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Posted By Administration, 4 hours ago

IEP Welcomes Jon Smith CMgr FCMI FIEP as our latest Fellow

The IEP are pleased to welcome Jon Smith CMgr FCMI FIEP, Head of Operations (Work and Health) at Shaw Trust, as our latest Fellow.

Speaking of his Fellowship Jon said "I am delighted to have been made a Fellow of the IEP. I believe that everyone has the right to receive the support they need to realise their full potential and I absolutely recognise the link between meaningful employment and health.

Our sector has an immense wealth of experience and expertise, with each of us having the responsibility to promote the excellent work we do day after day, to help people of all ages and backgrounds to unlock their hidden talents and discover their true worth.

Our role can be hugely challenging, but I believe there is no more rewarding outcome than seeing an individual reach the height of their own capability. Through    increased collaboration between service providers, I firmly believe that we can help to shape the future of our sector and collectively find solutions to the challenges that lie ahead, in an ever-evolving commissioning environment."

Executive Chairman Scott Parkin FIEP said “I’m really pleased to welcome Jon to IEP Fellowship. Jon has held many positions within the sector over a 13 year career, firstly holding a number of front line roles including adviser, recruitment officer, key worker, tutor and training officer. He is very highly regarded having also held senior management positions in private and third sector organisations, leading large teams across the employability, learning and skills, education and justice sectors.  I’m really pleased that he’s become our latest IEP Fellow and welcome him to the fold.”


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Posted By Administration, 14 September 2018

IEP AGM 2018

Boosting earning power and progression in-work

The IEP are looking forward to welcoming Mike Hawking, Acting Policy and Research Manager (Cities and Inclusive Growth) at Joseph Rowntree Foundation, to our Annual General Meeting in October.  Mike will be delivering our keynote speech, discussing the government’s industrial strategy and how it sets twin aims to boost productivity and earning power across the UK.

IEP Executive Chairman Scott Parkin FIEP said “We are delighted that Mike will be presenting again at our AGM this year to bring the latest thinking and insight from JRF and provide ideas for action. Mike will talk about ways the government are working with LEPs and combined authorities across England to develop local industrial strategies that will provide a policy framework for a wide variety of services and funding - including the Shared Prosperity Fund. His presentation will explore how employability professionals can engage in this, and how priorities, such as supporting in-work progression, can be established.”

The AGM takes place on Thursday 11 October 2018, 16:00 – 19:00, Churchgate House, Manchester.

As well as the keynote speech from Mike we have an exciting and interactive workshop from Emma Southern at the Princes Trust, give aways from our sponsors, CogniSoft and Jobskilla, and lots to eat and drink so why not follow the link below to get your FREE ticket and share with your colleagues so they do not miss out.




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IEP Elections 2018 - Register Your Vote

Posted By Heather Ette, 06 September 2018

IEP Elections 2018  - VOTE NOW!

The nominations are in, use your VOTE NOW

We are delighted by the amazing response to our request for ‘nominations’ to stand for the IEP Board this year. 7 Members have answered the call, and are now your Candidates, all looking to support the IEP Board over the next three years.  The breadth of experience and diversity of people who want to represent their Institute and contribute to the future of our profession is really exciting and we look forward to an interesting and engaging election.

This election provides the IEP with an excellent opportunity to involve a growing number of influential figures, operating at many levels, who are keen to offer their commitment and dedication to improve and enhance what the IEP does and to influence future strategic plans.  Many of the Candidates have worked on the ‘frontline’ over the course of their careers and are from a wide range of organisations including prime contractors, independent providers, subcontractors, charities and also those that work across various sectors helping to increase the reach of the IEP.

We are genuinely excited about the possibilities and benefits this brings to the IEP, and you as Members, and we encourage you to register your VOTE as soon as you can. The voting process couldn’t be simpler and it should take no more than 2 minutes to use that VOTE!

Deadline for VOTING closes at NOON on Friday 21st September

Please follow the link here to read the Candidate's Biographies, Election Statements and to register your VOTE.

You can VOTE for up to five [5] candidates in this Election.

 Please note that you must be an Associate, Member or Fellow of the IEP to VOTE in this Election. If you are not, and want to VOTE, you will have to upgrade your Membership.


IEP Membership

If you wish to become a Member of the IEP and acquire voting rights, please  visit this page and register  to join the Institute. 

