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Posted By Heather Ette, 22 May 2019

The Good Employability Company Selected for VRA Award

Congratulations to our Corporate Affiliate Partners, The Good Employability Company, who have been selected as a finalist in the 2019 Vocational Rehabilitation Association Innovation, Research and Education Award.

Their Perspective Project, funded by the EU ERASMUS+ grant, carried out a controlled test of training for advisors of migrants and refugees. These people are among the most disadvantaged in society, facing psychological and physical illness as well as social and legislative hostility. Working with France, Germany and Greece the project showed how skilled advisors improve their support, and how they encourage increased employability among their clients.

 

 

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Posted By Heather Ette, 22 May 2019

Welcome PHX Training our New Corporate Affiliate Partners

The IEP are delighted to announce that PHX Training have joined us as our latest Corporate Affiliate Partners. 

PHX Training is an award-winning North West training provider, founded in 2004 to help individuals and businesses to build skills and create successful futures. They deliver government-backed training initiatives including direct delivery of the ESFA Adult Education Budget (AEB).

Shirley Williams, Development Director said “The reason why I wanted to join IEP as a Corporate Affiliate Partner on behalf of PHX Training is that the IEP and their Members are passionate about supporting people with multiple barriers into work.  As key partners our role is to embrace those challenges, help come up with new joined up approaches and to support people into sustainable jobs.

“Raising the PHX Brand nationally is very important to me and being part of a prestigious group will start to raise our visibility.  Being part of IEP is a great way for me to be inspired by fresh ideas and ready to tackle business challenges in creative and innovative ways.”

For 14 years PHX have successfully delivered sub-contracts including Learndirect, AEB and ESF funded Work Based Learning, Apprenticeship training, DWP Journey2Work programme and the Work Programme. 

The PHX approach is fully integrated, holistic and structured.  We take individuals who may be far from the job market, or at times hardest to reach, guiding them through advice, support, training, progression onto PHX’s other funded programmes of study and personal development into work. 

The culture of PHX Training enables them to improve their skills to get them ready for the working environment, help improve their self-worth and confidence or move them towards further education and training.

For more about PHX Training click here

 

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Posted By Administration, 16 May 2019

Seetec and Hermes partnership tackles driver shortages

 

Employment and skills specialist Seetec has launched a new partnership with leading consumer delivery company Hermes UK to help address the UK driver shortage.

 

The “Road to Logistics” initiative will allow unemployed and young workers to gain valuable skills and the opportunity of full-time employment in the logistics sector, while ensuring Hermes develops its own talent pipeline. 

 

Funded through the company’s Apprenticeship Levy, the scheme will see Hermes recruiting LGV Apprentices who currently have no driving experience, supporting them to achieve their Cat C and Cat C&E Licence.

 

The scheme is open to applicants of any age over 18, with the Level 2 apprenticeship taking 14 months. Successful participants will then be offered roles as employed Hub Drivers within Hermes’ hubs at Warrington and Rugby.

 

Seetec has developed a bespoke training programme for Hermes which includes both theory and practical sessions and the first apprentices have been recruited.

 

Lauren Webb, Seetec’s Head of Employer Solutions & Strategic Partnerships, explained: “We have developed a unique programme which is aligned with Hermes’ business goals and training objectives. We see the apprentices every week and will ensure they gain an understanding of the company’s ethics and core values.

 

“We have supported Hermes with candidate screening, assessment centre and induction programme.”

 

Jenny Haynes, Hermes’ Learning and Development Business Partner, said: “Seetec have worked with Hermes collaboratively to create an LGV Apprenticeship programme to suit our business needs.

 

“They have been flexible in their approach working with us to understand the challenges our business faces but have also been able to advise us on the best solutions.

 

“We have now piloted this programme successfully within our Hubs where we have recruited 14 new Apprentice Hub Drivers in April and now are launching this across our Depots, revamping our old Warehouse to Wheels programme with 17 existing Warehouse and Van drivers, all keen to train as a Cat C Driver due to start in May across our East and West Depots.”

 

Seetec is working with logistics employers across the UK, helping them to develop a pipeline of LGV drivers to tackle the problems of an ageing workforce, exacerbated by the possible impact of Brexit on European drivers working in the UK.

 

Employers interested in recruiting LGV apprentices should contact Seetec on 0800 3891 999, email employers@seetec.co.uk.

