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Posted By Heather Ette, 20 September 2018

Talent Match Join IEP as Corporate Affiliate Partners

The IEP are delighted to welcome Talent Match Leicestershire, a National social research project funded by the Big Lottery Fund, as Corporate Affiliate Partner.

 

 Talent Match is designed to support 18 to 30-year-olds who have been out of work or training for a minimum of 12 months. Bringing together a partnership of local organisations to help young adults back into work, the diversity of professionals engaged in the partnership work has been the key to its ongoing success.

 

The partnership is led by the Princes Trust in Leicester and Leicestershire and has been recognised as an exemplar project within the National programme. It brings employers, young people, local authorities, colleges and other charities together to innovate.  The team co design and co deliver a range of services.  It is real partnership work in action. ‘No one organisation can meet the needs of the most vulnerable.’

 

The partnership has worked with over 1000 young adults since 2014, 42% of these were not known to DWP: hidden from youth unemployment statistics.  The average length of unemployment is over 27 months and 52% of all clients worked with have sustained paid work for 6 months or more.

 

IEP Chairman Scott Parkin FIEP said “We’re really excited to have Talent Match on board.  The partnership has a great working knowledge and history surrounding employability modelling and a significant programme in mentoring, coaching and youth unemployment initiatives.  We are really looking forward to working with them to progress their aims of reaching and engaging with the wider employability and skills sector and to deliver learning opportunities to Talent Match practitioners.”

 

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IEP AGM 2018

Posted By Heather Ette, 20 September 2018

IEP AGM 2018

Can you bottle a good relationship?

The IEP look forward to welcoming our Guest Speaker Emma Southern, from The Prince's Trust, to our Annual General Meeting on 11th October. 

The Prince’s Trust Talent Match is a Corporate Affiliate Partner of the IEP and Emma will be delivering a very hands-on session with colleagues and service users. They will be talking about how The Prince’s Trust have successfully used Mentoring in the programme supporting NEETs and how they are providing learning about mentoring delivery from the Big Lottery Funded Talent Match programme.

Talent Match is nearing the end of its five-year social research and learning project and a big part of the success of the national programme is the people and their relationships at the heart of delivery. Talent Match works with young adults aged 18-30 who are long term unemployed.

The mentoring framework developed from this research is designed to support reflection and improvement in mentoring practice within organisations, through a deeper understanding of what are  good quality supportive relationships in an intensive one-to-one setting.

The session will allow participants to hear first-hand accounts from some of the mentors and young people from the Leicestershire Partnership. This project has been recognised nationally for its partnership work, innovation and has the best Value for Money per job outcome.  The session objectives are clear but does this approach deliver employability as we may all imagine?

The AGM takes place on Thursday 11 October 2018, 16:00 – 19:00, Churchgate House, Manchester, hosted by the Growth Company and sponsored by CogniSoft and Jobskilla.  You do not have to be an IEP Member to attend the AGM and it’s a great opportunity to find out what the Institute has to offer as well as a chance to network with colleagues and enjoy some free drink and nibbles!  Follow the link below to get your FREE ticket and share with your colleagues so they do not miss out.

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Employability Partners

Posted By Heather Ette, 14 September 2018

IEP Welcome VRC as new Corporate Affiliate Partners

 

The IEP is delighted to welcome VRC (Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants) as our newest Corporate Affiliate Partners.

VRC is a specialist consultancy in employability. Established over 10 years ago, they have participated in or led numerous projects to research the skills of employment advisers, and to develop associated curriculum and training methods for them. Their work encompasses basic and advanced employability skills, face to face and e-learning, curriculum and training quality standards, reviews of research and evidence, and their own original research.  They are committed to ‘what works’, to evidence and ethics, to critical thinking and to promoting the active ingredients in employment advice to disadvantaged people.

