2019

IEP Networking Event - London

Celebrating diversity, delivering great opportunities and outcomes

Following successful past Networking Events in Manchester, Newport, Bolton, Birmingham and Sheffield the IEP are delighted to be bringing another Networking Event to London, kindly hosted and supported by Red 5 People.

Entitled ‘Celebrating diversity, delivering great opportunities and outcomes’, the event takes place on 28th May at We Work, 90 York Way, London, N1 from 3.00pm – 6.00pm

We have some fantastic speakers lined up including Sam Windett from Impetus, Andrew Moore from Prospects Services and Jackie Hadfield from Groundwork.

Here’s what’s in store:

Andrew Moore Senior Operations Manager, Prospects Services, part of the Shaw Trust Group

Andrew is responsible for all Employability contracts in London and the South of England for the Group, including New Enterprise Allowance, Employment Plus - the ESFA’s Career and In Work Progression programme in London, as well as various other DWP and devolved Employability contracts. Prior to working at Prospects, Andrew spent six years at A4e/PeoplePlus working on contracts such as Flexible New Deal, Work Programme and Offender Learning and Skills Service  (OLASS), amongst others.

Andrew’s presentation will be ‘What Works in Supporting In Work Progression’ and will look at the learnings from the Employment Plus programme that supports low-paid and low-skilled employed individuals in London, what has worked and what has been the challenges, and what the future of in work progression looks like.

Sam Windett, Director of Policy, Impetus 

Sam is the Director of Policy for Impetus, which transforms the lives of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds by ensuring they get the right support to succeed in school, in work and in life. Previously, Sam was Head of Policy at the Employment Related Services Association and, prior to that, led the policy and public affairs work for frontline organisations in the private and charity sectors.

Sam will be presenting Impetus’ new research which establishes an ‘employment gap’ between disadvantaged young people and their better-off peers. The first national report from the Youth Jobs Gap series was recently released at an event headlined by the Minister for Employment, Alok Sharma MP, and provided the fullest picture of the education and employment prospects of disadvantaged young people in the UK to date.

Jackie Hadfield, Operations Manager Groundwork

Jackie Hadfield has been managing employment support programmes for providers such as Novus, Ixion and most recently helping to implement and drive 11 employment support programmes for Groundwork London including Work & Health, Aspiring Families, NEETs as well as leading on the BBO / ESF funded Able, Capable, Employed programme.

Jackie will be talking about "Delivering a service for everyone whilst managing multiple contracts” looking at the key takeaways from delivering multiple employment programmes and maximizing opportunities for clients.

The event is free to attend and open to IEP Members and non-members alike.  It will offer an ideal opportunity to network with colleagues and peers and build new contacts so why not come along?

To book your place go to  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/iep-networking-event-london-tickets-59575620284

 

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Posted By Heather Ette, 01 May 2019

Finalists for 2019 ERSA Employability Awards announced

ERSA has announced the finalists for the 2019 Employability Awards. The list of finalists includes a wide range of organisations and individuals demonstrating exceptional service and support to help people into employment.

Now in its seventh year, the ERSA Employability Awards celebrate best practice across the employment support sector and seek to demonstrate the day-to-day hard work and dedication of those working to improve the lives of jobseekers, communities and the wider workforce. 

The ten award categories highlight the breadth of work supporting people into employment, from advisers working with jobseekers to build their confidence, to organisations pioneering innovative ways of supporting people onto the right career path, and employers going that extra mile to support those with greater needs.

The 2019 ERSA Employability Awards received over 150 entries from across the UK. This year’s submissions were judged by an all-star panel, consisting of internationally recognised political thinker and Director of ResPublica, Phillip Blond, editor of The Sun’s employment page, Jane Hamilton, senior civil servant at the Department for Work and Pensions, Mark Staley, and Winner of Adviser of the Year in the 2018 awards, Tanya Weston of Genius Within.

The winners will be announced at a special ceremony on 20 June, attended by the Minister for Employment, Alok Sharma MP.

ERSA's Interim Chief Executive, Elizabeth Taylor, said: 

‘The ERSA Employability Awards attracted a huge number of high-quality entries from a diverse and innovative range of organisations. The judges had the unenviable task of selecting finalists from an extremely strong field of candidates, all of which showcase the superb work taking place in our sector. 

‘We look forward to welcoming finalists to the awards on 20 June, along with the Minister for Employment, Alok Sharma, to enjoy an evening of celebration for organisations, employers and individuals that are making a difference and transforming people’s lives.’

