Making charity jobs open to all

A new campaign from two major children’s charities urges employers, particularly those in the voluntary sector, to make more job opportunities available to young people without degrees.

As reported in CYP Now, Children England and the National Children’s Bureau say that the charity sector should be leading on the issue of inclusive employment practices. It is hoped that signing up to the ‘Open To All’ campaign will be seen as a valuable commitment. » Continue reading news item ... “Making charity jobs open to all”

Thoughts on Community Anchors, volunteering when unemployed

A couple of new sector research documents.

What Works Scotland has a new ‘Think Piece’ on Community Anchors, reflecting on the potential for community anchors to provide locally-led Scottish public service reform.

Available from their publications page, in pdf, 255KB – towards the bottom. (Source:  Senscot bulletin)

Note:  What Works Scotland is a new initiative to improve the way local areas in Scotland use evidence to make decisions about public service development and reform. » Continue reading news item ... “Thoughts on Community Anchors, volunteering when unemployed”

Volunteering for those claiming welfare benefits

A  ‘Guide  to Volunteering’, aimed at people who are claiming welfare benefits in Wales, has been developed by Volunteering Wales and Jobcentre Plus, part of the Department of Work and Pensions.

This follows work by WCVA on building on the working relationships between local Job Centres and Volunteer Centres in North Wales, to develop understanding of  how volunteering can assist the development and progression of people who are seeking work. » Continue reading news item ... “Volunteering for those claiming welfare benefits”

Helping the sector in Scotland employ young people

Community Jobs Scotland, the scheme that funds third sector employers to give work to young people, has opened for registration of potential providers for 2015/16.

In its fifth year, CJS aims to create 1,000 jobs for young people, with a guaranteed duration of 39 weeks for 16 and 17-year-olds or a minimum of 26 weeks for 18 to 24-year-olds. The first stage of the application process for employers is to complete an online form, by noon, 29th June.
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Employing ex-offenders safely and fairly

Nacro, the crime reduction charity, and personnel professionals body CIPD have produced practical guidance for employers on employing ex-offenders. The guide gives tools to recruit safely and fairly, and “to ultimately gain skilled employees from a large and diverse talent pool”.

Over ten million people in the UK have a criminal record, but despite putting the past behind them, too many face barriers to employment.

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Using a ‘data lab’ to help people into work

The Department of Work and Pensions has made a commitment to pilot an Employment Data Lab which will allow charities and other organisations to assess the impact of their interventions and programmes for helping people into employment.

Sector think tank NPC has welcomed the announcement as part of a “data revolution”, which comes 24 months after the successful roll-out of the NPC-designed data lab at the Ministry of Justice. » Continue reading news item ... “Using a ‘data lab’ to help people into work”