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Personal and Professional Development

Posted By Heather Ette, 12 June 2019

Helping professionals talk to people about work and cancer

MacMillan Cancer Support have launched a Work Support Route Guide to help people with cancer feel prepared to talk about work and to help professionals support people living with cancer with work-related concerns and signpost people to further sources of support. View the Support Guide here http://be.macmillan.org.uk/Downloads/CancerInformation/WorkAndCancer/MAC13538ENGRoute-guidelowresPDF20190313.pdf

In addition, the Macmillan Essential work and cancer toolkit offers free resources to help employers to manage cancer in the workplace.  To access these you just need to sign up to Macmillan at Work.  As well as having the opportunity to order up to 5 toolkits, you’ll also get full access to MacMillan’s support programme for employers, which includes free resources and regular updates by e-newsletter. Once you’ve signed up, you will also be eligible to book one of their specialist training sessions.

MacMillan also have a wider range of resources for people affected by cancer and an e-learning course Can we talk about work? which you may find useful. Click here for details https://learnzone.org.uk/courses/course.php?id=85

 

 

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Personal and Professional Development

Posted By Heather Ette, 08 August 2018

Great Turnout for the IEP Manchester Networking Event

The IEP were delighted to welcome a busy and engaged audience to our Networking event last week which was held at the Manchester Arndale Centre.

Attendees were treated to a packed agenda led by David Imber FIEP from VRC who delivered a presentation on the skills required to deliver Employability services to Migrants and Refugees. The Perspective Project has worked with counsellors for migrants and refugees in France, Germany, Greece and the UK and have devised a training programme to build delegates employment advice skills and have now tested it in a comparative study of trained and non-trained advisers. Results of the Perspective Programme and training will be available to Members in the IEP Knowledge Bank soon.

IEP Board Director Pat Russell MIEP delivered a session about the Luton Partnership Model, discussing successful relationships for successful delivery and developing ‘Advisers of the Future’; highlighting the increasing levels of demand for expertise and capability in employability professionals in order to help those with complex and intensive support needs into employment.

Standguide’s Business Managers Ben Monks and Aaron Leece gave an overview of Standguide, their current delivery partnerships and specialist areas in regards to Mental Health, 50+, Lone Parents. They also gave an overview of their current standings in regards to performance on contracts.

The presentations were followed by an hour’s networking for which attendees provided some great feedback:

‘Another great networking event by the IEP. A great opportunity to meet new and old colleagues who share the same passion and enthusiasm for the Employability & Skills sector. As always, I left the event with fresh ideas and new approaches to the challenges we face. I'm already looking forward to the next event.’ 
David Royle FIEP, Operations Manager, Better Working Futures West Yorkshire, Reed in Partnership 

I thought it went very well with new introductions being made and some new faces were made very welcome.  Hopefully their first taste of an IEP event will inspire them to now become members.  I’m looking forward to the next one hopefully in Lancashire.’

Garry Murray MIEP, Employer Engagement Coordinator, Standguide 

‘The event was really useful and informative. The presentations from colleagues in the sector brought new learning and ideas to the forum and it was great to get chance to network and re-establish existing relationships as well as creating new ones.’

Naomi Ilagoswa, Partnership & Integration Manager, The Growth Company

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Personal and Professional Development

Posted By Heather Ette, 08 August 2018

Great Turnout for the IEP Manchester Networking Event

The IEP were delighted to welcome a busy and engaged audience to our Networking event last week which was held at the Manchester Arndale Centre.

Attendees were treated to a packed agenda led by David Imber FIEP from VRC who delivered a presentation on the skills required to deliver Employability services to Migrants and Refugees. The Perspective Project has worked with counsellors for migrants and refugees in France, Germany, Greece and the UK and have devised a training programme to build delegates employment advice skills and have now tested it in a comparative study of trained and non-trained advisers. Results of the Perspective Programme and training will be available to Members in the IEP Knowledge Bank soon.

IEP Board Director Pat Russell MIEP delivered a session about the Luton Partnership Model, discussing successful relationships for successful delivery and developing ‘Advisers of the Future’, highlighting the increasing levels of demand for expertise and capability in employability professionals in order to help those with complex and intensive support needs into employment.

Standguide’s Business Managers Ben Monks and Aaron Leece gave an overview of Standguide, their current delivery partnerships and specialist areas in regards to Mental Health, 50+, Lone Parents. They also gave an overview of their current standings in regards to performance on contracts.

