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  • Bradford Broadway: New £260m shopping centre opens
    05 November 2015

    A new £260m shopping centre has opened in Bradford - more than a decade after construction first started on the site.

    Work began in 2004, but halted in 2008 because of the global financial crisis, resulting in the site being dubbed the "Bradford hole" by some residents.

    The 570,000 sq ft (53,000 sq m) Broadway Bradford now boasts more than 70 restaurants, cafes and shops.

    Developers Westfield claim it will create 2,500 permanent jobs and boost footfall in the city by 40%.

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  • Tideway to tackle skills shortage in construction
    19 October 2015

    Tideway has joined other key players in construction by signing up to an innovative digital scheme aiming to help plug the industry's skills gap.

    SkillsPlanner is an online platform inviting employers, skills providers and other stakeholders to share information on their workforces, to identify current and future employment needs and skills shortages.

    It is estimated 180,000 new skilled entrants will be needed to deliver construction projects in the capital and the South East by 2019.

    Tideway joins HS2, Crossrail, planning authorities including Westminster, Islington and Camden, main contractors, supply chains, training providers and industry bodies in signing up.

    Scott Young, Skills and Employment Manager, said: "Major projects like the Thames Tideway Tunnel rely on access to a highly skilled labour market in order to build our workforce. We are also committed to creating employment opportunities and apprenticeships for local residents.

    "By fostering a more collaborative approach between employers, local training providers and jobs advisers that is data-led, SkillsPlanner has the potential to create an environment in which those seeking work have a better understanding of the available roles, are adequately trained to secure employment and which in turn provides a solution to current industry skills shortages."

    SkillsPlanner has been awarded £827,000 development funding from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.

    The project is an initiative of Ethos VO, a growing network of social entrepreneurs who find innovative and sustainable solutions to complex problems. Ethos and project partners secured the funding through the 'Solving Urban Challenges with Data' competition.

    The two-year project, based on a powerful Linked Open Data platform created by technology leader and project partner Seme4, will focus on the London construction industry.

    It will allow skills providers to define existing provision and develop demand-led training and will let businesses benefit from more sustainable procurement of local labour, with reduced resource and HR costs.

    SkillsPlanner project director Rebecca Lovelace says: "SkillsPlanner is an Ethos ‘perfect storm’. It demonstrates how a genuinely collaborative approach can create an economically viable solution to a complex urban challenge, resulting in a positive social outcome."

    The core SkillsPlanner project partners are: Ethos (lead partner), Association of Colleges, Camden Council, Good People, Islington Council, Plymouth University, Seme4, Tideway, and Westminster Council.

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  • Fireworks at last for Bradford: Westfield mall to open November 5
    12 August 2015

    THE MAJOR retailers in Bradford’s new shopping centre have spoken of their confidence in the development as its official opening date was confirmed for the first time.

    The Broadway Bradford will open its doors on Thursday November 5 - making it the largest UK retail centre to launch in 2015.

    It is hoped it will attract Christmas shoppers into the city.

    The £260m development is expected to employ around 2,500 people.

    City centre retail spending in Bradford is expected to increase by 75 per cent to approximately £1bn with city footfall increasing to more than 32 million.

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  • Work Programme Job Starts break through 700,000 barrier
    17 June 2015

    Figures released today by Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), the representative body for the employment support sector, show that 706,000 previously long term unemployed jobseekers have now entered employment via the Work Programme. These figures, for end March 2015, are an increase of 26,000 from three months’ ago and complement the release today of the Labour Market Statistics, showing that 31.05 million are now in employment, 424,000 more than for a year earlier.

    The ERSA Job Start statistics provide the most up to date snapshot of Work Programme performance available in the public domain. They are designed to be read alongside official government figures which show the number of jobseekers who have achieved sustained employment, usually meaning they have spent at least six months in a job. The department will release its official statistics on Work Programme performance on Thursday 18 June.

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  • SkillsHouse Retail Academy is launched in Bradford
    28 May 2015

    Bradford – SkillsHouse Bradford Retail Academy is being officially launched in the city centre on Monday, June 1, to link local people to the increasing number of job opportunities being generated in the city centre now that the Broadway shopping centre by Westfield is near to opening.

    The one-stop shop is being launched by Bradford Council with the support of businesses, JobCentre Plus, colleges and other training providers to ensure the District’s residents have the right skills to take up employment opportunities that become available, not just in the Broadway but in the wider Bradford district and beyond.

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  • ONS: Employment up 143,000 on previous quarter
    18 March 2015

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released its Labour Market Statistics for March 2015. These compare the labour market estimates for the three months ending January 2015 with those for August to October 2014.

    The statistics show that, once again, employment continued to rise and unemployment continued to fall. These changes maintain the general direction of movement since late 2011/early 2012.

    The key finding of the report is that the employment rate is now at 73.3% the highest since comparable records begain in 1971. There were 30.94 million people aged 16-64 in work, 143,000 more than for August to October 2014 and 617,000 more than for a year earlier.

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  • MAXIMUS Preferred Bidder to Take Over Remploy from DWP
    17 March 2015

    The Government has confirmed that MAXIMUS is the successful bidder who will form part of a joint venture mutual partnership with the employees of Remploy, as part of an effective sell-off of the Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) from the Department for Work & Pensions.

