Joe Alekna and his Workforce team recently scaled the heights of the Yorkshire Dales by taking part in the popular Three Peaks Challenge. Joe, Inna Shipley, Jennifer Wheeler, Anton Delli-Bovi and Jacob Beard all took on the challenge to raise money for Primrose Hospice, one of our chosen charities. They completed the challenge in 10 hours and 30 minutes and were delighted not just with the time, but to finish too!
The challenge was hard going for the team they had a lot of ups and downs trying to stay motivated and keep on going through the pain. The team pulled through sticking by each other’s side making sure that everyone carried on pushing.
Joe, said: “Our small group kept each other going through some difficult conditions but to walk the tallest mountains in Yorkshire was a brilliant experience. It felt great to finish on time and raise £1,000 for a charity which achieves so much for people.”
Unemployment fell to 1.53m in the quarter to April, the lowest since records began in 1975, according to official figures.
The figures, released this morning, reveals unemployment over the period fell by 50,000 with the rate remaining at 4.6%, while the employment rate reached a new high of 74.8% – also at record levels.
Commenting on the figures, Recruitment & Employment Confederation CEO Kevin Green described a jobs market that continues to perform above expectations: “There are 372,000 more people in work compared to a year ago, and the proportion of the population participating in the labour market is at a record high.
“This is good news, but there are pressing challenges for employers. Our data shows that employers are struggling to fill jobs because of labour, skill and talent shortages.
“Clearly, employers will be thinking about contingency plans if they can’t find the people they need in the UK. The government’s role should be to help businesses by building a balanced immigration system. We also want to see a rethink on the Apprenticeship Levy so that it goes beyond training people at the start of their careers and enables life-long learning.”
Meanwhile Neil Carberry, business body the CBI’s director of employment and skills, said decent employment growth remains an encouraging feature of the UK economy, underlining the importance of maintaining a flexible and fair labour market, but added: “Weak pay growth, against the backdrop of rising inflation, means that people’s pay packets won’t stretch as far, which is already hitting living standards.
“Therefore politicians need to put the economy front and centre, create stability and ensure the EU negotiations get off to a positive start. In the longer term, we must fix the foundations of our economy by improving productivity growth through meaningful progress on a modern industrial strategy, with real change on the ground in skills, infrastructure and innovation.”
Meanwhile careers board Jobsite CEO Nick Gold said it was no surprise to see unemployment numbers continue to fall, with vacancy numbers thriving in the second quarter of 2017.
“Despite jobseekers having more choice, we’re still seeing job application numbers continue to increase at a significant rate. This is great news for recruiters because it means there is a larger pool of talent to choose from and ultimately this creates a sustainable environment for business growth.”
Meanwhile Mariano Mamertino, EMEA economist at global job site Indeed, said each successive fall in unemployment is looking like an “ever more hollow” victory.
“For several months – and throughout the election campaign – the greatest concern over the labour market has shifted from those who are out of work to those who are in work, and how their living standards are being steadily squeezed.
“Nevertheless there is hope. The rate of job creation continues to impress and inactivity rates are falling. With employment rates at their highest level since records began, employers in many sectors are competing hard to secure the best talent.”
But John Salt, director at Totaljobs, described this latest fall in unemployment as testament to the robustness of the job market: “This is the latest triumph for the UK job market, which has proved its metal in the face of great change these past 12 months. Brexit, a change in prime minister and a snap election have done little to halt consistently positive numbers for UK unemployment.
“As we watch to see how the newly formed government will fare in the Brexit negotiations, continued flexibility is important for candidates and employers alike as we all get used to our new circumstances. In the next 12 months, employment policies that encourage businesses to keep on hiring will be more important than ever in sustaining our falling unemployment rate.”
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Nine in ten UK employers (89 per cent) will increase or maintain their temporary workforce in the next three months, according to a survey by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC). This is a rise of nine percentage points compared to findings reported in March (80 per cent), suggesting that businesses may become increasingly reliant on temporary workers.
