May 2008

Tendering for Care, a Derbyshire-based tendering and procurement training organisation for the third and small business sectors, has won the contract to deliver procurement training to these sectors for up-coming DWP programmes. The company is offering a series of training events throughout the UK during June 2008. The events are designed to help organisations and businesses to tender or sub-contract effectively for public sector contracts. There will be an emphasis on the development of supply chains designed to allow smaller organisations to contribute to the delivery of services.

The European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE) has announced the launch of the “EUSE Scholarship Programme”. The professional development scholarship will provide an opportunity for five Supported Employment Practitioners (ie Job Coaches, Employment Officers etc) to participate in a study visit to another European State of their choice. Funding of up to 1000 Euros is available and the closing date for applications is 18 July.

Please note the next meeting of Base Central Region has now been moved to the 27 June (11.00am to 3.30pm). It will be held at the Quality Hotel Coventry, Birmingham Road, Allesley, CV9 9BA. The date of the September meeting has also been changed to 23 September 2008. More...


Mindful Employer are offering free training in Individual Placement Support (IPS) at Exeter (26 June) and Bristol (1 July). Further events may be added if there is sufficient demand.

The Department for Work and Pensions 'Employability' campaign is looking for success stories of people with long term health conditions/disabilities who are successfully employed in small/medium sized local businesses within the North West region. They have already contacted various agencies in the region but are particularly interested in finding case studies in Cumbria. The website for the campaign is www.dwp.gov.uk/employability.

DWP has published research into social housing and worklessness. The report presents key policy messages that emerged from a study on possible explanations for the relatively high levels of worklessness among tenants in social housing. Read the report...

The Government has included proposals for a Welfare Reform Bill in the new draft legislative programme for 2008-09. A green paper and full consultation will look at "options to modernise the benefit system, delivering value for money for the taxpayer while providing support for people at the time they need it most". Included are measures to "better enable people to take advantage of the considerable help on offer to them and where appropriate, to undertake training that is considered essential to finding employment".

This DWP research measures the ethnic parity in Jobcentre Plus programmes as one way of overcoming any disadvantage that ethnic minorities may experience in the labour market. Read the research...

Trevor Phillips, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has called for a ‘radical rethink’ by employers to unleash the talent of people with mental health conditions in a speech for the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health. He called on employers to 'create a workplace which cultivates openness, provides support and promotes mental wellbeing.' Read the speech...

Public attitudes in England towards people with mental health problems remain broadly sympathetic, according to a new survey by the Department of Health. The public is generally understanding of people with mental health problems, with 85% thinking they deserve our sympathy and more than 8 out of 10 saying society needs to be more tolerant towards them.

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