 

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Posted By Heather Ette, 16 May 2019

Higher Apprenticeship Career Development Professional - Approved

At last it is official; the Higher Apprenticeship Standard and End Point Assessment for Career Development Professionals has been approved and signed off by the Institute for Apprenticeships. This means that after many months of hard work, negotiation and drafting, employers, training providers and universities can now design a higher apprenticeship programme for the training of career development professionals, a title which includes careers advisers working with young people and adults and careers leaders working in schools and colleges.

“This announcement has come at just the right time”, says Laura Bell President of the Career Development Institute, which is the UK-wide professional body for the careers sector. “There is a growing skills shortage of qualified careers advisers in youth and adult guidance, the impact of which is being acutely felt in some areas of England.”

“Importantly for employers, this new higher apprenticeship has been allocated to Band 12, which means that we will be able to draw down up to £9.000 over two years to contribute to the cost of higher apprentice training”, she added. “Both employers of careers advisers and career leaders, ie schools and FE colleges, will be able to benefit as the qualification is flexible, depending on the units taken. This means that individuals can train to be either careers advisers or careers leaders through this new higher apprenticeship route.”

The Career Development Institute has long been advocating that careers advisers working with young people and adults should be qualified at a minimum of QCF level 6/SCQF level 11. The new two-year (24 months) apprenticeship route is at level 6, and includes the attainment of a level 6 or higher career-related qualification (minimum of 60 credits) approved by the Career Development Institute as giving eligibility to the Register of Career Development Professionals.

Jan Ellis, Chief Executive of the Career Development Institute (CDI) explains: “The UK Register of Career Development Professionals is the single national point of reference for ensuring and promoting the professional status of career development practitioners across the sector. All Registered Career Development Professionals must work to the CDI’s Code of Ethics and undertake and record a minimum of 25 hours CPD each year, which we monitor and check.”

The Careers Strategy in England and the supporting statutory guidance for schools and colleges encourage employers to engage Registered Career Development Professionals. The registered status of practitioners can easily be checked through the CDI’s website. The same facility can also be used by head teachers, employers, parents, indeed anyone seeking the services of a qualified and experienced career development practitioner.

With further reference to quality assurance Jan Ellis says,” We are delighted that the Career Development Institute will be providing the External Quality Assurance (EQA) of the End Point Assessment Organisations (EPAO) for this new Higher Apprenticeship Standard. Full details should be available next week on the Institute for Apprenticeships website”. https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/career-developmentprofessional/

Scott Parkin FIEP, Chief Executive of the IEP said “Both the CDI and Careers England provided support in bringing the Employability Practitioner Standard to fruition and as a potential conduit to this new Higher Apprenticeship Standard.  We welcome this news as bringing wider career progression opportunities for Employability Practitioner professionals as part of the careers element of our sector.  We look forward to working with the CDI and Careers England to support professionals in their important work across the employability, careers and skills professions.”

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Posted By Heather Ette, 16 May 2019

Introducing the new Employability Practitioner Standard

 Unemployment is at an all time low, and although the looming spectre of Brexit is at the forefront of all our minds, the job market continues to offer increased opportunities for jobseekers. But is this an accurate picture for everyone?

To help level the playing field MAXIMUS Training are delighted to launch our new Employability Practitioner standard for levy paying organisations in England. As part of the original trailblazer group we are proud to be delivering a standard that has been designed to help develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours of those helping people to address and overcome obstacles to secure suitable and sustainable employment.

Click here to find out more...

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Posted By Administration, 09 May 2019

The EmpDay Map is live...

By the ERSA Team

With less than eight weeks to go until Employability Day on 28 June and some great activities planned, ERSA is launching the EmpDay Map!

Thank you to those who have already given us details of their events. This will help us promote the day, support your activity and connect you to local stakeholders.

We'll be adding many more activities as your plans progress! Just let us know when you have the basic information and we'll put your event on the map too. 

 

VIEW THE MAP

 

ADD MY ACTIVITY

 

With some interesting local elections results last week, Employability Day is a great hook to invite your local councillors to see your work at the frontline. View the election results here and find your local councillors' contact details here

For more information about Employability Day 2019, 
click here or contact empday@ersa.org.uk. And remember to tell ERSA what you're planning

This year's Employability Day theme is Closing the Gaps. We want to demonstrate the importance of organisations like yours who work tirelessly to support disadvantaged people into work and help close employment gaps between groups.  