If you work for an IEP Corporate Affiliate Partner, use promo code Election3 to receive a £17.00 discount on your Membership.

Existing individuals supported by IEPinfo can upgrade their subscription and become Individual Members and acquire voting rights via the “Pay my Membership” page.

Read the Candidate's Biographies, Election Statements and Register your Vote NOW

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IEP AGM 2018

Posted By Heather Ette, 06 September 2018

This is not just any AGM…

…this is an IEP AGM


-       Learn about products and solutions that help you to do your job more effectively

-       Hear from industry experts and key influencers about issues that are shaping and affecting our profession

-       Meet your new elected Board Members

-       Share your voice

And if all this isn’t enough, there’s FREE prosecco, beer, soft drinks and nibbles!

Decisions are taken at the AGM that affect your future.  It’s the main IEP event of the year and an opportunity for you to meet with colleagues and peers in your profession. 

With so much on offer, why wouldn’t you come?  We’d love to see you there!

Thu 11 October 2018  |  16:00 – 19:00  |  Manchester



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Register Your Vote NOW!

Posted By Heather Ette, 05 September 2018
Updated: 14 September 2018

Institute of Employability Professionals Elections 2018

Deadline for voting closes at NOON on Friday 21st September

The Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP) is first and foremost a membership organisation. Its Members and Fellows can participate in a number of ways but it's especially important to get involved in deciding who runs the IEP on a day to day basis, and sets its strategy. As you will probably know, that's the IEP Board. You can read more about the make-up of the current Board here. Every year a number of Directors complete their term of office and stand down and IEP Members have the chance to stand for election as a Board Member; and to vote in the election as well.

This year there are five [5] vacancies on the board and we have seven [7] candidates for you to choose from. You can vote for up to five[5] candidates in this election.

Please read the Candidate’s Profiles and Election Statements below and use the link here to register your vote.



Candidate’s Profiles and Election Statements



Greg Bate MIEP, Seetec


Established over 30 years ago to provide training to local unemployed people, Seetec has grown to become one of the UK’s leading providers of services to the public and private sector. Originally founded as a registered charity, and employee-owned, Seetec has a strong commitment to delivering social value. Part of my role at Seetec involves identifying opportunities where we can add value to local communities and we have just been awarded a Bronze 2018 GM Social Value Award in recognition of the time dedicated towards a great cause.

Seetec provide opportunities and support to people from all walks of life empowering them to shape their own future. These opportunities are created through strong partnership work within local communities. My role at Seetec is Senior Operational Partnership Manager. Within my role at Seetec I sit on the work and skills partnership networks/meetings for all 10 of GM local authorities. I am also an active member of the GM Chamber of Commerce, the GM Youth Network, GM APPG, GM Post 16 CEIAG network, GM EAP Provider network and the Economic Scrutiny Committee. Benefiting from these strong relationships with this wide network of partners, Seetec can help maximise people’s work opportunities and help them secure sustained employment.

Seetec have done a lot of work with the IEP and we are currently working in partnership with the IEP on the new Employability Practitioner Apprenticeship Trailblazer.


Election Statement

With over 10 years sector experience, and prior to that 7 years of recruitment experience, I can bring a wealth of employability skills and knowledge to the IEP Board. Having worked my way up through Seetec, I have done most jobs within the employability sector and therefore I will be able to relate to everyone and see things from lots of different perspectives which will enable me to provide well rounded and balanced advice and guidance on all types of employability queries. My current role at Seetec is to develop partnerships across the North West so I will be able to provide the IEP with additional exposure across Greater Manchester and the North West providing a range of different opportunities to the Board.

I am also Board Member of BW3, which is a social enterprise network of over 200 local businesses that volunteer time and resources to support economic and social regeneration in South Manchester by working in partnership with schools, colleges, community organisations and other businesses. So, I have previous experience of being a Board Member and can bring this experience to the IEP Board.

I also chair the quarterly ERSA GM Employment support network meeting and can therefore provide vital links between the IEP and ERSA.

I recently hosted the Manchester Council Central Employment Support Forum, which is a Manchester City Council led network meeting. And I am currently working with the IEP Board to arrange a Greater Manchester IEP networking event, which I will host in Manchester.

I have vast experience of chairing quarterly meetings, signing off minutes and monitoring the delivery of action points.

I would be honoured to become a Board Member of the IEP.