The increasing demand for temporary workers appears to be in response to falling availability of candidates to fill permanent vacancies. Following the publication of official data showing that UK unemployment has fallen to 4.6 per cent (the lowest level since 1975) this month’s Jobs Outlook survey of 606 employers reveals:
a third (33 per cent) report having no spare workforce capacity within their organisation
nearly half (46 per cent) anticipate a shortage of candidates to fill permanent roles in the next year, with construction, engineering & technical, and health & social care highlighted as particular areas of concern
of those that use temporary workers, 65 per cent do so to manage peaks in demand, 57 per cent need them to respond to growth, and 48 per cent say they want to gain access to key strategic skills.
The increased use of temporary workers may have a financial burden for some businesses, with one in five (19 per cent) claiming that agency workers earn more than permanent staff in equivalent roles.
REC chief executive Kevin Green says:
“This looks like a tipping point for the jobs market. Faced with chronic skills shortages, some employers are giving up on trying to fill permanent vacancies, and instead looking for temp resource to ensure they have the manpower needed to meet demand.
“For jobseekers this means there are opportunities out there to boost earnings, because employers are prepared to pay a premium for people to fill vacancies on an interim basis. We could see this become a more attractive option for people in the context of rising inflation and poor pay growth.
“For employers there is a growing sense of urgency about the skills shortage because it threatens to throw the UK jobs market off track. Whichever party forms a government after 8 June, we need to see action to improve the employability and skills of our young people, and to improve inclusion with underrepresented groups. We also need an immigration system which reflects the reality that more not fewer people from abroad are needed to boost the capacity of the UK workforce.”
In February we sponsored a business Lunch to help raise money for Primrose Hospice, in total we managed to raise a significant amount for Primrose Hospice – whilst donating money to the charity ourselves
Amongst the 120 guests at Grafton Manor was Bromsgrove MP and Secretary of State for Communities Sajid Javid, who took questions on a variety of business topics in a session chaired by BBC presenter, Joanne Malin.
Joe Alekna, the Managing Director, also spoke about how we are planning to give further support to the hospice over the coming months.
Joe said: “This is a new partnership between Workforce and Primrose Hospice, which provides essential care to people and their families at what is a very difficult time. We are planning to hold more events to help raise as much money as possible for a great local charity.”
Kate Kelly, corporate fundraising manager at Primrose Hospice, said: “The Business Lunch was a fantastic event which has given us a much-needed fundraising boost. We are very grateful to Workforce for their support. Everyone who attended donated so generously.”
Primrose Hospice needs £1.75 million every year to keep running all its services, but gets less than a fifth of its funding from the NHS. The charity relies heavily on voluntary donations. It offers a Day Hospice, Home Service and Family Support.
The turn of a new year brings with it many opportunities, and there has never been a better time to look at your own personal development. Whether you are looking to build confidence, up-skill, or train to get back into employment; Workforce run a number of courses to help support your professional growth.
Just starting out? For those of you just beginning your careers, our ICT Level 3 apprenticeship offers the opportunity to learn, earn and gain valuable experience in the world of work. If you are 16-18 years of age, this national qualification mixes practical experience in the workplace, and theory-based learning one day a week at one of our specialist training centers. An apprenticeship is a great way to enjoy a successful start to your working career, whilst building confidence and providing valuable knowledge of core ICT principles. We also offer training opportunities in;
Leadership & Management
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For the sports fans…
Finally, we offer a range of funded vocational courses through Olympus College – one of the UK’s leading training and education providers. Courses include Personal Training, Sports Massage, Hair and Beauty, and Nail Technology. Our tutors provide the ultimate learning experience; enabling students to gain confidence, learn new skills and prepare for an exciting career ahead! Find out more information about the range of courses, and register your interest here.
So, there you have it – a quick look into some of the exciting opportunities on offer here at Workforce. Our friendly and helpful team are available to discuss your requirements, call us on 01527 509000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Workforce are very pleased to be sponsoring the Primrose Hospice Business Networking Lunch, taking place at 1pm on Friday 10th February.
The lunch will be attended by Bromsgrove MP and Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government Sajid Javid, and hosted by the BBC’s Joanne Malin.
The two course lunch will be a fantastic opportunity to network, all in the lovely surroundings of the Grafton Manor Hotel, Bromsgrove, whilst raising money for a fantastic cause. Tickets to the event are selling very quickly!