IEP Executive Chairman Scott Parkin FIEP said “VRC have long been supporters of the IEP, providing critical research and reports for our Knowledge Bank and working in partnership with us at industry presentations and events.  They have worked in many European countries as well as the UK providing information such as their comparative evaluation of a training course for advisers of refugees – showing that it works, and that comparative evaluations can be done with reasonable effort and cost.  As our Corporate Affiliate Partner, they will be making more research and information available for our Knowledge Bank over the coming weeks, including a Handbook for Working with Migrants and Refugees which will be of huge benefit to Members. Most of VRC’s products and reports will be available to IEP Members for free, and we invite any IEP Members to contact us for copies and further discussion.”

Director of VRC, David Imber BA Cantab PVRA FIEP said “VRC is proud to become a Corporate Affiliate Partner of the IEP.  Proud because it feels like a recognition that our work is valued by our peers, and proud to be contributing to our professional Institute. Thank you all. 

The professionalisation of our work as employability specialists is important, and overdue. Since the early days of YOP, STEP and the Community programme, and long before, there has never been a break in the provision of employment advice: we are a permanent service, not a temporary response to occasional economic crises. Since those days we have worked against disadvantage and unfairness in the labour market, and must continue both to do so and to enhance our work, since the evidence says that exclusion, inequality and poverty are still important problems to be solved.

The IEP’s role in promoting training, skills and accreditation of professionals in the field is unique. The IEP has been the force that brings service providers, Strategic and Corporate Affiliate Partners and others, and employability professionals together in this common goal. No doubt we have a long way to go, but that is all the more reason to press on. And no doubt too that we need to stay abreast of political change, and to challenge ourselves and the policy-makers with new research, with service developments, and with critical thinking. In the next years, the IEP can aim to become a promoter of policy and practice, enabling it to illuminate rather than follow the development of programmes.

 

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Employability Partners

Posted By Heather Ette, 06 September 2018

Wednesday 12 September 2018, Central London

Offering an excellent opportunity for organisations to engage directly with senior decision makers from across housing, employment and health sectors, this joint conference, now in its third year is open to those interested in or delivering services for people to gain, sustain and progress in work.

Exclusive IEP Member Discount for GUAC Members - Join the Institute of Employability Professionals as an Individual Member and receive a 33% discount! Apply now at  heather@iemployability.org quoting GUAC Offer

More speakers confirmed:

·       Lord Best, Chair of the Housing Commission, Centre for Social Justice

·       Dr Julie Nugent, Director of Productivity and Skills, West Midlands Combined Authority

·       Dr Katy Jones, Research Fellow, Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU), University of Salford

·       Joe Dromey, Senior Research Fellow - Employment and Skills, IPPR

·       Phil de Montmorency, Principal Policy Officer, Skills & Employment Team, Greater London Authority

·       Robert Tinker, Policy Officer, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

 Download the latest programme and see the full speaker line up at ersa.org.uk/events/ersaguac18

 Book Now

 

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The EP Blog

Posted By Heather Ette, 20 August 2018

How we make Behavioural Insights Work

by Liz Sewell, Director, The GRoW Programme, Belina Consulting

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT)  are well known for their evidence based projects that show how behavioural insights can boost engagement, job search and resilience; so I was really excited to be asked by ERSA to respond to their work following a fascinating presentation from Rony Hacohen of the Team at ERSA’s Communications Policy and Insights Network.

Belina’s programmes have always used behavioural insights as a base. The academic studies that inform our work are well known: Daniel Kahneman’s Fast and Slow thinking; Nudge Theory; Maslow‘s Hierarchy of Need,  Philip Zimbardo’s work on time; Transactional Analysis; and Honey and Mumford’s learning styles. Using this research, our approach is a group programme called GRoW – Get Ready for Work  – that has training techniques that challenge an individual’s current thinking and behaviour.

Value Attachment

One insight, Value Attachment,  has been used in America to support ethnic minorities to improve their test scores. The theory behind this is that people can Improve their outcomes if they have an opportunity to consider positive attributes about themselves before they undertake a task. Conversely, negative connotations have a negative influence. An example is when Asian women did a series of maths tests.  In one of the sessions there was a discussion before the test  of the perception  that women tend to be worse at maths. In the second test there was a discussion on how Asian people were often considered to be good at maths. In the tests, which were of the same standard, the women did better in the second test; after a discussion that indicated they would be more likely to be better at maths.

