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  • 30 hours education a week for young offenders
    15 December 2014

    The government is tackling the root cause of youth crime with an unprecedented package of education and training for young offenders, Justice Minister Andrew Selous announced today.

    New and improved education contracts for under-18s in 4 young offender institutions (YOIs) awarded today will double the amount of hours young people spend in classes.

    The contracts will provide the same high quality of education as mainstream schools and colleges, including classroom teaching and vocational education with routes into apprenticeships. Maths, English and computing will all be taught along with tailored learning packages, physical education and work experience.

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  • Interserve Acquires ESG for 25m
    06 December 2014

    Interserve has acquired the Sheffield based Employment & Skills Group (ESG) from Ares Capital, for a cash consideration of 25 million.

    ESG are a national provider of apprenticeships as well as being a DWP Work Programme prime contractor in the West Midlands. They also provide vocational training at three new further education colleges in Saudi Arabia under the Kingdoms Colleges of Excellence programme.

    Interserve previously acquired Business Employment Services Training (BEST), a Work Programme prime contractor in West Yorkshire, in 2012, rebranding this operation as Interserve Working Futures. They also collaborated with the Rehab Group to form Rehab Jobfit, a Work Programme prime contractor in the South West and Wales.

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  • Driverless cars: 4 cities get green light for everyday trials
    03 December 2014

    10 million of funding from Innovate UK has given the green light for testing innovative driverless cars in the real world.

    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced the funding today (Wednesday 3 December) as part of the governments Autumn Financial Statement.

    The following 4 cities will run formal trials that will last between 18 and 36 months from January 2015:

    • Greenwich, South East London
    • Milton Keynes and Coventry (working together as one project)
    • Bristol

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  • Career offices not doing enough to help students look for jobs
    28 November 2014

    Only 17% of students claim that their careers officers were helpful in their search for a graduate job, according to a survey by Kloodle.

    Three in ten revealed that they had never received any contact with their careers departments and just 49% would welcome them being more visible at university.

    The survey also highlights the lack of innovation behind this clear disconnect with 51% of students insisting that they would welcome their careers service being more innovative when it came to job search advice.

    Phil Hayes, founder and CEO of Kloodle, believes that although more should be done by career offices to assist students in their search for a job, the departments need greater prominence within the university.

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  • 'Degree apprenticeships' launched to plug the digital skills gap
    26 November 2014

    New "degree apprenticeships" will be launched to help young people gain a full degree while working with no tuition fees, the government will announce today.

    The first of the new qualifications will be available in the digital sector to help provide the skills for a wide range of careers and to help fill the estimated 1 million digital job vacancies over the next decade.

    The fully-integrated degrees, which will test both academic learning and on-the-job practical training, have been co-created by leading technology companies and top universities.

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  • Iain Duncan Smith says youth employment centre MyGo is a real success for Ipswich
    24 November 2014

    The Secretary of State for work and pensions Iain Duncan Smith has recently taken a tour today of Ipswichs new youth unemployment centre, MyGo, delivered by EOS.

    The centre, based in Fraser House, offers 16 to 24-year-olds free training, career and employment support, and is the first of its kind in the UK.

    Ipswich MP Ben Gummer and Mr Duncan Smith were shown around the centre and met MyGo coaches and young people using the facilities.

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  • New figures show sharp fall in number of young people NEET
    20 November 2014

    The number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) for 2014's summer months returned to levels not seen since 2007.

    The number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) in England has fallen to its lowest level for the July to September period since 2007, according to official figures published today (20 November 2014).

    The quarterly figures show a fall of 136,000 young people NEET compared to the same period last year, continuing a general downward trend under this government since 2011.

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  • Adult Directions and WorkTrack the perfect partnership for employment support and guidance
    17 November 2014

    While unemployment is falling, there is continued debate about how effective employment support projects are in helping people into sustainable, fulfilling employment and/or training.