Gemma Bramley MIEP, Education Development Trust


I am employed by Education Development Trust as a Business Improvement Manager overseeing CPD, training, marketing, communication, PR and social media activity. As a member of the Careers and Employability Leadership Team I contribute to the business improvement strategy, evaluate, monitor and report on performance against key performance indicators and standards of quality across each element of the careers and employability portfolio.

We have first-rate credentials in providing services that bridge the gap between education, training and employment. We have been a leading careers service provider in the UK for over 20 years and have a successful track record of managing programmes delivering careers, employment and skills support. We are prime contractors for the National Careers Service in two regions of England, in our most recent Ofsted inspected we were graded outstanding.

I have extensive experience of post-16 education and work-based learning programmes, supporting learners and organisations in a delivery and managerial capacity to achieve sustainable employment opportunities. For nine years I worked for a local training provider in Sunderland supporting the delivery of Apprenticeship, Entry to Employment and Foundation Learning programmes for young people and adults to aid their progression in education, training and employment. As the Head of Centre, I was the nominee for Ofsted and managed quality and compliance for all aspects of delivery, this included creating the annual SAR and QIP.

In 2013 I joined Sunderland Foundation of Light as a Head of Curriculum for World of Work. I managed a range of programmes, aiming to increase employability skills, including study programmes, Durham Works, adult skills-based courses in partnership with JCPs and Premier League Works. During my time with the Foundation I represented provider networks working with local authorities to reduce the number of NEET young people and increase engagement in employability provision for adults.


Election Statement

I am passionate about creating opportunities for people to achieve their full potential and believe good career information, advice and guidance should be at the heart of education, training and employability programmes.  Participating in the employee group for the Employability Practitioner Standard has created the opportunity for like-minded organisations across employability and careers to work together. I would like to continue to promote the work of the IEP through the work of Education Development Trust.


Laura Busfield MIEP, Renaisi 


Renaisi is a social enterprise committed to sparking change in society so that more people without access to opportunity can live the lives that they choose.  What makes us unique is the fact that we combine two things in one business: we deliver employment support, advice, connection and engagement services to individuals to help them overcome barriers to progression, and we help social organisations, charities and institutions to deliver greater impact through our consultancy services. We then generate new insights and learning from across our work with a range of people and organisations to think differently about how to support places well.

I have been Renaisi’s Services Director since 2016 having previously held the positions of Head of Employment and Training Programmes and Programme Manager. I am responsible for the strategic direction of our services including design and development, implementation, delivery and performance of our programmes. I have extensive experience in delivering front line employability programmes, having worked on a variety of contracts funded by DWP, ESF, SFA and The Big Lottery, including; The Work Programme, ESF Troubled Families, SFA Adult Skills and SSU, ESF Older Workers and more recently the design and implementation of project RISE, a service designed specifically to support Refugees and Asylum seekers across ten boroughs in North and East London.  I have led Renaisi’s employment provision through a significant period of growth, from delivery across three boroughs, to now delivering a range of specially designed programmes to a wide variety of unemployed participants in over fifteen London boroughs.  Prior to my time at Renaisi I have worked as a Team Leader and Employment Adviser for Reed in Partnership.


Election Statement

Having held a number of different roles in the employability sector over the last 10 years, I’m very much aware of the impact that the changes to the sector in recent years has had on front line delivery teams.  As a Director I still take a very hands-on approach within Renaisi which I think is important to understand the current issues, not only affecting the individuals that we support and how we continually adapt our service to the needs of complex caseloads, but also understanding the challenging environment that our delivery teams are working in to support those individuals.

Having developed my career within the third sector, I have first-hand experience of successfully overcoming some of the challenges faced from both a social and commercial perspective, to be able to perform at the highest level.  I’m a big believer in working collaboratively, capacity building and shared learning which is why I think that the work that the IEP continue to do is so important in achieving greater collaboration both within sector and cross sector, which ultimately enables organisations to deliver a good quality holistic service, that achieves the best possible outcomes for the individuals that we support. 

I bring a genuine desire to see individuals overcome barriers to progression and am passionate about making sure that organisations and front-line teams within organisations have the right tools, knowledge and opportunities to succeed. This all starts with the recognition of front line advisers and the continuous personal development of our teams. With this in mind, I believe I would be a great fit for the IEP.