    Maximus will take a majority stake of 70% in the firm while Remploy employees own a collective stake of 30%. As part of this competition the business, which will continue to operate under the Remploy brand, will continue to deliver Remploys national Work Choice contract.

    Remploy was set up in the 1940s to provide disabled war veterans and miners a job for life. Over the next 70 years it provided work for thousands of people with disabilities, making products such as school furniture and wheelchairs. The organisation currently has about 60 high street branches and 850 staff who will be transferred to the new company.

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  • Greene King toasts boost to apprenticeships
    09 March 2015

    Greene King is marking the start of National Apprenticeship Week by taking on another 2,000 this year.

    The pub and retail group has already supported 4,500 apprentices over the past four years and is one of thousands of firms making fresh commitments this week. More than 2m apprenticeships have been offered since the Government adapted the system to reduce unemployment.

    Nick Clegg, deputy prime minister and Liberal Democrat leader, has been heavily promoting the scheme and is anticipating a pre-election fillip this week.

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  • Unemployed more confident about finding work in 2015
    06 March 2015

    Unemployed people seeking work feel more confident about their chances of finding work in 2015, than they did in the previous year, according to the fifth quarterly National Careers Service Job Confidence Index published today.

    Two-thirds of unemployed people seeking work, (66%) now think they have the skills and qualifications they need to find a job, an increase of 8 percentage points on the previous year. And more than half, (57%) say they have the right experience, an increase of 10 points.

    The research also reveals that unemployed people who are seeking work feel confident about developing a CV (76%), writing a job application (65%), and attending interviews (45%).

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  • Halfords announce 500 new apprentices across the UK as Chancellor visits West Midlands store
    12 February 2015

    On a visit to Halfords Shirley store in the West Midlands, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne launched plans for the nationwide programme which follows a successful recent pilot. Five candidates from the trial were awarded certificates by the Chancellor in recognition of their achievements.

    The visit followed earlier speeches by the Chancellor and the Prime Minister, where they set out their six-point long term economic plan for the Midlands.

    At the heart of the plan to make the Midlands an engine for growth, the Chancellor set out new measures to help develop skills and people in the region. These include investing in a new approach to matching people with opportunities with Andy Street the Chief Executive of John Lewis and Chair of the Birmingham and Solihull LEP to work with local businesses bringing together all of their vacancies for the first time in one place, and actively matching local people to them. The Chancellor also announced an investment in 100 new job coaches for local job-seekers to access the right training and apprenticeship to secure a good job and the expansion of the Birmingham Baccalaureate.

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  • The Manchester College awarded Greater London OLASS4 contract
    05 February 2015

    The Manchester College has been successful in the procurement process and will be delivering the Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) in Greater London with effect from 1 February 2015. We will continue to work closely with the National Offender Management Service, the Agency and the current London OLASS provider to ensure a smooth transition for learners and relevant staff.

    The contract will see The Manchester College expand its delivery of education, training and employability to an additional 13 prisons.

    The College will be working closely with existing staff in the prisons and partner organisations across the region to improve the OLASS performance in London prisons.

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  • Talenetic and Indeed.com Announce Global Technology Partnership
    27 January 2015

    Talenetic, the new venture of Jobsite Founders Keith, Eric and Graham Potts , has today announced a global partnership with Indeed.com, the worlds largest job site. The agreement will provide Talenetics clients with the worlds most comprehensive jobs search powered by Indeed and position Talenetic as a leading global job board technology. Additionally, employers will enjoy the freedom to advertise their vacancies on a Talenetic job site and Indeed through a seamless integration.

    Keith Potts, CEO and Founder of Talenetic states: I am thrilled about working with the global leader in digital recruitment. This partnership will position Talenetic as the leading player on a global scale. We have poured all our knowledge of job boards, candidate attraction, recruiter workflows and technology solutions into Talenetic and it shows - by the client take-up we have experienced so far, the feedback we have received and by partnering with Indeed to provide job seekers and employers alike the best possible recruitment experience.

    Working with Indeed, Potts continues, this deal fits perfectly with our approach of integrating with the best players across the world, so that our clients not only benefit from our expertise but also from the strengths of our partnerships. By building an ecosystem that includes best of breed companies we will deliver outstanding results for all of our clients, be it job boards, recruitment agencies or corporate recruiters.

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  • UK unemployment falls to 1.9 million
    21 January 2015

    The number of people out of work in the UK fell by 58,000 to 1.91 million, its lowest level for more than six years, in the three months to November, official figures indicate.

    The unemployment rate now stands at 5.8% of the adult working population, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

    In total, there are now 30.8 million people in work.

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  • Wetherspoon turns to own careers site to recruit bulk of new hires
    05 January 2015

    JD Wetherspoon will turn to its own careers website to hire 99% of the 15,000 jobs it plans to create over the next five years, according to a spokesperson for the pub chain.

    Over the Christmas period Wetherspoon announced plans to invest 400m in developing new pubs across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The roles will be created across 200 new pubs, as well as the firms existing locations and head office.

    A Wetherspoon spokesperson told Recruiter the firms own careers website will handle recruitment for the bulk of the new roles.

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