    A big challenge is delivering the right support at the right time for each jobseeker. And as every adviser knows, offering differentiated support can be time intensive and expensive.

    Those clients closest to the labour market need very different support to those who face significant barriers to finding work or who need more nurturing to enable them to view opportunities positively.

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  • Muller to acquire Dairy Crest dairies in 80m deal
    06 November 2014

    Dairy Crest has agreed to sell its dairies operation to Muller UK & Ireland Group in a deal worth 80m.

    The sale - subject to approval from competition authorities, Dairy Crests shareholders and an employee consultation - will see Muller acquire Dairy Crests fresh liquid milk, flavoured milk (including the Frijj brand), bulk and potted cream, bulk butter and milk powder businesses.

    Muller will also take over Dairy Crests dairy facilities at Severnside, Chadwell Heath, Foston and Hanworth together with around 70 depots.

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  • Research findings: School Leaver Barometer 2014
    20 October 2014

    CASCAID and GTI Media, with a combined total of more than 65 years experience of careers information and guidance, on Wednesday 15 October, revealed the findings of a survey of 7,000 school and college students from years 10-13: the trendence School Leaver Barometer.

    The research found that school students were more satisfied than dissatisfied with the availability and quality of careers guidance and information available, and they were also positive about the amount of employer contact they received.

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  • Seetec & Turas Nua win Irish JobPath Contracts
    14 October 2014

    The Government in the Republic of Ireland has announced its preferred bidders for its first nationwide contracted employment programme. The Department of Social Protection (DSP) selected Seetec and a consortium known as Turas Nua, comprising Irish recruiter FRS Recruitment (a co-operative recruitment company based in Roscrea) and Working Links, to run the new JobPath programme.

    Seetec will operate in the northern half of the country including towns and cities such as Dublin, Galway, Sligo and Dundalk. Turas Nua will operate in the southern half of the country including towns and cities such as Cork, Limerick, and Waterford. Both providers are expected to work with a range of local subcontractors, including local training companies and Local Employment Service (LES) providers.

    The JobPath scheme, which will begin in the first half of 2015, will target over 150,000 people classified as long-term jobless, in being unemployed for more than 12 months. JobPath will be operate on a Payment by Results model, meaning operators will receive payments for delivering sustainable employment outcomes.

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  • Staffline wins 7m employment services contract in Suffolk
    03 October 2014

    Stafflines subsidiary EOS has been awarded a two-year contract worth up to 7m with Suffolk County Council to provide an employment service for young people.

    The contract, which is entirely funded by the Department for Work and Pensions, will see EOS work in partnership with charity Tomorrows People to get 16-24-year-olds into employment or back into education or training.

    This represents a different approach to that taken by EOS services in Northern Ireland and the Midlands, to which people are referred only when they have been out of work for 12 months.

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  • Pizza Express entrepreneur Hugh Osmond buys Strada restaurants
    28 September 2014

    Hugh Osmond, the investor who took Pizza Express public in 1993, is returning his tastes to Italian food with a 37m acquisition of Strada, the high street restaurant chain.

    Sun Capital Partners, the private equity investment vehicle, has agreed to buy 43 Strada locations from Tragus Group, which also owns the Caf Rouge and Bella Italia brands.

    Mr Osmond plans to rejuvenate Strada, turning it into an all-day hub - for coffee dates, work meetings or going on your own - rather than just a dinner venue.

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  • No tracking of traineeship job outcomes
    05 September 2014

    The government has admitted it did not ask providers to keep a record of whether traineeships resulted in learners moving into a job or apprenticeship last year. An FE Week freedom of information request to the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has uncovered that it was not tracking learner progression for the first year of the governments flagship youth unemployment programme.

    It is only from this academic year that the SFA requires traineeship providers to record outcomes such as progression into work as part of the individualised learning record returns.

    But the revelation that there is no data with which to judge the progression success of last years traineeships has triggered fierce criticism from Liberal Democrat Lady Sharp (pictured), an economist who is the partys spokesperson on FE in the Lords.

