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Award Winning Local Initiative Boosts Home Care Standards

A revolutionary Black Country initiative that raises local home-care standards has beaten numerous other nominees in the annual national Training Organisation for the Personal Social Services (TOPSS) accolades. Taking runner-up position in the category for the most innovative learning resource at the prestigious UK-wide awards, the BC3/BC4 project was praised as a role model for the sector.

LEARNING FOR LIFE PROGRAMME RECOGNISED AT RENOWNED HOSPITALITY AWARDS

The ‘Diageo Learning for Life: Hospitality and Bartending programme’ has been presented with a Catering in Scotland (CIS) Excellence Award.   At the 2017 ceremony held at the Hilton Glasgow on 25 May, the programme received The Training and Employee Retention Award.   Recognising an exceptionally high degree of creativity, innovation and excellence in Scottish catering, hospitality and tourism, the CIS Excellence Awards offer some of the industry’s highest accolades.   Commenting on the programme’s success at the awards, Nicola Reid, Learning for Life Programme Manager: GB & Europe, said: “Learning for Life provides a solid platform for the training and development of young, unemployed people while helping them secure full time work in the sector.   “The hospitality industry in Scotland is thriving and continues to offer excellent career opportunities for young people with passion and drive. It’s extremely rewarding to have our contribution and dedication to the industry acknowledged.”   Since its launch in 2014, almost 900 unemployed people have graduated from the Diageo Learning for Life programme, which is offered across Scotland, with 81% of graduates going on to positive destinations, 76% of those successfully securing permanent roles in the hospitality sector.   The course provides young unemployed people with coaching, core employability skills and specialist bartender training, opening the door to a wide range of exciting career opportunities in the Scottish hospitality industry.   Learning for Life programmes are regularly held across Scotland, with students undertaking a six-week course delivered by The Springboard Charity, Diageo’s specialist training partner. This includes two weeks of valuable industry work experience in some of Scotland’s best hotels, bars and restaurants.   Inga McVicar, National Programmes Manager for Springboard said: “These awards are a real vote of confidence in the Learning for Life programme. The support we have received from local employers over the past three years has been fantastic and we really appreciate the time they give up to encourage young people on the courses to consider a career in the hospitality sector.   “We see such enthusiasm and commitment from our students, throughout every aspect of the course, and it’s great to see young people securing qualifications and engaging with the wider industry.”   Businesses in Scotland looking to staff their establishments or to get involved in the programme can contact: Stewart Fotheringham, Business Engagement Manager at The Springboard Charity.   About DIAGEO: Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits, beer and wine categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Buchanan’s and Windsor whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness. Diageo is a global company, and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO). Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice. Celebrating life, every day, everywhere.   THE SPRINGBOARD CHARITY: The Springboard Charity, now in its 26th year, helps young, the unemployed and those facing barriers into sustainable employment within the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry.

Two New Board Members for Education and Business Recruited at SEEDA

Jacqui Smith, Minister of State for Industry and the Regions, today announced two new appointments to the board of the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA).

PUBLIC SECTOR, SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AND NOT FOR PROFIT BUSINESSES ENCOURAGED TO RECOGNISE STAFF IN FREE AWARDS

New appointments to the Low Pay Commission announced

The government has today (Wednesday 20 June) announced a number of new appointments and re-appointments to the independent Low Pay Commission (LPC), an independent body that advises the government about the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage.

Financial advisory giant expands graduate programme by 25%

Podcast with Gingerbread’s Rosie Ferguson on working with returners to work

The FE News team chat with Gingerbread’s CEO Rosie Ferguson about best practice and engaging returns to work at the ERSA annual conference.

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Lead The Way For Beacon Status

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight continue to lead the way for innovation and excellence in training with the news that that as a region, they lead the number of learning providers with Beacon status. Just last week, Treloar and Brockenhurst Colleges were awarded Beacon status by the LSC, putting them in an elite group of just 58 colleges nationwide who have this highly-sought after status.

Ex-offenders start up companies with £1.8M DTI fund

Small Business Minister Nigel Griffiths today launched new funding for two projects designed to encourage enterprise and employment amongst offenders and ex-offenders.

Podcast with IEP's Scott Parkin on the Adviser of the Future

We catch up with Scott Parkin, Chairman of the Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP) at the ERSA annual conference. We chat with Scott about the future needs for Advisers of the future and then he discusses  the new IEP Trailblazer programme.

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