Tickets to the event cost £30 and include lunch and a welcome drink. To book your tickets please contact Sam Clarkson on 01527 509000 or email@example.com.
A former Big Issue seller has been given the chance to build a new career with support from our Redditch Team.
Iosif-Lulian Keller, who sold the magazine for 18 months in Redditch town centre, has secured a job with Redditch point-of-sale producer SP Group thanks to our friendly and helpful team.
The 28-year-old Romanian is now working in the distribution department at SP Group’s base in the town’s Ravensbank Business Park, helping to package and distribute point of sale displays for some of the high street’s biggest retailers.
Inna Shipley, branch manager in Redditch, said: “Iosif had been selling the Big Issue near our offices for the past year or so and during lunch hour we all gradually got to know him better and built great relationships with him.
“Some of our team eventually found out more about his career aspirations and how he was keen to further himself in a career here in the UK.
“Iosif jumped at the chance of some free career advice and the opportunity to be matched with a potential employer.
“He is a fantastic person so we were delighted to be able to help him into a role with SP Group, one of the area’s most respected employers.
“The job has helped him turn a corner in his life and we were really touched when he came to see us recently and brought us some chocolates to celebrate his birthday.”
WRAP sessions helping in the fight against extremism By Andy Hollinson, Workforce Training
Our Workforce Training division is proud to be accredited by the Home Office to deliver training sessions as part of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy, Prevent.
‘WRAP’, workshops designed to raise awareness of Prevent, are an introduction to the Whitehall-led Prevent strategy and help to spell out the role people and businesses can play in safeguarding vulnerable people when it comes to radicalization and extremism. Our team at Workforce deliver the training to our staff, our partners, and in schools. These are workshops, designed by the government, which focus on:
An understanding of the Prevent strategy
The ability to recognise vulnerable individuals
Referral mechanisms and key contacts for help and adviceOur partnership with police forces have been vital to help our Options team deliver the WRAP training – sessions we are delivering for free across the Midlands region.
In today’s ever-changing world it’s vital people are up-to-date with the government’s work to deter and detect extremism so we see the WRAP training as an increasingly important programme.
We’re delighted to be part of it and to play such a trusted, key role.
Andy Hollinson is Operations Director for Workforce Training.
A get together for family and friends turned into a major fundraiser to support a local disabled girl and her family.
A group of four kind-hearted friends who were planning a party decided to raise money for a good cause and support The Mia Foundation, established by Warwickshire recruitment and training experts, eResponse Group.
Annie Neil, her sister Sandra Starkey, niece Amy Lewis and friend Nickie Brightwell were all inspired by the story of eight-year-old Mia Williams, from Rugby, who needs vital alterations to be made to her home to help her live with her disabilities.
They read about the work of the foundation and its aim to raise £55,000 for Mia, in the Rugby Advertiser.
The ladies’ donation, raised from a New Year’s Eve party at Rugby Workers Club, came to £2,200 and gives a huge boost towards fundraising efforts.
Mia was born without eyes and also has cerebral palsy and epilepsy. She has to be carried upstairs and needs daily support but eResponse are raising funds to help her parents Dean and Fran to adapt their home.
eResponse Group, based in Valley Drive, has already raised more than £15,000 through various events including a charity fun day at Ragley Hall in Alcester.
Paul Alekna, managing director of eResponse Group, said: “We won’t stop until we get to the £55,000 for Mia. For a group of strangers to do this for her really is something special and everyone here at eResponse are so grateful for what Annie, Sandra, Amy and Nickie have done.”
The ladies got in touch with eResponse to explain their plans and then sent out letters and emails, as well as visiting local businesses to ask for prizes for a tombola.
Donations included a week in a two-bedroom apartment in Cyprus, which was auctioned off to the highest bidder. Mia and her parents also stopped by to say thank you.
Mrs Neil said: “Initially it just started as a party for friends and family to get together. But after we booked the venue we decided it would be a great way to raise money for a good cause.
“We wanted to do it for a local cause that does not get as much attention as the big national charities. And when we read about Mia it touched all our hearts and spurred us on. I would like to thank everyone involved. We couldn’t have done it without all the help we had from family members to get everything in place for the big night.”