To find out more, download our briefing


#EmpDay19
#WeAreClosingTheGaps

 

 

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Posted By Administration, 01 May 2019

Disability Awareness Resources from Remploy

For all disabilities and health conditions, putting in place often very simple adjustments can make a huge difference.

Remploy, the UK’s leading disability specialist has published a range of disability-related resources to help employers and practitioners understand more and become more Disability Confident.  The Disability Awareness Factsheets provide a reference to the most common disabilities and long-term conditions, including learning disabilities, mental health conditions, physical disabilities, neurological conditions and sensory impairments.

View the Anxiety Disorders Factsheet here https://www.remploy.co.uk/sites/default/files/Documents/Disability%20awareness%20factsheets/Anxiety_Disorders-Oct17.pdf

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Posted By Administration, 25 April 2019

Tameside Careers and Apprenticeships Exhibition 2019 - #TCAE2019- Invitation

Tameside Council’s Employment and Skills Team would like to invite you to exhibit at the Tameside Careers and Apprenticeships Exhibition 2019 - #TCAE2019. This event is sponsored by Tameside Council, Tameside College, Clarendon Sixth Form College and Ashton Sixth Form College. 

For those who may have supported previously, you will understand and appreciate the importance and value this event brings to our local pupils. As this event continues to grow in reputation amongst schools and pupils, it will be great to have new and familiar faces involved again this year! 

The event targets all Year 9 and 10 pupils and is designed to raise their awareness of various careers, education and training pathways in a fun and engaging way through ‘have a go’ activities. Tameside Council seeks to support schools in delivery of CEIAG and the Careers & Apprenticeship Exhibition is a great opportunity to do this. 

 The benefits of participating are:

  •  We are expecting over 1,000 pupils to be in attendance
  • You can support our schools Careers Programmes and allow them to provide valuable evidence for Ofsted
  • Exposure to pupil’s seeking providers of further and higher education for both traditional and apprenticeship pathways
  • Over 90% of pupils find the event ‘useful’
  • Provides an opportunity for you to build lasting relationships with schools

We would like all pupils to have the opportunity to choose the right pathway for them and understand, in many subjects, they can be educated to degree level irrespective of the route they take. 

Last year’s event was very successful with around 1,000 Tameside pupils aged 14-16 visiting Stalybridge Civic Hall. The feedback over the past few years has been consistently positive with 90% of pupils wanting to attend future Careers and Apprenticeship Exhibitions and 91% finding the event ‘useful’.  We aim for the 2019 event to have a mixture of learning providers and businesses promoting various roles in a wide range of subjects and industries. We would also like you to demonstrate a number of interactive ‘have a go’ experiences / demonstrations for the pupils to engage in which is a continuing theme from previous years. 

Businesses are key to quality CEIAG and this event provides a great opportunity for local businesses to engage with schools and develop bespoke pathways for pupils.  The practical activities with employers and providers will also compliment school careers evenings, mock interviews and industry days. 

Our aim is to increase school participation of the exhibition each year and provide a high quality, engaging event so that pupils can take away substantial knowledge on their future options. We have provided the total school and pupil attendance figures from the previous 3 years:

YEAR

SCHOOLS IN ATTENDANCE

PUPILS IN ATTENDANCE

2015

13

1000

2016

12

710

2017

13

980

2018

12

1,020

 

Please find below the agreed date for the event.  Please indicate if you would be able to support us at this year’s event:

DATE: Thursday 13th June 2019

VENUE: Stalybridge Civic Hall, Trinity Street, Stalybridge, SK15 2BN

TIME: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Note: Exhibitors to arrive no later than 8am to allow time for set up. Council representatives will be on hand to allow access to the building.

If you accept our invitation to exhibit at our event, please can you complete the table below with the details and return to me and/or employmentandskills@tameside.gov.uk:

Names of ALL individuals attending with your business

Insert names of attendees

Key contact

Insert name of key contact

Key contact number (both office and mobile)

Insert contact numbers here

Have youany specialdietary requirements?

If you have dietary requirements please insert here

Would you like to drop off equipment the day before the event?

