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Supporting health and wellbeing for customers and colleagues

23 January 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Ette
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Supporting health and wellbeing for customers and colleagues

A review of the IEP Networking Event in Birmingham

The IEP were delighted to join our hosts Shaw Trust for an afternoon of learning and networking at the recent IEP Networking Event in Birmingham. 

Sponsored by Steps to Work, IEP’s latest Networking Event addressed the issues around supporting health and wellbeing for customers and colleagues in the Employability sector and discussed ways that support organisations to continue delivering life changing Employability services.

Attendee Sak Awan, Director of Employability and Skills at S Knights Recruitment said of the event “As a Corporate Affiliate of the IEP I have always been an ambassador of furthering, professionalising and recognising the Employability & Skills Agenda.

The IEP events have always been insightful, they’ve provided a much-needed platform to network, share best practice and learn and most importantly a platform filled with likeminded, passionate individuals who represent some of the leading Employability & Skills Providers in the UK.

As a recruiter, recruiting exclusively into the Employability & Skills sector, it’s great catching up with contacts, understanding changes in the sector and being involved in some really interesting projects.

A big thank you to Shaw Trust and IEP for hosting such a great event and I look forward to the next one!”

Jenny La Rocque, National Employer Manager at Shaw Trust said “ I thought it was a great event and the venue was perfect due to its location in Birmingham City Centre. I also enjoyed the talks given by the presenters particularly around Mental Health, with the associated stats and routeways or tools available if an employer needs support.”

Watch the videos from the event:


Catronia Toms, Head of Practice, Community Mental Health, Wellbeing at Work, Shaw Trust - looks at the use of Mindfulness in the workplace and link this to the model of the 5 ways to wellbeing they use at Shaw Trust to develop participants on their journey into employment, as well as Reflective Practice used with Support Managers at Shaw Trust. These are practically embedded ways in which Shaw Trust is developing a mindful workplace





Rizwana Hussain, DWP Area Manager / Mental Health First Aid Trainer and Deborah Nickless, Employer Relationship Manager - Steps to Work explain how Steps to Work went from needing a training provider for mental health to becoming MHFA accredited and training multiple organisations, going on to secure a place on the WMCA Thrive - Wellbeing at Work Pilot





Jon Smith, Head of Operations - Shaw Trust looks at the early successes and challenges of the Work and Health Programme from the perspective of service integration and localism. Shaw Trust, the largest Work and Health Programme prime contractor, share their early experiences of delivery, how localism is working on the ground and the impact of integrating with other support services. 

They also look forward to the opportunities for further integration of services and how their ethos of working with partners can better support disabled people and the long term unemployed.