Una Davis MIEP, Papworth Trust


I have worked in the Employability sector for 24 years managing many and various DWP contracts over this period mostly across the East of England.  I am currently the Senior Business Manager at Papworth Trust and have been in this role for 8 years.  I am responsible for a team of 30 overseeing and directing the performance delivery of 5 employment contracts across East Midlands and East of England. Whilst at Papworth Trust I have been involved in developing employability within the Trust and have had the opportunity to be involved from the bid stage to implementation of contracts.  I have also and had the opportunity to develop a number of in house pilots to support disabled customers to progress into employment.

Papworth Trust is a charity with over 100 years of history, delivering 4 key services; Housing, Care, Day services and Employment. The mission to support disabled people to have equality, choice and independence is as strong today as it was when the charity was founded.

During my professional career I have progressed from front line Adviser roles to spending the last 18 years in a management capacity delivering and performance managing contracts. I have had teams of various sizes working for me whom I have supported, developed and achieved excellent outcomes with. I am passionate about the work that we do and I enjoy keeping a hands-on approach working with customers and staff. 

I am passionate in supporting and developing my team members to flourish within the industry and through regular 1to1’s and group workshops, I share ‘best practice’ introduce new ideas and listen to my team in regards to what is important to them. I have keenly supported the IEP over many years and encouraged all team members to take up Membership and to be involved and to use the resources available.  I currently represent Papworth Trust at the Corporate Affiliate Partners meeting.


Election Statement

As a ‘hands-on’ Manager I am aware of the challenges facing front line staff. Having worked in the employability sector for 24 years, in both the private and Charity sector, I have an extensive understanding of the skills and experience needed to achieve the best possible outcomes for the customers we deliver to. Both past and present programmes such as Work Choice and the Work and Health programme have given me the understanding of both the personal and professional qualities that we need to deliver the best outcomes. I also recognise what is required to enhance existing skills and promote progression.

 I am motivated to help the people who work in our industry to achieve the most they can and I believe IEP can support this through offering the right tools and support including professional development and qualifications.

I am committed to sharing and developing the wealth of learning I have gathered through my operational experience firstly as an Adviser and then subsequently as a Manager which would enable me to make a positive contribution to the IEP board. As an active Member of the Corporate Affiliate Partners meeting I have a good understanding of the Board’s current key areas of strategic focus and the good work done so far which I feel I can further contribute to.

In closing my passion, enthusiasm and knowledge will provide the Board with a Member who is committed to the aims of the IEP and who can contribute to improving the professional development of the work force in this sector.


Andrew Gunter-Smith FIEP FIoD CertEd


My career has involved working for several Organisations at Senior/Director Level in the Training, Skills, Employability and Careers sector. I am taking up a new Director post on October 1st which brings together my experience and broad skill set acquired over the last 10 years working in Skills, Training, Welfare to Work, Careers and Employability. My new post will involve working with Organisations to build and develop initiatives and support mechanisms which best serve current and future need of a challenging sector.

Prior to my career in this sector I built several successful businesses from concept to sale in retail, service and wholesale within the event management sector. I did this in my twenties to early thirties and post-sale established my current career path with my first role as a Self-Employment Adviser. I progressed into contract management, business development and onto senior posts thereafter.

I have worked across multiple complex sectors in operational, strategic and business/contract development roles. This has afforded me the opportunity to understand the complexities and difficulties which we all strive to overcome to deliver profitable, meaningful and socially beneficial contracts. The transition from working for larger organisations to smaller niche business has also provided insightful and developed new skill sets.

I consider my career to be built on a foundation of commercial and entrepreneurial skills coupled with a social conscience through roles which helped me understand the difficulties we face as a sector and individual businesses. I have served as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of a small training organisation and supported their transition when subsumed by a larger business.  I have worked in London, the South West and Nationally in giving me insight to the geographical differences facing the same business/sector.


Election Statement

My career has afforded me many great opportunities to develop a broad range of professional and personal skills having worked in strategic, operational and delivery roles to support the work and contracts we all strive to deliver to the best of our ability. My personal approach has always been to place the customer at the heart of the business while also trying to make a positive social impact.

My skill set ranges from a good working knowledge of contract implementation through to financial planning and managing diverse and geographically challenged teams. I have (in my humble opinion) a well-balanced approach to business development, relationship building and understanding the needs of those with whom I work. These skills along with a good solid understanding of the sector we work in, will, I believe provide support and a positive contribution to the ongoing development and direction of the IEP which aims to support us all.