If so please provide a time between 12pm and 6:30pm and the individual who will be attending. If you have any queries please contact Kieran Hemmings on 0161 342 3111 or kieran.hemmings@tameside.gov.uk

Please advise the nature of the activity/exhibit/have-a-go activity

Information regarding your activity will be included in our handbook which will be sent to the schools in advance of the exhibition

Do you require access to power sockets? If so, how many?

 

How much floor spaceand/or how many tables and chairswould your activity need?

 

Please also provide your public liability insurance (please ensure this reaches the Employment and Skills team as soon as possible)

This will be required before the event takes place. You will not be able to exhibit at the event if this information is not provided.

Car Registration number

We will be aiming to request an allocation of parking spaces on the nearby Tesco car park in Stalybridge for exhibitors. If you will be driving to the event, please provide the registration number(s). – Spaces may be limited, so if you are able to carpool with colleagues it is highly recommended.

 

There is no charge for exhibiting at this event and food/refreshments will be provided for staff who attend.

We look forward to meeting you/seeing you again and thank you in advance for supporting the event.

Kind Regards

Many thanks,

Kieran Hemmings

Project Officer

Employment and Skills

Development and Investment

 Tel. 0161 342 3111

Mobile: 07583 000 782

 

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Posted By Administration, 25 April 2019

Major New Report: British Talent Attraction Index

The labour market in Britain is currently very tight, with record employment as well as unemployment at its lowest since 1975. With job creation outstripping the number of available workers, employers are having to compete harder to attract the right talent to sustain and grow their business, whilst economic developers are needing to do more to ensure that the businesses in their area are getting the workers they need.

IEP Corporate Affiliate Partners Emsi have launched a new report, which looks at how well different areas of the country are succeeding in attracting talent into their area. The British Talent Attraction Index is a unique research piece, looking at a number of different demand and supply metrics in order to create a ranking, by Local Authority, in terms of job creation, drawing in new residents, and attracting a greater share of skilled workers than other regions over a five year period.

What is particularly exciting about this report is that it is definitely not just another confirmation of the economic importance of London, the South East and other major cities. Successes are nationwide, and there are some genuine surprises in the rankings.

For example, do you know which area of the country has seen the fastest job growth over the past few years? How about the fastest growth in skilled jobs? Can you put your finger on the place that has seen the highest net migration? What about the biggest growth in people with a higher education qualification? We’d be very surprised if you know all the answers to these questions, for the simple reason that we had no idea ourselves, before we looked at the data.

So why not take a look? You can download a free copy by clicking here  Alternatively, you can read it as a flipbook here https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/62617341/british-talent-attraction-index


Localised reports for your area

But there’s more. Within the report, you will see that there are a series of Focus pages, where we look at the winners of the individual categories in more depth. We have also produced these Focus pages for every Local Authority area in the country, so that you can see how well your area is faring on all the measurements of talent attraction that we have used. To get your free area Focus, click here https://www.economicmodelling.co.uk/talent-attraction-scorecard/

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Posted By Administration, 10 April 2019

The National Career Service in London helped Joanna to secure her new role, teaching adults with learning disabilities after a period of mental ill health and unemployment. This is her story.

 

“I first visited the National Careers Service at Sutton College in 2014. I was unemployed and feeling very depressed. I have two children and had not worked for some time and my confidence and self-esteem were really low."

 

“The National Careers Service team were really supportive and understanding. My adviser suggested I enrol onto several courses at college, I was also encouraged to disclose my mental ill health as my adviser said it would help me to gain more support from the college."

“I attended book keeping, accounting and return to work courses, attending the courses enabled me to improve my confidence and skills. The support I was given from the National Careers Service and the college inspired me, I decided to change career direction, I wanted to support others myself. I was advised to give volunteering in this field a go first before going onto to do a training course. I started volunteering in a local college, working with students that had learning difficulties and along with the support of my adviser, I came to the realisation that I would like to teach adults with learning difficulties."

 

“Since then, I have managed to secure employment at a college, working in a supportive role and I absolutely love it. I’m now applying for Award in Education Training so that I can progress my career. I feel so much better in myself these days and I love helping other people.”

Prospects, part of Shaw Trust, transforms lives and communities through our innovation and expertise in employment, skills, care and education. Prospects is the prime contractor for the National Careers Service in two areas: London and the West Midlands. 

Visit Prospect’s website here http://www.prospects.co.uk/News/Latest-News/i-absolutely-love-it

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