We wanted to look at how we could adopt this approach for our parents.  We work with women who initially feel that they have little to offer and that employers are not interested in them. We want to challenge that.

The first activity is to ask the mothers to make a list of all the things that mothers do. This list usually starts with cooking, cleaning, caring and bathing.  It often then moves on to helping with homework and taking children to school before developing into transferable skills like driving, negotiating and, sometimes even, peacekeeping. The discussions in the groups become more animated and women become more confident and start to talk about the fact that they ‘do it all’ and they support the whole family and that, actually, they are “amazing”.

Marvellous multi-tasking mums

We then ask them  in groups to come up with a poster/advert that sells mothers to employers and present it to the group. As you can see from the posters here, the women show that they feel positive and empowered and in the presentations they often explain that the employers would be “getting a bargain”. From Octomum. to SuperMum the posters and presentations are a pean to the multitasking skills mothers exude.

At the end of the whole programme, we ask them to reflect on the project – and often the break through moment for them is this session and it gives them the boost they need to start on their way back to work.

 

 

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Employability Partners

Posted By Heather Ette, 20 August 2018

Tony’s journey to helping ex-offenders

 

Tony Franklin was determined to turn his life around and give something back to the community when he started working with ex-offenders, supporting them on the path back to employment.

 

Tony, 36, an ex-offender himself, secured employment with Hertfordshire-based charity HACRO (Herts Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders) which provides family and employment support to help rehabilitate offenders.

 

As Project Manager, Tony manages volunteer groups of ex-offenders as they complete community-based projects across Hertfordshire. The aim is to help them gain work experience and confidence to prepare them for the workplace or for skills training opportunities.

 

Father-of-two Tony, from Hemel Hempstead, had no formal training or qualifications himself and understands first-hand the difficulty of finding work with a criminal record. With the support of HACRO, he turned to employment and skills specialist Seetec to help him develop his management skills.

 

Tony, who obtained a Leadership & Management qualification, explained: “It was probably the hardest thing I’ve had to do for a long time. I left school without any qualifications and I’ve never written an essay before.

 

“I’m dyslexic so it was a struggle, and I had to find the time to do the work by getting up early or at weekends. It was definitely a good experience, I’ve learnt a lot from it and it’s given me the confidence to do more courses.

 

“I had a lot of support from Tom at Seetec. I learnt about motivating people, which is important as some of those I work with have never worked before, and also about different learning styles.”

 

Chantel Hampton, Skills Delivery Manager, from Seetec said: “Tony showed great perseverance in completing and passing all his assignments, and he is clearly determined to continue learning to improve his future opportunities.”

 

HACRO Trustee, Peter Sweetman, said: “By the end of the Seetec course, Tony was displaying both a sharper focus on the critical success factors in his area of responsibility, and improvements in the way he communicated his plans and priorities. 

 

“Accordingly we presented to our board and to those funding Tony’s work a proposal to upgrade his post and I am glad to report that it was accepted immediately.”   

Seetec provided Tony’s training free of charge as part of the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Skills For Growth scheme, financed by the European Social Fund.

Norman Jennings, Operations Director at Hertfordshire LEP, said: “A skilled and motivated workforce is a key driver of business growth, productivity and economic prosperity, and through the Skills For Growth programme, we have helped over 550 Hertfordshire businesses maximise their potential by training and upskilling their existing employees.”

Find out more on the Hertfordshire LEP website.

 

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Employability Partners

Posted By Administration, 13 August 2018

Exclusive IEP Member Discount for GUAC Members

The IEP are pleased to announce that we have joined forces with our Strategic Partner, Give us a Chance Consortium (GUAC), to offer all GUAC Members an exclusive 33% discount if they join the IEP as individual Members.