    She said the SFA was not living up to its own standards, and called for answers about why the information was not collected in the first year.

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  • New analysis finds 90% of London Universal Jobmatch vacancies are agency listings
    05 September 2014

    DWPs job search site, Universal Jobmatch (UJM), has come in for a great deal of criticism since it began in 2012. Almost immediately after its launch reporters found ads on UJM for contract killings, drug couriers, and internet babe chat, lending credence to concerns that the site would fill with fake jobs.

    This might seem like a bit of a joke, but remember that UJM is a key part of DWPs jobseekers regime, and that people are being sanctioned and losing their benefits for failing to use the site.

    Concerns over UJM have not gone away. Channel 4 reported this month on a leaked National Audit Office document which found that there is no formal guidance on the depth or nature of DWPs checks on companies using UJM.

    So, how reliable are UJM listings in London? Not very.

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  • Secure College development drives local jobs and growth in Leicestershire
    04 September 2014

    Companies have been able to showcase their products and services to preferred bidder Wates Construction, which has committed to 70% of construction appointments going to local businesses. There is also a commitment to create 32 apprenticeships, 30 new jobs and 24 work placements for local schoolchildren, giving a great financial boost to the region.

    Attending the showcase event in Leicester, Justice Minister Andrew Selous said:

    "The development of the Secure College will give a massive boost to the local economy in Leicestershire."

    "Thousands of pounds will be spent with small businesses ranging from carpentry to brick-work to landscaping, providing valuable jobs and training for apprentices."

    "This innovative approach will not only transform the landscape of youth custody, but will also give local businesses the opportunity to expand and be part of an important and exciting new project."

    "The event will allow local SMEs to demonstrate what they can offer in a variety of trades including lift installation, painting and decorating, signage and steelwork."

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  • Economic recovery boosts nations job confidence
    01 September 2014

    The most recent National Careers Service Job Confidence Index shows that the nations job confidence has been steadily increasing, since the Index was first released in August 2013.

    4 out of 5 people (80%) became more job confident or maintained the same confidence levels in their job and ability to find work, an increase of 6 percentage points compared to last year.

    Economic recovery has proved to be the main driver for job confidence, with 58% attributing their increase in confidence to the improving economic climate. This is an increase of 16 percentage points from 42% in August 2013.

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  • Giving young people the chance they deserve
    29 August 2014

    In a new report, Future possible, the CBI highlights that there is more to do to get young people into work.

    With employment up and unemployment down, the jobs market is improving. However, while youth unemployment has also been falling, there are still enough young unemployed people to fill Wembley Stadium just over eight times.

    This simply isnt good enough young people represent the UKs growth pipeline and the damaging effects of a period out of work early on in working life are well known. Thats why in Future possible the CBI outlines the practical ways in which business and government must expand their efforts to help young people get into and stay in work.

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  • Fall in youth unemployment welcome but more must be done, UKCES claims
    13 August 2014

    UK Commission for Employment and Skills welcomes new findings on youth unemployment, but claims much work is still to be done to tackle the problem.

    The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has today welcomed new publications from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), highlighting the barriers which continue to prevent young people from finding ways into work.

    The IPPR report suggests that even a full-blown economic recovery is unlikely to solve the problem of youth unemployment in the UK, reflecting recent research from UKCES showing just under half a million young people still need to find work for youth unemployment rates to return to pre-recession levels.

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  • Secretary of State for Education visits leading careers support company
    11 August 2014

    CASCAiD Ltd, creators of online careers inspiration resources, were delighted to welcome Secretary of State for Education and local MP Nicky Morgan to their offices recently.

    During the visit, Nicky heard about the exciting work that the Loughborough University owned company is doing to support schools throughout the country and beyond to encourage young people to explore future careers, learning and training options.