The first half of my career involved building and developing two businesses, which has provided an education and understanding of the complexities of ‘simply surviving’ while building a solid foundation for growth. I aim to provide positive support, thoughts and ideas – possibly challenge and develop new ways of thinking, when appropriate. Ultimately, I wish to make a positive contribution and input as one part of the IEP Board, whose focus is to secure the future of the Member organisations and sector. I will bring together all my working, practical and strategic knowledge to achieve this in the way which best serves the IEP.

Thank you for reading this far. Should I be elected to the Board of the IEP I will undertake my duties with the due diligence and professionalism expected and would hope to make a difference.


David Royle FIEP, Reed in Partnership


I am currently an Operations Manager for Reed in Partnership and my role consists of managing all aspects of performance, both statistical and financial, quality and compliance for the Work and Health Programme across West Yorkshire, specifically Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds and Wakefield. I am also the Self-Employment lead for Reed in Partnership's internal Direct Delivery which covers 11 offices in the North East CPA.

I am also on the Board, as a Non-Executive Director, for two Innovation Centres which are subsidiaries of an anti-poverty social enterprise.

Prior to joining Reed in Partnership in December 2017 I was the Performance and Quality Director at Standguide Ltd and my role consisted of managing performance and quality of all Standguide's current contracts across Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Central England, South and West Yorkshire. These contracts include; The Work Programme (PeoplePlus, Seetec & Serco), DWP ESF contracts (Pluss & REED), SFA Enterprise, SSW, SSR, SSU & IAG NEET contracts (Calderdale College, Learn Direct, Skills Training UK & Serco), DWP's NEA contract, AEB contract (Learn Direct), JCP's FSF provision (JSA, ESA, ESOL & Digital Upskilling), JCP's Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) provision and Standguide's internal Self-Employment provision.

As a member of Standguide's Senior Management Team I was also heavily involved in driving forward Standguide's strategic aims and objectives, including;

• Sales and Marketing strategy

• HR and Recruitment

• Supporting with the analysis and implementation of the annual Company Business Plan


Election Statement

Having been a member of the IEP for a number of years I was very proud to recently become a Fellow. I know first-hand what a fantastic organisation the IEP is, but more importantly I know that there is more that can be done to promote and showcase the excellent support the IEP can offer those who work in the Employability and Skills arena.

I have worked in the sector for almost 10 years, successfully managing all manner of Employability and Skills programmes and therefore have a proactive, yet realistic view of the challenges that the sector currently faces, and more importantly will face.

Being a Board Member of the IEP will allow me to work with other passionate and like-minded individuals and organisations to discuss key Employability and Skills topics, thus allowing the IEP to shape the future for the better.

I’m a very keen networker and would relish the opportunity to build stronger IEP communities and networks, again highlighting the excellent work and support that the IEP offers. The IEP has been of invaluable support to me during my career to date and becoming a Member of the Board would allow me to begin to give something back to those who want to forge a successful career within the Employability and Skills sector.

Thanks in advance for voting for me, your support is greatly appreciated.



Jon Smith MIEP, Shaw Trust Group


I have worked in the employment related services sector for over 13 years, firstly holding a number of front-line roles including adviser, recruitment officer, key worker, tutor and training officer. Over the last decade I have held senior management positions in three organisations, both private and third sector, leading large teams to deliver over 50 different contracts across the welfare to work, education and skills and justice sectors.

I started at Shaw Trust in 2013 and have spent the last five years leading Work Programme, Work Choice and offender management contracts across the UK. Shaw Trust is a national charity, helping to transform the lives of one million young people and adults each year by 2022. Our 3500 staff and 1400 volunteers work across the UK and internationally, supporting people to develop their potential and live independently.

Our specialist services help people gain an education, develop their career, improve their health and wellbeing or rebuild their lives. Shaw Trust Group is now one of the largest charities in the UK. Comprising Shaw Trust, Prospects, Ixion and Shaw Education Trust.

In my current role as Head of Operations, I am responsible for all Work and Health Programme delivery across Central England, Home Counties and West London, as well as a number of employment pilots and projects. I lead a team of around 300 staff and a diverse supply chain of over 30 partners.

I am passionate about people development, social inclusion and equality and diversity.