The presentations were followed by an hour’s networking for which attendees provided some great feedback:

‘Another great networking event by the IEP. A great opportunity to meet new and old colleagues who share the same passion and enthusiasm for the Employability & Skills sector. As always, I left the event with fresh ideas and new approaches to the challenges we face. I'm already looking forward to the next event.’ 
David Royle FIEP, Operations Manager, Better Working Futures West Yorkshire, Reed in Partnership 

I thought it went very well with new introductions being made and some new faces were made very welcome.  Hopefully their first taste of an IEP event will inspire them to now become members.  I’m looking forward to the next one hopefully in Lancashire.’

Garry Murray MIEP, Employer Engagement Coordinator, Standguide 

‘The event was really useful and informative. The presentations from colleagues in the sector brought new learning and ideas to the forum and it was great to get chance to network and re-establish existing relationships as well as creating new ones.’

Naomi Ilagoswa, Partnership & Integration Manager, The Growth Company

 

 

 

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Personal and Professional Development

Posted By Heather Ette, 08 August 2018

Luton Partnership Undertake Level 3 ESS Award

The Salvation Army Employment Plus in partnership with The Salvation Army School for In Service Training and Development (SISTAD) ran a programme to deliver the Level 3 ESS Award for 13 delegates from the Luton Partnership Programme. 

The training, which took place from 31st July to 2nd August, was led by Tutors Judith Jeffery MIEP, Learning and Development Officer SISTAD and Rebecca Keating MIEP, Director, The Salvation Army Employment Plus and covered two modules – Delivering Customer Service in the Employability Service Sector and Understanding the Employability Service Sector.

Once the assignments are submitted and verified all delegates will receive a Level 3 ESS Award from ABC Awards which will be presented at an Awards Ceremony later in the year.

Tutor Rebecca Keating MIEP saidIt was a diverse group of learners, working in every corner of the employability sector, supporting every part of the job seeker journey. Everyone worked very hard and gave 100%. The level of knowledge and expertise in the room was exceptional. We all learnt a tremendous amount from each other and the passion and commitment to learning was outstanding. I am excited to see the assignments once they are submitted’.

Delegate Beth Timms MIEP from Mind said ‘I feel that it has legitimised my work as an employability specialist and helped me to understand the sector as a whole. The three days were very enjoyable and felt that we jelled very well as a group especially when working in pairs and in small groups. We will now continue to work together in the future which will ultimately help the participants we are all working with in Luton.’

Joy Surridge MIEP from Noah Enterprises said ‘This course gave me the opportunity to reflect on best practice and identify the areas of our work in which we excel, and opportunities to develop and tailor our service further. I left feeling thankful that I am able to work in a sector in which I can personally make a difference and it was fantastic to share thoughts and ideas with others in the group. The most valuable part of the experience was getting to know people who work in other local employment agencies as I am sure that the relationships that we developed together will help to streamline the experience of those using employability services in Luton as a whole’.

 

 

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Personal and Professional Development

Posted By Heather Ette, 03 August 2018

Networking and Learning Comes to Luton

 

Well it may have been the hottest day of the year so far but that did not put off delegates who were eager to learn and meet new colleagues. This event, hosted by Pat Russell MIEP, was the first of a series of events planned for Members in Luton. IEP Executive Chairman Scott Parkin FIEP was joined by John Walker MIEP of Peninsula Training Development and Consultancy to deliver an exciting presentation to IEP Members from the Luton Partnership Programme.

 

The agenda was built around feedback from the Luton Partnership Launch Day, which took place in May, and advice from the dedicated Steering Group. It focused on, amongst other subjects, motivational interviewing, client engagement and the learning tools and techniques that are needed to help and support the development of clients for sustainable change.

 

John Walker, Director of Peninsula Training and Development, who are IEP Corporate Affiliate Partners, has over 30 years of experience in using the core helping concepts of supporting, enabling and empowering to help people identify and drive their own change agenda. His session covered some evidence-based models of change and then encouraged delegates to consider how to apply this to a range of practical situations through some interesting skills practice. Following the learning element of the event we all had a great opportunity to meet new people, form new partnerships, build new networks and to share ideas.

 

Feedback was received from a number of delegates:

 

“I found the IEP event an incredibly useful and engaging event that particularly focused on bringing a new mind-set into approaching various aspects of work (and even your own personal life) and how we view/respond to situations.  By using simple yet effective strategies clients can be engaged and put at the centre of taking ownership of their own futures. I found John to be incredibly enthusiastic, engaging and instantly felt he was able to create a connection with the room.  He clearly lived and believed what he was presenting and that was immediately visible and lent him very real credibility. I had a very enjoyable time.

Aftab Mohiudin MIEP, Skills Broker: Luton Investment Framework, Luton Borough Council  

 

“The IEP Event on the 26th July was really useful and fantastic! Having just returned to working in Luton it was great to link in with people who I could work with to support my participants moving forward. John’s training was interactive and engaging and his delivery showed so much passion in the subject that; even though it was late in the day, you couldn’t help but fully participate. I look forward to the next session!