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  • Payment-by-results pilots on track for success
    08 August 2014

    Promising first results from ground-breaking pilots at Doncaster and Peterborough prisons were welcomed by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling today.

    The pilot schemes, which are testing a new way of rehabilitating offenders where providers are only paid for results, have shown marked falls in reoffending. This new approach has seen the private, public and voluntary sectors working hand-in-hand to crack the stubborn cycle of reoffending by giving offenders targeted through-the-gate support on release.

    Results at Peterborough, where offenders sentenced to less than 12 months are getting unprecedented resettlement support on release, show an 8.4% fall in the number of times offenders are convicted of further offences within a year of release, compared to a national comparison group. These encouraging results put the social investors who are funding the project on course for a payment in 2016.

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  • Government website plagued with bogus and duplicated job ads
    08 August 2014

    Universal Jobmatch is no ordinary job board - jobseekers can be stripped of their benefits for not using it, writes Ed Howker.

    But all this year, Channel 4 News has been looking into problems on the site, which is plagued with bogus, duplicated or inappropriate job ads.

    Now, we have exclusively obtained a 10-page document by the National Audit Office (NAO) entitled "The Universal Jobmatch system and bogus and non-compliant postings", which states that "there is no formal guidance on the depth or nature" of the checks performed on firms advertising on the Jobmatch service.

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  • Apple Teams Up With IBM For Huge, Expansive Enterprise Push
    28 July 2014

    Apple has announced a strategic partnership with IBM that will see the enterprise giant transfer over 150 of their enterprise and IT apps and tools to Apple platforms natively, and will also have IBM selling Apple iPhones and iPads to its business clients all over the world. In an interview with CNBC, Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Virginia Rometty both told the network that Apple and IBM are like puzzle pieces that fit perfectly together.

    We knew that we needed to have a partner that deeply understood each of the verticals, Cook told CNBC. That had scale, that had a lot of dirt under their fingernails so to speak from really understanding each of these verticals and we found a kindred spirit in IBM.

    Apple touts the access the partnership gives them to IBMs big data and analytics capabilities, and talks about how the apps that it produces with IBM will be developed from the ground up for iPhone and iPad. These apps will supplement new cloud services aimed at iOS specifically, including security and analytics solutions, and device management tools for large-scale MDM deployments.

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  • Its official mobile is here to stay
    16 July 2014

    Can you find enough Stylists, Pioneers or Jugglers to fill your mobile specialist vacancies? If not, youre not alone: jobs for such mobile specialists are booming as financial service providers increasingly look to put in place mobile payment options, the former head of mobile banking at RBS told a London audience on Wednesday.

    Speaking at the 2012 CW Jobs breakfast briefing, Michael Nuciforo said that banks were recruiting IT professionals working outside the banking sector with experience in industries as wide-ranging as transport, media and e-commerce.

    The exploding app economy will see a doubling over the next year of the current 40,000 UK jobs already connected with mobile technology, Nuciforo predicted.

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  • Thousands more school leavers choosing apprenticeships
    04 July 2014

    New figures from local authorities reveal the proportion of school leavers embarking on apprenticeships has risen by more than 15% in just 1 year.

    The data shows that apprenticeships, which now offer real jobs and training to develop the practical skills and experience that businesses want, are becoming increasingly popular with 16- and 17-year-olds.

    The figures, collected from local authorities, reveal that in March this year compared to March 2013:

    - 15% more 16- and 17-year-olds are in apprenticeships - up from 41,738 last year to 49,228 this year

    - 27,832 more 16- and 17-year-olds are participating in education or training - up from 1,030,689 last year to 1,058,521 this year

    - 8 out of 9 regions in England reported higher rates of young people in education or training compared to last year

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  • Government outlines how technology can benefit further education
    16 June 2014

    Matthew Hancock has announced government plans to boost technology in order to improve further education.

    Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock has announced how the government plans to boost technology in order to improve further education. This includes a 5 million fund to upgrade the broadband network in colleges in 2014 to 2015, allowing them to introduce cloud sharing technologies.