Election Statement

I have a wealth of experience supporting large teams to deliver outstanding results. I am a values driven individual who focuses on developing others to realise their full potential, whilst striving for continuous quality improvement. I am proficient at leading organisational change, whilst building relationships with key stakeholders and being able to engage, negotiate with and influence people at all levels.

I am able to plan and execute projects to meet agreed objectives, to facilitate collaborative working and to challenge where necessary in order to deliver transformative change.

I am passionate about helping others and delivering social impact and I have a number of commercial and political contacts that could add value to the work of the Institute.

I have a good sense of humour and enjoy working as part of a team and I understand the challenges currently facing the employability services sector, although firmly believe that I can support the Board to find innovative solutions to overcome these.



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IEP Elections 2018

Posted By Heather Ette, 31 July 2018
Updated: 08 August 2018

Your IEP Needs You!

The Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP) is first and foremost a membership organisation. Its Members can participate in a number of ways but it's especially important to get involved in deciding who runs the IEP on a day to day basis, and sets its strategy for the future. As you will probably know that's the IEP Board and you can read more about the make-up of the current Board here. Every year a number of Directors complete their term of office and stand down and you have the chance to stand for election as a Board Member; and to vote in the election yourself.

This year there are going to be four (4) vacancies on the Board so we want a good number of candidates to come forward and we really want those candidates to come from a wide range of backgrounds; Please note you MUST be an IEP Member, Associate or Fellow to stand for election. We would particularly welcome candidates from frontline delivery and frontline management roles and from a whole range of organisations to stand for election. If you are not a current member of the IEP you can upgrade here.

If you want to stand here's how the process works:

1.     Complete the Nomination form here to confirm that you wish to stand for election and to inform us of how your skills or experience would contribute to the Board’s work. Your completed application must be submitted to by midday on Friday 31 August;

2.     During the first week in September we will put all received candidate’s statements together with a link to our voting form and will send this out electronically to all Associates, Members and Fellows of the IEP. All votes must be completed by midday on Friday 21 September. Any votes cast after this time will not be counted.

3.     Representatives of the IEP Board and IEP Executive Team will count the votes during the week of 24 September and notify successful and unsuccessful candidates, in confidence, at the start of October;

4.     The new Directors will be formally announced at the IEP AGM on 11 October, and in Employability Professional (EP) shortly after.

It's not a difficult or painful process to stand for election. No speeches are required! and being on the Board is great development experience. It's a really good way of helping steer the IEP, and getting involved in some fascinating projects and activities. If you do decide to stand good luck, but above all, whether or not you stand do please vote: it's your Board and your IEP.   

Kind regards


Scott Parkin FIEP

Executive Chairman

Institute of Employability Professionals



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Posted By Heather Ette, 25 July 2018

Bringing you our new style Jobs Board

Following the relaunch of our website and the introduction of our new SocialLink app for IEP Members, we are pleased to announce our new Jobs Board design.

The IEP Jobs Board has benefited from a facelift to complement our fresh new look, and it’s full of exciting opportunities from our diverse sector.

Each week, you will find new job vacancies from the wider employability profession, helping you to progress in your career and broaden your horizons. Check out the latest opportunities at

Scott Parkin FIEP, IEP Executive Chairman commented; “We are delighted to be bringing you more updates to improve our service to IEP Members.  Our sector is constantly changing and developing and with that brings many new and exciting opportunities for Members to enhance and progress their careers. The IEP Jobs Board also provides employers from all areas of the employability sector employing skilled practitioners, from employment advisers to work coaches, housing advisers to care workers, and career coaches to probation officers, to reach a dedicated network of employability professionals. It’s a great place for organisations who are serious about employing skilled practitioners to reach out and to retain this talent for the future.

“Career Progression is at the very heart of what we champion at the IEP and we are dedicated to investing in professional development to help our Members progress in a wide variety of roles. We are delighted to be relaunching our new and improved Jobs Board to reflect our belief that we should empower individuals to build upon their skills to face new challenges that will lead to better services for customers and better outcomes.”

Accessing your Jobs Board is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

1. Simply visit, or select “Jobs Board” under the Career Progression Tab at

2. If you wish to post a job you can sign in using your IEP Member or IEPinfo associated email address and password.

 3. If this is your first time on the site, you may have to reset your password using the ‘Forgot Your Password option.

You can now:

  • Search using keywords and apply to the best employability jobs at organisations that value your credentials.