Michelle Stanton MIEP, Support Manager, The Work and Health Programme, CPA1 (Central Region), Shaw Trust

 

More events are being planned for the Luton Partnership during the summer so look out for details and if you want to bring an IEP Networking Event to your business / town / partnership then email scott.parkin@iemployability.org

 

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Personal and Professional Development

Posted By Heather Ette, 03 August 2018

IEP embarks on Summer Webinar Programme

The IEP were pleased to kick off a programme of webinars last week with the first three taking place with Corporate Affiliate Partners Papworth Trust, Ingeus and Orbit and a further five scheduled through to October.

The bespoke Webinars are aimed at supporting IEP Corporate Affiliate Partner employees in maximising access to the IEP Resources that are available via our newly launched website at www.myiep.uk.

The Webinars provide an excellent way of showcasing how individuals can take charge of their own CPD in an interactive way via our dedicated Induction Programme and Examinations, where members can earn points and rewards towards their Annual IEP CPD Certificate.  Modules are designed to provide knowledge around all aspects of practice including elements such as Lone Working or Data Protection. It is an effective tool for large and small employers alike, and supply chains. Encouraging your staff that are IEP Members to access and complete the Induction Pack online, running through the content as a team if supported by IEPinfo, or incorporating the IEP Induction Pack in your own induction training are excellent ways to utilise the content. You can access the IEP Induction Pack here.

The Webinars also explain how frontline employees can make the most of the IEP’s Knowledge Bank resources. Working closely with leading sector employers and specialists in the employability sector, the Knowledge Bank is a constantly growing, searchable library of specialist guides and articles where Members can find a wealth of information to improve their knowledge and skills and to give tips, techniques and advice to help in your career development.   

If you are a Corporate Affiliate Partner and would be interested in organising a Webinar for your employees, HR Teams or Centre Managers please contact me at scott.parkin@iemployability.org.

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Personal and Professional Development

Posted By Heather Ette, 20 June 2018

Don’t miss this chance to attend the Employment and Skills Convention 2018 for FREE!

After the great success of last year, Learning and Work Institute, in association with the IEP, are providing bursaries for five IEP Members to attend the Employment and Skills Convention FREE of charge. Rt. Hon Lord David Willetts, Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation will give a keynote speech on “How do we close the opportunity divide and deliver full and fulfilling employment?” at the Convention which takes place on 10th July at The Royal Society, London.

The aim of the IEP Bursary is to provide an opportunity for sector Practitioners who don’t ordinarily get the opportunity to attend industry Conferences to benefit from the Employment and Skills Convention experience. We hope it will provide a beneficial learning, networking and developmental opportunity. The IEP Bursary includes a full delegate package at the Convention, and a special Certificate which will be presented to the winners on the day.

IEP members wishing to apply for the Bursary can enter by writing a submission, under the title of: ‘Why I should attend the Employment and Skills Convention, and how this will benefit my professional development’.

  • Entries must be a maximum of 500 words in length and be submitted in Microsoft Word format.
  • Entrants must also include their full name, job title, employer’s name, e-mail address, contact phone number, and IEP designation (AIEP or MIEP). • Entries must be received by e-mail to scott.parkin@iemployability.org by 5.00pm on 2nd July 2018.
  • Please refer to “IEP Bursary” in the subject line.

Eligible IEP members who apply to the Bursary competition, but who are unsuccessful, will still be able to purchase a conference ticket at the price of £260 (private organisations), £190 (NfP, charity, public and educational organisations). The fee is discounted and is subject to VAT and you will need to use this voucher code (ES18MEM) on check out to obtain this special rate.

Terms & Conditions

The Bursary is open to any current AIEP or MIEP Member (Fellows are excluded). Late entries will not be considered. Entries will be judged by a panel from the IEP and Learning and Work Institute. All entrants will be notified of the outcome of the competition as soon after the closing date as possible. The panel’s decision will be final, and no correspondence regarding the outcome will be considered. Bursaries must be taken by the winning entrants and are non-transferable. No alternate prize / cash alternative is available. The Bursary excludes travel to and from the Convention venue, the cost of which will need to be covered by the winners, or their employers.

 

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Personal and Professional Development

Posted By Heather Ette, 13 June 2018

Congratulations to our first Micro Diploma Distinction

The IEP are delighted to congratulate Michael Gillan from Remploy Scotland for completing the Corndel Micro Diploma in Employability Management with Distinction.

Michael took up the offer to study for the micro-diploma back in February following an exclusive promotion from Corndel Leadership and Management School for IEP Members to be given the opportunity to study, for free, the Micro-Diploma which covers a range of modules selected from Corndel's wider Chartered Management Institute-approved Diploma in Management and Leadership.