    Speaking at The Spectators Skills Forum, he outlined the government response to a report published by FELTAG (Further Education Learning Technology Action Group).

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  • Stop sending out boring resumes
    16 June 2014

    Influence in day-to-day life is hard enough to achieve, let alone execute on paper.

    I have written and read more resumes than I would care to admit. As a CEO, for some years now, it is only read mode for me.

    More than anything, it is clear that people have lost the art of creative (but honest) writing and influencing the reader to want more. Somehow, people have learnt to surgically remove their personality from their resume. Each time I begin to read one, I brace myself for another inhumane, chronological account of a professional existence.

    I want to share an irony: the employer, me, is sifting through a multiple number of resumes looking for difference, when the prospective employees are serving up the same. Similarly structured resumes littered with the same words, conservatively framed, safe and, to be honest, mostly boring.

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  • Male employees win landmark sex discrimination case
    09 June 2014

    Eighteen men who won a landmark multiple sex discrimination case against a Welsh university have been awarded £460,000 in back pay.

    In an employment tribunal earlier this year, the caretakers and maintenance workers at University of Wales St David (UWTSD) successfully claimed that they were being paid less than their female colleagues, employed as secretaries and office workers, on an identical pay grade.

    After six weeks of financial calculations, each of the 18 men have now received between £27,000 and £31,000, covering six years service, including pension entitlement.

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  • Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Cumbria and Lancashire ESF 2013/15 Funded NEET Provision
    22 May 2014

    LANCASHIRE County Council has successfully won a two-year contract to support young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

    The bid for the European Social Fund (ESF) funding was led by Lancashire County Council and covers the adjoining local authority areas of Blackburn, Blackpool and Cumbria. Nearly 2m will be spent to support 1000 young people across these areas between the ages of 14 and 19. The money will also be used to support people with disabilities or learning disabilities up to the age of 24, who are NEET or are at risk of becoming NEET.

    Under the contract the county council will work with key partner organisations including further education colleges, work-based learning providers and voluntary and community groups. Young people will be involved in learning and partners will work with them to keep them engaged and support their progress into further education or employment with training.

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  • Kaonix Continues to Expand
    14 May 2014

    Due to continued unprecedented demand, Kaonix has doubled the size of its development team over the last 6 months.

    Demand is not only from companies looking to implement our fully configurable applicant tracking and recruitment system (ATS) and fully responsive career-sites but also from colleges, councils, local authorities and housing associations wanting to implement our suite of software products that help students and the unemployed identify and apply for relevant local job opportunities.

    As a number of our new staff live in and around the Greater Manchester area, we asked them where they would prefer the new offices to be located. Everyone responded that they all wanted to work in Bolton and as a result we have re-located to new larger offices at the beautiful heritage St Georges House building right in the heart of Bolton town centre.

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  • Thames Tideway Tunnel and Government join forces to encourage women in engineering
    07 May 2014

    One of the UKs biggest infrastructure projects is working with Government to encourage women to shape Londons infrastructure for the 22nd century.

    Thames Tideway Tunnel has pledged to help boost the number of women in engineering and technology in support of the Cabinet Offices Your Life campaign, which launched today (Wednesday, May 7).

    According to the Adam Smith Institute, only 11 per cent of the construction workforce is female. Thames Tideway Tunnel will work in partnership with educators, industry and government to increase this number, supporting national aspirations to get 30 per cent of undergraduates studying Engineering and Technology to be women by 2030.

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  • Primary school children 'to be given basic careers advice'
    02 May 2014

    Children as young as five will be given basic careers guidance to boost their chances of getting a job when they grow up.

    Primary schools will be encouraged to give children access to a network of volunteers such as carpenters, demolition experts, archaeologists and zoologists to give them a grounding in the world of work, it was revealed.

