Labour suggests higher benefits for older jobseekers

Mon, 24/06/2013 - 14:06 -- nick

The Labour party has begun to flesh out some of its unemployment policies.

Last week Ed Miliband gave a speech in which he set out some of the bare bones, including a three-year benefit cap, support for the living wage, and higher benefits for those who have paid National Insurance for at least 5 years.

Today Labour's work and pensions spokesman, Liam Byrne, has identified older workers as particular victims of the economic downturn.

New Independent Case Examiner appointed at DWP

Tue, 02/04/2013 - 17:43 -- nick

A new Independent Case Examiner (ICE) has been appointed by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Joanna Wallace started her new job yesterday, and has come from a healthcare background, with roles including Chief Executive of the Christie NHS Trust Manchester and Director of Spire Manchester Hospital.

Her lack of experience in the employment sector will concern those jobseekers who rely on the ICE to resolve complaints about their treatment.

Thousands queue for shopping centre jobs

Tue, 02/04/2013 - 16:53 -- nick

The commitment of unemployed people to looking for work was shown again on Wednesday when over 4,000 queued up for jobs at a new shopping centre.

The Whitely Shopping Centre in Hampshire is opening in April, and a recruitment fair at the Solent Hotel attracted the crowd, with 2,300 pre-registering.

The Hotel was so chock-a-block with jobseekers that organisers had to implement a 'one-in-one-out' policy, leaving hundreds outside in record low March temperatures.

The mall will have 56 shops, the biggest being a Harvester with 45 vacancies.

Young people forced in to work experience

Tue, 13/11/2012 - 17:01 -- nick

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced a new work experience pilot for young people in Derbyshire.

Designed and run by the local Jobcentre Plus, the scheme will target around 2,000 18 to 24 year olds in the district who have been on Jobseekers Allowance for more than six months, yet have gained little or no recent work experience. They will have to take part in an eight week programme, will be expected to do 30 hours of work for the benefit of their communities and will also receive six hours of intensive job seeking support per week.

Welsh jobseekers offered free spray tans

Mon, 05/11/2012 - 16:49 -- nick

Jobseekers in the Welsh town of Aberdare are being offered free spray tans.

Jobcentre staff are sending them to the town's Wellbeing and Training Academy for the treatments and makeovers, which are provided for free as part of the Academy's training schemes.

Sarah Sweeden, director of the Academy, said they were happy to give the makeover and free spray tans to genuine jobseekers.

She said: “We want to give people that extra confidence – or that Gok Wan makeover – to give people the incentive to find work.

How not to get a job...

Tue, 30/10/2012 - 18:49 -- nick

Recruitment software company Bullhorn have carried out a survey of recruitment consultants to find out what actions are most likely to stop applicants getting a job from them. Anyone looking for a job should read this excellent Telegraph write up of it. Some of the advice is contradictory but that only shows that where human beings are involved there is no one right answer.

Some of the advice should be put in to practice by all jobseekers straight away:

33,000 more places on New Enterprise Allowance scheme

Fri, 19/10/2012 - 12:33 -- nick

33,000 more jobseekers are to be provided with places on the government's New Enterprise Allowance scheme.

The scheme, which provides expert coaching and financial support, will be extended and made far easier to access, in a bid to get behind those who have the determination to start up their own business.

People will now have instant access to support when they claim Jobseekers Allowance, ending the six month long wait people have to currently spend on benefits before they qualify for start-up money.



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