For further details on all of the fantastic ways to use the IEP Jobs Board check out YM Careers’ Job seeker manual


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From the Top

Posted By Heather Ette, 20 July 2018


Employer Engagement in Employment Projects


IEP Fellow, David Imber FIEP, delivered a presentation at the recent Employment & Skills Convention outlining the IEP’s proposal for the Project entitled ‘Employer Engagement in Employment Projects’.

David, Principal of VRC Ltd, a specialist employment consultancy, was received by a packed audience at the event who came to hear about the project which involves research and testing of specialist training on how to engage employers for those employment and vocational learning  services working with disadvantaged people.  The training will include an online resource and an installation guide for best practice creating a ’Blueprint’ for employer engagement, aimed at Public Employment Services and employability practitioners with the purpose of contributing to the increase of quality work experience and work-based learning. It also aims to build better relationships with employers and improves employers’ contributions to VET, apprenticeship and the recruitment of unemployed people.

The evidence about work placement and employer involvement in Employment and VET Programmes points to potential improvements in rates of employment, success in VET courses and apprenticeships and the greater ability of employers to employ disadvantaged people, with reduced ‘bad practices’ in work placements.

Partners form the EU involved in the project have 10 years + successful history of EU funded projects in this field and are drawn from a wide range of EU countries:

VRC Ltd (UK), Action Plus (Greece), Trexima (Slovakia) MMC (Cyprus) and numerous employability organisations here in the UK including, Ingeus, MAXIMUS People Services, Remploy, Shaw Trust, Working Links to name a few.

We are looking to start this project in the summer and want to engage with as many partners as possible so if you engage with employers please let us known how you do it.

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Posted By Heather Ette, 13 July 2018

Introducing IEP’s New SocialLink – Keeping you connected to your Member Community wherever you are!

Following the successful launch of our new website last week we are delighted to announce an exciting development in the IEP’s offering to our Membership.  Our new Social Link functionality is brought to you via the IEP’s website and as a mobile app, downloadable from Google Play or App Store, making it easy to connect and engage with other professionals in the IEP community. 

With Social Link you can quickly access and share relevant content and information with a tap of your finger on your smartphone or tablet, always making the most of your Membership experience by:

  • Connecting with members
  • Engaging in discussions
  • Receiving instant community updates with in-app alerts and push notifications
  • Exploring new job opportunities
  • Growing your profile

There is real value in connecting with a wide range of like-minded people and points of commonality, including professional training, expertise, experience, and a similar world view. These are the core values that are integral to the IEP’s Membership offer and we are committed to helping you develop new relationships, further your career and improve your professional standing. Through the IEP’s online community of Members you can connect with peers and colleagues, make new contacts and participate more widely in your profession.

SocialLink is a hugely beneficial addition to the IEP service for our Members and we encourage all Members to make full use of its functionality; from posting and sharing your news and updates to calling for suggestions about how to address a challenge or questioning and engaging with other IEP Members.   The Social Link mobile app even enables you to stay connected while out and about, accessing and experiencing all the great things about IEP Membership wherever you are via internet access direct from your mobile phone or tablet.

So, why not log in now and get the conversation started?

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Posted By Heather Ette, 06 July 2018

IEP Launch New Website for Employability Day

One of the most important things to us at the IEP is the experience our customers have when accessing our services.  That’s why we felt it was the right time to review and improve our website at to ensure that it meets the needs of all the people in our sector and fully complimented the improvements we continue to make to our services. 
We have spent a considerable amount of time working on this development, including gaining feedback from the sector, so that we get this right.  Our goal was to produce a fresh, clean and easy to use site that clearly displays the IEP services and provides a positive user experience for every Member, whatever their needs, and we hope you like it.  As an Institute we continue to evolve with the changing needs of people in our sector and the new website forms a significant part of this.  As always, we welcome any feedback from our Members as it’s your input that continues to drive our improvements.
If you haven’t had a chance to view the new website yet please do have a look and if you’re a Member please log in and check out your new Member Dashboard, it’s got lots more to offer and we’re really excited about the possibilities it offers our Members.  We’ve got loads more to tell you about our new Social Link functionality that makes it easy to connect and engage with professionals in your community, even from your smartphone.  We’ll tell you more about this in coming weeks so watch this space!

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