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Learning to Work campaign to boost youth employment

Tue, 22/05/2012 - 11:15 -- nick

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has launched a new campaign to help young people into work by changing employers’ engagement with them and creating more opportunities for work experience.

Recent research conducted by the CIPD showed that nearly three in ten employers did not recruit any young people in the last year.

MSPs support Scottish welfare changes

Mon, 21/05/2012 - 13:30 -- nick

Proposed new laws to "limit the impact" of UK-wide welfare reforms in Scotland should be passed, MSPs have said.

A special Holyrood committee said there were "grave concerns" over Westminster plans for a new universal credit.

The Scottish Parliament cannot stop Westminster changing the welfare benefits system.

But Holyrood must pass new legislation to ensure people still have access to certain benefits, after MSPs protested against the UK reforms.

DWP refuses to release Work Programme risk register to Labour

Mon, 21/05/2012 - 13:26 -- nick

The government has refused a Freedom of Information request from Gareth Thomas MP, shadow minister for civil society, to provide him with the risk register that it prepared for the Work Programme.

Thomas revealed that he had submitted the FoI request to DWP at yesterday’s Civil Society Question Time debate on the first two years of the coalition government, organised by Civil Society Media and NCVO and attended by dozens of charity sector chief executives.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling makes statement on A4e

Mon, 21/05/2012 - 13:21 -- nick

Minister for Employment, Chris Grayling:

The DWP's Work Programme providers are required to ensure that stringent controls are in place to guard against fraud and to adhere to high standards of compliance in the operation of our contracts. By its innovative payment by results design, the Work Programme also provides significantly greater protection against fraud than previous employment programmes.

Employers more positive on immediate jobs outlook, says CIPD survey

Thu, 17/05/2012 - 12:47 -- nick

The immediate jobs outlook has turned positive for the first time in more than a year, driven largely by a decrease in redundancy intentions.  This is the main finding of the latest Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)’s quarterly Labour Market Outlook survey of more than 1,000 employers, conducted by YouGov. 

Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant to build new Astra

Thu, 17/05/2012 - 11:08 -- nick

Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port car factory will build at least 160,000 Astra vehicles a year in a deal that secures the future of the plant and should protect and create thousands of jobs.

Owner General Motors announced it will invest £125m in the plant and spend about £1bn in the UK supply chain.

It was feared that Ellesmere could shut under a GM restructuring plan that may still see a European plant close.

Vauxhall chairman Duncan Aldred said it was an "historic" day.