    The National Association of Head Teachers is launching the programme as part of a bid to widen primary children's horizons.

    The move comes amid concerns that large numbers of children are currently leaving school at the age of 18 without a job, college or university place.

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  • Traineeships can provide young people with the skills employers want
    11 April 2014

    A new poll out today indicates that traineeships can give young people the skills and work experience to help them get a job.

    Traineeships can provide young people with the skills employers want Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock with Virgin Media trainees and apprentices. The ICM Research survey shows that providing opportunities for young people to develop their interview skills and get some work experience under their belts, could help them secure employment.

    Over half (59%) of the employers polled said they had hired young people into entry level positions in the last five years, with 54% of these saying this was because the young recruit had prepared well for the interview.

    Furthermore, 2 in every 5 of all employers surveyed said they would be more likely to recruit a young person or school leaver who had done at least 6 weeks high quality work experience.

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  • Online Recruitment Jobboard, CareerBuilder Acquires Broadbean
    02 April 2014

    CareerBuilder has announced that it is acquiring Broadbean , a leader in job distribution, candidate sourcing and big data analytics software. The latest step in CareerBuilder's evolution as the premiere HR Software as a Service (SaaS) provider, the acquisition will bring recruiters and HR managers a faster, more convenient and more cost-effective way to acquire talent.

    CareerBuilder purchased Broadbean from Daily Mail and General Trust plc for an undisclosed sum.

    The acquisition unites two technology companies who have made it their business to change the game for recruitment. CareerBuilder specializes in talent management software and deep labor market intelligence that can tell employers anything they need to know about talent supplies, compensation and local workforce dynamics. The company has a presence in more than 60 markets around the world and operates the largest online job board in the U.S.

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  • Therese Rein set for $151m payday after selling Ingeus
    01 April 2014

    Therese Rein is due a multimillion-dollar payday after selling her multinational jobseeker company Ingeus to a US employment firm in a deal worth as much as $US206 million ($222 million).

    The wife of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has struck a deal with the Nasdaq-listed Providence Service Corporation that could see her personally earn up to $US140 million ($151 million) in cash and shares if certain performance targets are met.

    According to a statement released on Tuesday morning by Providence, Ms Rein has agreed to stay on as managing director of Ingeus for at least five years as part of an "earn out" with management.

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  • Ministers need to get a grip on Universal Jobmatch fraud, says Field
    06 March 2014

    Labour MP Frank Field has demanded that government ministers "get a grip" on the governments Universal Jobmatch site "before more people fall victim to fraudsters preying on them".

    Fields comments came after the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) said it is contacting 179 Universal Jobmatch account holders, advertising 352,569 jobs about potential breaches of the sites terms and conditions

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  • Why is government website carrying fake jobs?
    14 February 2014

    The government's Jobmatch website is carrying bogus vacancies from nine online recruitment agencies run by a Baptist deacon in Coventry, who makes money by encouraging visitors to post their CVs.

    More than 11,000 positions currently advertised on the government's Universal Jobmatch website may be bogus, an investigation by Channel 4 News has found.

    Read the full article on the Channel 4 News web site.

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  • McVey urges employers to take on young talent pool
    12 February 2014

    Latest analysis shows more than 3,000 young people a month have been given a career opportunity through work experience since 2011.

    Read the full article on the GOV.UK web site.

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  • 10 millionth milestone has sweet smell of success
    05 February 2014

    A system that has revolutionised the employment market and saved some of the UKs biggest companies millions of pounds in recruitment costs has processed its 10 millionth job application. The web-cruit system, developed by Midlands-based Kaonix, is used by major companies including Halfords and Johnson Matthey to enhance their recruitment processes.

    Read the full article on the BQ magazine web site.

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  • Do children's toys influence their career choices?
    27 January 2014

    A government minister says gender-specific toys harm girls' career opportunities. But how much do the toys children play with shape their future prospects in the job market?

    Read the full story on the BBC news web site.

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