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A Review of the IEP Luton Workshop at the Employment & Skills Convention

19 July 2019   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Ette
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A Review of the IEP Luton Workshop at the Employment & Skills Convention

 

Pat Russell, Chair of the IEP delivered a session on the pilot Partnership Programme the IEP has been running with Luton Borough Council.   Sue Nelson, Service Director for the Council was there as well and spoke about the challenges facing the Borough and why she felt it was important for the Council to invest in supporting front-line Employability Professionals to develop their skills and also be helped to create networks across a range of partner organisations.

 

The programme was designed and delivered by the Institute of Employability Professionals and supported and funded by the Council. Over a twelve month period, selected front-line professionals had Membership of the Institute which gave them access to a wealth of on-line and other resources, attended networking sessions and webinars, undertook a Level 3 Award in Employability Services Sector, took part in the Mental Health Awareness workshop and learned more about Disability Confident from Disability Ambassadors.

 

Delegates were then invited to say what they felt was important for them and what support they needed to be the best they could be.  Lots of ideas were generated including the importance of networking, Mental Health First Aid, crisis management, motivational interviewing and personal resilience and wellbeing. There were several front-line Employability Professionals in the session and all agreed that more events where they could come together and share experiences were vital.  

Pat said of the event "The Employment and Skills Convention brought together a wide range of employability professionals ensuring that the quality of discussion was of the highest standard.  I was thrilled to meet many IEP members and to hear first hand what they wanted from their membership body as well as being blown-away as ever by the dedication and commitment they all show towards the people they are there to support"

 

Comments...

Kevin Moore says...
Posted 22 July 2019
Sounds like a great session, shame I couldn't be there. I'm inevitably glad to see mention of Mental Health First Aid (thanks Pat), the Awareness session certainly went down well but we need to make the 2-day version far more prevalent in our front-line CPD.