On passing the micro-diploma Michael said “I have worked in Employability for 3 years now and do not have any qualifications specifically in this field. I saw the Corndel Micro Diploma advertised in the IEP Newsletter (EP) and it sounded like a fantastic opportunity. 

“The course itself was fantastic, with a variety of ways of learning offered and plenty opportunity to decide the right one for you. The modules were really interesting and I have already adapted some of my ways of working to incorporate this learning. The feedback from Sean Williams at Corndel was constructive and timely, and he was excellent at facilitating the phone and online sessions and presentations.

“I would recommend this course to anyone in line management or who is looking to develop into a management role - however the learning could easily be incorporated in sessions between an employment adviser and their customers.”

IEP Chairman Scott Parkin FIEP said “Well done Michael, a great achievement and one well deserved. We hope other IEP Members will follow Michael’s lead and take up offers such as these when they are available.  We are grateful to Corndel for providing this learning to our Members and look forward to continuing our work with them to help sector professionals progress their learning and develop their careers.”

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Discounts Available for VRA Study Day

Posted By Heather Ette, 01 June 2018

Register Now for the VRA Study Day – Huge Discounts Apply!

The VRA Study Day takes place on 20th June 2018 in London and promises to be a great opportunity to join colleagues from the world of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Due to the overwhelming generosity of the VRA’s Study Day Sponsors, REMPLOY & DWF SOLICITORS the VRA are delighted to be able to discount the booking fee by a massive 50%, and what’s more, VRA are kindly offering the same discounted VRA Member rate of just £35 to all IEP members!

The programme is jam packed with information to maximise your practice through use of government policy and initiatives, an evidenced based employment service that has gone viral in U.K. with huge expansion of services in next few years, practical overview of implications on GDPR after May 25th, best practice in mental health support and a whole lot more.

Speakers:

  • Justin Varney – Public Health England
  • Diana Kloss – Barrister and Honorary President of the Council for Work and Health
  • Dr Rob Hampton – Freelance GP, Occupational Physician and Public Health Champion for Work as a Health outcome
  • Zoe Morris – NHS Benchmarking
  • Adam Swersky – Social Finance
  • Lynne Miller – Central North West London Trust, IPS Centre of Excellence
  • Claire Hodgkins – National MHSS Operations Manager, Remploy

VRA strive to keep costs for attendance down and due to recent developments, are fortunate to be able to pass along savings to you and your colleagues to our study day in June.

The revised rates are:

Members £35

Non-members £45

Full time students FREE

Please help us to get the word out about this marvellous opportunity by sharing with your friends and networks where vocational rehabilitation is of interest.  Please do feel free to get in touch if you have any questions. 

You can reserve your place here .

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The IEP Work in Progress Bursary 2018

Posted By Heather Ette, 04 May 2018

Work in Progress Bursary is a Winner

The IEP were delighted to attend Doncaster Racecourse for the annual Work in Progress conference on 25th April, which was sponsored by Shaw Trust, Cognisoft and Iconi Software. Together with organisers and IEP Corporate Affiliate Partners Carley ConsuIt, we presented an Award Certificate to this year’s Bursary Winner, Richard Philips from Breakthrough UK who support disabled people to work and live independently.

Speaking about the conference, Richard (pictured above) said “Both key note speakers were excellent, Paul Lewis in particular delivering some very interesting insights into personal income for low income families, the benefits system and DWP contracts.

“The Mini-Master class around Mental Health Awareness from Steps to Work was of great use – nice to hear about how much a company from CEO downwards recognises the importance of good mental health in the workplace and is actively seeking to educate other senior leaders. The delivery of a practical session from Doncaster College gave an opportunity to see and hear how well their hair and beauty team value work linking directly into employment. In one of the talking table sessions about Motivating Disadvantaged Groups in to Work, I was about to offer my own input into a lively discussion on something that is from my own area of expertise.

“I would like to encourage others to apply in the future as it gave me the chance to be around a huge mix of other professionals from multiple types of organisations giving and sharing experiences towards developing my own knowledge and practice about topics to take back to my work with young people.”

IEP Chairman Scott Parkin FIEP said “We were really pleased to welcome Richard to this year’s event and hope his positive experience will highlight the benefits of taking up bursary offers as an opportunity to network, gain new insights and practical advice.  We are grateful to our partners Carley Consult for providing this opportunity and making it a reality”.

Jim Carley, Managing Director of Carley Consult added: “”Work in Progress has once again filled a key niche in the conference calendar, and it was great to see over 100 industry colleagues making the trip to Doncaster for the day. I’m really pleased that Richard got so much out of the day as our bursary winner, and thanks too to Scott and IEP for facilitating one of our Mini Masterclasses.”

 

 

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