GUAC Managing Director Lynsey Sweeney said ‘The IEP has a strong partnership with GUAC and our individual Members, especially those that are working on the frontline of employment, benefits, money and personal advice services, that all support more tenants into work. The discounted annual IEP Membership offer for individuals represents great value - for just £35 a year you can access all IEP's online resources, link to their events and meet colleagues across their virtual and face to face networks. There's also an IEP dedicated Jobs Board to see what opportunities are available for employability professionals, and further online support services in development.’

IEP Executive Chairman Scott Parkin FIEP said ‘We are committed to helping employability professionals operating in the housing sector to tailor the support they provide, to deliver holistic employability advice and support to Housing Association tenants that will help them gain work, progress in work and remain in work. We are pleased to be offering this exclusive discount to GUAC Members to help them benefit from the sharing of ideas and solutions with other employability professionals.’

GUAC members who would like to take advantage of this exclusive discount should email heather@iemployability.org quoting GUAC OFFER

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Employability Partners

Posted By Heather Ette, 08 August 2018

Call for European Social Fund Case Studies and Evidence

ERSA leads a joint Working Group with the NCVO on the future of the European Social Fund. As such, we would like your evidence to inform our cross-sector response to the forthcoming UK Shared Prosperity Fund consultation.

We are looking for case studies (of projects and individuals), data and research that highlights, in particular, how ESF projects positively impact:

1) Health and wellbeing
2) The economic agenda, e.g. by reducing strain on Jobcentre Plus and other services
3) Those furthest from employment opportunities, furthering the equalities agenda

In addition, we are looking for case studies, data and research from ESF projects and beyond that provide positive demonstrations of:

1) Multi-agency and/or multi-sector partnerships – identifying need, programme design and delivery
2) Programmes that effectively foster innovation
3) An ideal mix of long-term and short-term funding

For an example of the kind of evidence we are looking for, please refer to Appendix A (page 11-15) in the attached document ‘Future employment & skills training for disadvantaged groups: a successor to the ESF’
 
Please return these to James.Loan-Clarke@ncvo.org.uk and policy@ersa.org.uk by c.o.p. Monday 20th August.

Please feel free to send this request onto your networks. To note, this call for evidence is for organisational participation - there will be opportunities to engage individual supporter networks once the consultation is out.

Best wishes
 
Samantha Windett
Head of Policy and Communications

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Employability Partners

Posted By Heather Ette, 20 July 2018

IEP Strategic Partner GUAC influencing on the CSJ Social Housing and Employment report

In a report published last week, the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) recommended that housing associations are rewarded for supporting residents who are on benefits, by means such as offering skills training, organising work placements and employment.

GUAC’s MD, Lynsey Sweeney sits on the CSJ Housing Commission, which fed into and helped shape this influential first report. The Commission will go on to publish three further reports on other aspects of housing policy, launching a final cumulative summary of recommendations in the Spring of 2019. This first report, which is being considered by Government, claims the proposed measures would trigger a surge in employment among those without jobs and save the taxpayer up to £3bn. It found that households living in social housing are four times more likely to be out of work than those in private housing. Housing associations, with their established personal relationships with tenants, are “best placed to support individuals facing barriers to work”, it argues.  

You can download and read the report here.

 

 

 

 

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Employability Partners

Posted By Heather Ette, 20 July 2018

Multi-million pound fund launched to help tackle the disability employment gap 

Last week the Government’s Work and Health Unit, a joint unit funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and Department of Health and Social Care, launched the Challenge Fund, a new time-limited source of funding aimed at testing new or promising approaches to helping people experiencing mental health or musculoskeletal (MSK) issues to stay in work. They might be at risk of losing their job because of sickness or may be already off work through ill health.

The Fund is squarely aimed at encouraging innovation and ideas with an emerging evidence base.  To that end, the Unit is looking to fund small to medium scale initiatives, with £4.2 million available. Applications are welcome from organisations in any sector, including employers, charities, social enterprises, local authorities, health bodies and others, with applications from smaller organisations particularly welcome.

The deadline for applications is Friday 17 August at 17.00.  For full details visit http://ersa.org.uk/challengefund

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