The full list of finalists is as follows: 

1.        Youth Employment sponsored by entitledto

Recognising an employment services provider who has demonstrated exceptional commitment in delivering employment services for young adults.

  • Barnardo’s - The Building Hope Academy
  • Sheffield Futures
  • Adviza Partnership – Wellbeing Team
  • Birmingham Youth Offending Service
  • Sheffield City Council
  • Qube Learning
  • East London Business Alliance (ELBA) – The Parity Project

2.        Disability and Health Employment sponsored by ICONI

Recognising an employment services provider who has demonstrated exceptional commitment in supporting jobseekers with disabilities and health conditions to achieve sustained employment.

  • Pluss
  • APM
  • The Poppy Factory
  • Kennedy Scott
  • Manchester Deaf Centre – The Job Club
  • Reed in Partnership (nominated by Croydon Council)
  • Hereward College

3.         Partner of the Year sponsored by Seetec 

Recognising excellence as a delivery partner in the field of employment support

  • Sussex Community Development Association (nominated by Shaw Trust)
  • Warrington Disability Partnership - New Leaf Team (nominated by ComMutual)
  • Successful Mums
  • Better Off Finance (nominated by The Women’s Organisation)
  • SETAS (nominated by Kennedy Scott)
  • The 'One Destination' Partnership (nominated by London Learning Consortium)
  • GLLaB - Greenwich Local Labour and Business

4.        Innovation sponsored by Shaw Trust

Recognising a provider who has pioneered innovative approaches and solutions within the employment support market.

  • LearnBox
  • Belina (nominated by G4S)
  • Milton Keynes College
  • Jobskilla
  • The Aster Group – Project ASpect
  • Reform Radio
  • BEAM

5.        Large Employer

Recognising a large employer who has demonstrated exceptional commitment in creating opportunities for disadvantaged and long-term unemployed jobseekers.

  • Greene King (nominated by Jo Churchill MP)
  • Allianz UK (nominated by Seetec)
  • Clipper Logistics (nominated by Royal Mencap Society)
  • Northern Devon Healthcare Trust
  • Debenhams (nominated by SPS Training Solutions Limited)

6.        SME of the Year sponsored by Cognisoft

Recognising a small or medium employer who has demonstrated exceptional commitment in creating opportunities for disadvantaged and long-term unemployed jobseekers.”

  • CPUK Civils (nominated by NOVUS)
  • Citizens Advice Rhondda Cynon Taff (nominated by ITEC Training Solutions Ltd)
  • Fun4Kidz (nominated by Sefton@Work)
  • The Entertainer (nominated by Shaw Trust)

7.        Team of the Year Institute of Employability Professionals and JobSkilla

Recognising a team of frontline staff which has demonstrated outstanding commitment in meeting and exceeding the delivery aims of an employment provider.

  • Elite Supported Employment Agency
  • London Borough of Newham – Workplace Supported Employment Team (SET)
  • London Borough of Brent – The Living Room
  • Reed in Partnership - DWP ESF Work Routes Team Peterborough
  • RNIB – Employment Team
  • Qube Learning - The Bradford Youth Development Team

8.        Adviser of the Year Alderwood Recruitment

Recognising an employment adviser who has demonstrated exceptional commitment in a frontline role.

  • Jason Davis (nominated by Clarion Futures)
  • Vickie Chalmers (nominated by Groundwork Manchester Salford Stockport Tameside & Trafford)
  • Emma Davis (nominated by FedCap Employment - Links to Work)
  • Kate Stenlake (nominated by Genius Within)
  • Michael Laws (nominated by RBLI)
  • Natalie Rees (nominated by Itec Skills & Employment)
  • Paul Hanman (nominated by Swindon Council)
  • Charlotte McDonald (nominated by Transform Lives Company)

9.        Significant Achievement

Recognising a specific jobseeker who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to overcoming barriers to enter and maintain work.

  • Rebecca Jackson (nominated by Ingeus)
  • Chanel Allen (nominated by Working Chance)
  • Paul Ntulila (nominated by London Borough of Newham)
  • James Croucher (nominated by Links to Work)
  • Suzanne Winser (nominated by Belina GRoW)
  • Andrea Barns (nominated by FedCap Employment – Links to Work)
  • George Dobbie (nominated by Seetec)

 

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Posted By Administration, 01 May 2019

IEP and Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network Sign Memorandum of Understanding

The IEP are pleased to announce a new partnership with The Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network (GMLPN) to develop and expand a framework of co-operation to support mutually beneficial projects and activities. 

