The Word on Work
John Says

Futures careers adviser named UK Careers Adviser of the Year

Loughborough based careers adviser Bill Redhead has been named UK Careers Adviser of the Year by the Career Development Institute. He was presented with the award at an event in Cardiff on 9 November. Bill is employed by Futures Advice, Skills and Employment as a National Careers Service adviser. He is part of the Leicestershire team and is based in Loughborough’s Jobcentre Plus office.The service…

Read more | Nov 11, 2015

Focus on family learning helps to support parents and carers into work

Ten thousand Nottingham families who faced social and economic disadvantage have benefited from a ‘family learning’ programme in Nottingham over the last 12 years. The Nottingham City Council-led programme is funded by the Skills Funding Agency and is designed to give parents and carers the skills and confidence they need to help them better support their children. The programme is designed to: improve…

Read more | Nov 03, 2015

European funding transforms lives across the East Midlands

An £847,000 European-funded project to support people facing significant barriers to work or training across the East-Midlands has been genuinely ‘life-changing’ for some participants, an independent evaluation has found. The Futures ESF (European Social Fund) Community Grants Programme (2014-15) funded 66 community and voluntary groups across the East Midlands that play an important role in…

Read more | Oct 20, 2015

Quality careers support for unemployed adults across East Midlands

This month marks the first anniversary of our new three-year contract to deliver the National Careers Service contract across the East Midlands. We’ve supported over 32,000 unemployed adults in that time and last month (September) alone we helped 1800 into work or training.We make it possible for people to realise their career aspirations through the delivery of high quality support. This includes: job…

Read more | Oct 16, 2015

Nicky Morgan MP presents Charnwood College with award for quality student careers support

The Rt. Hon Nicky Morgan MP (Secretary of State for Education, Minister for Women and Equalities), presented Charnwood College near Loughborough with Career Mark - a quality award that recognises a high standard of careers support for students.Career Mark is awarded to schools, colleges and training providers that meet certain quality standards in the provision of careers education, information, advice…

Read more | Oct 16, 2015

Work trials prove popular with new recruits and employer

As part of National Work Experience Week, Futures Advice, Skills and Employment is calling for more employers to follow in its footsteps to use work trials to help engage with young recruits and appoint the right candidates. Larnelle Phillips and Mitchel Chappel have recently been recruited to Futures’ call centre. Both are in their 20s but have come through different education routes. Larnelle (26)…

Read more | Oct 13, 2015

Number of Nottingham 16-year-olds in education or training at all-time high

Nottingham City has improved on last year’s record number of young people who are in education, employment or training (EET).2820 sixteen year olds completed Year 11 last term. Of those: 96.9 per cent went into further education, employment and training - up from 95.1 per cent in 20142.3 per cent (66) are NEET (not in education, employment or training) down from 3.8 per cent in 20140.6 per cent (21)…

Read more | Oct 13, 2015

Judy Naaké backs work experience campaign

Leading business woman and entrepreneur, Judy Naaké, is backing a national campaign to encourage job seekers to get work experience.In 1995 Judy Naaké sold St Tropez from her car boot. She couldn't settle her phone bill and struggled to pay the £5.50 postage to send samples to customers. A little more than a decade later, Naaké, 57, sold her business to venture capitalists for £70m. As one of four…

Read more | Oct 12, 2015

Work experience key to future job prospects

Get as much work experience as you can – is Futures Advice, Skills & Employment’s advice to all jobseekers during National Work Experience Week.Work experience is not just restricted to school students looking for a two-week placement. It can also mean volunteering or taking part-time evening or weekend work. Increasingly, young people, including those who may have considered going to university, are…

Read more | Oct 09, 2015

Jake is a young achiever

Congratulations to Jake Sharp who recently won the Nottingham’s Post Young Achiever of the Year award. Jake was nominated for the award by Futures Advice, Skills and Employment.There are few young people who have faced as many ‘barriers’ to employment as Jake Sharp. Born and raised in Nottingham’s Meadows neighbourhood, he was raised in an unstable household. Jake is diagnosed with the disruptive behaviour…

Read more | Oct 08, 2015

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