GMLPN is a network of over 100 training providers and colleges established to represent its members’ interests and to work with and on behalf of those skills providers. Their ambition is for Greater Manchester to have a nationally recognised skills system which is a key driver of economic growth by anticipating and meeting the needs of individuals, employers and communities alike.

Andy Fawcett, Executive Director, GMLPN saidAs an organisation which principally works in Greater Manchester we are acutely aware of the fact that many GM residents are caught in the low pay no pay cycle and too many people in the conurbation lack the necessary employability skills to access and sustain employment. We are also acutely aware from recent research that upwards of 15,000 young people aged 16-24 are not in work or education and are not claiming benefits and as such are not automatically receiving employability and job search support as is the case for Jobcentre Plus customers. This hidden group of young people are perhaps our greatest concern.”

The partnership will see the IEP and GMLPN work together to achieve the following key aims:

  • Maximise the potential for practical partnerships between our respective memberships, within a framework of high-quality standards that drives the professionalism of all employability support and enhances the skills and employment prospects of learners, trained and supported by GMLPN members;
  • Work together on strategic partnerships with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Education and Skills Funding Agency and DWP to raise the profile of our respective memberships, and to seek to influence both national and local commissioners of appropriate funding streams;
  • Support the development of the Employability Apprenticeship Trailblazer, and disseminate the new Standards across our joint memberships;
  • Seek national joint representation on areas of mutual interest with GMCA, Department for Education, ESFA, DWP and the Institute for Apprenticeships;

Andy continued “The vast majority of the 100 training organisations in our network have colleagues who are providing both careers and employment guidance and the aspiration is to raise the quality of support they provide to their learners. Working with the IEP we hope to encourage people to join the organisation and to become actively involved and also we are very keen to encourage take up of the new Apprenticeship Standard as part of our collective effort to raise the overall capacity and capability of the skills and employment training system here 

We were delighted to welcome Scott Parkin FIEP to our recent network meetings during which we launched our Memorandum of Understanding and we look forward to working ever more closely with the Institute.”in GM.  

Scott Parkin FIEP, Chief Executive of IEP said “We are delighted to be working in partnership with GMLPN to progress our agreed objectives.  GMLPN’s vision and values are closely aligned to our own and, like us, they are committed to supporting skills providers to enhance the quality of employability and vocational skills training in order to achieve better outcomes for individuals, employers and communities.”

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Posted By Heather Ette, 25 April 2019

Great Discussion and Debate at the Manchester Dinner

The IEP Fellows Networking Dinners continue to go from strength to strength with our latest dinner in Manchester, kindly supported by Standguide, welcoming an amazing 19 guests who came together to share ideas, thoughts and discuss all things employability. 

Here’s some feedback from our guests:

“I would like to thank the group for inviting me to attend as a non-Fellow Member.  It was great to be with likeminded people with powerful messages that want a voice to enable the employability and skills sector to continue to make a difference in assisting in transforming lives in our local communities within this forever changing industry.”
Shirley Williams, Development Director, PHX Training Ltd

“It was an incredibly uplifting evening with thoroughly enjoyable conversation. I decided to absorb all of the concerns and subsequent ambitions and desires of ‘wouldn’t it be great’ that were so honestly shared around the table. I always find the table placement for myself is incredibly on point, for that I extend further thanks. 

The whole evening really helped me as we come into our third year of trading, all of the points surrounding a ‘system’ for smooth process for our customers was brilliant, as that was one of the directions we have always been sure would show excellence in our industry, and we have already started building.”

Sam Siswick, Chief Strategy Officer, Jobskilla

The IEP Fellows Networking Dinners are open to Fellows, aspiring Fellows, sector leaders and anyone else that has an interest in delivering services that change lives.  We have a programme of Fellows Dinner’s planned for the remainder of the year with our next taking place at Piccolino’s in London which is kindly supported by JGA Group. To book your ticket click here

For those of you that have been to one of our dinners before you will know how engaging they are through the excellent hosting of Patrick Hughes FIEP and what a great opportunity they are to network and make new business relationships. 

There are still some sponsorship opportunities available for these events which offer a value for money opportunity to network with peers in a less formal setting and to discuss the ‘hot topics’ of the day.  Please email heather@iemployability.org to find out more.

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