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DWP Touchbase: Edition 136
August 13, 2019
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Touchbase is brought to you by the Department for Work & Pensions

Recent changes to the DWP ministerial team have meant that some areas of work have moved. Find out where responsibilities now lie

This edition of Touchbase includes information on:   

  • changes to Universal Credit 
  • how to contact a Universal Credit claimant’s case manager
  • the EU Settlement Scheme
  • support for survivors of domestic abuse
  • Working Chance
  • a consultation to reduce health-related job loss
  • volunteering whilst claiming benefits
  • joining Disability Confident
  • Post Office card accounts

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Mental Health First Aid England Newsletter
August 5, 2019
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The August 2019 edition of the Mental Health First Aid England newsletter is available.

Take a read for the latest mental health campaign news, including their first social impact report celebrating our whole community’s hard work and passion for improving the nation’s mental health and updates about new MHFA England digital badges.

Read your August newsletter here

Update from GOV.UK – £20m Funding to Help 10,000 Young People into NHS Careers
July 25, 2019
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The Health and Social Care Secretary has announced £20 million funding to support 10,000 young people from all backgrounds to get an entry level job or apprenticeship in the NHS. This will be matched by £7 million from the Prince’s Trust.

The 3-year pre-employment programme will begin later this year and will involve up to 150 NHS trusts in England. Participants will gain basic skills and experience of working in the NHS. The programme will focus on helping those who otherwise may not have the opportunity to gain this experience to overcome barriers and enter sustainable employment.

The programme will provide:

  • job application support
  • NHS trust work placements
  • courses in basic healthcare, literacy and numeracy skills
Young hospital receptionist speaking to a patient

It is expected to help 5,000 young people get into the NHS through entrylevel positions, with a further 5,000 joining through apprenticeships. Roles will include digital and business administration, healthcare assistant, facilities, catering and portering.

The programme will be delivered by The Prince’s Trust and supported by Health Education England (HEE). HEE has already worked in partnership with The Prince’s Trust to run 250 pre-employment programmes, helping over 1,000 young people find work in healthcare across the country.

Nick Stace, UK Chief Executive, The Prince’s Trust, said:

Each year, The Prince’s Trust supports thousands of young people across the country to develop the confidence and skills they need to get a job – with our ‘Get into Healthcare’ programme we help young people to take their first step into employment with the NHS.

We are delighted that through this enhanced partnership we will give thousands more young people across the country exciting job opportunities. Placing young people into frontline roles at the heart of our National Health Service will empower them to realise their potential, kick start their careers and make a valuable contribution to our society.

We believe that when young people succeed, our country succeeds and this is a great example of what that can mean in reality.

Skills Minister Anne Milton Resigns
July 23, 2019
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Apprenticeships and skills minister Anne Milton has resigned from government.

She announced the move on Twitter ahead of the appointment of a new prime minister today, and cited her “grave concerns about leaving the EU without a deal” in her letter of resignation.

“Having abstained in the vote last week, today I have resigned from the government,” she tweeted just minutes after finishing up an appearance in front of the education select committee this morning.

“It has been an honour to serve on the Conservative frontbenches, my thanks to everyone I have had the pleasure of working alongside.”

Having abstained in the vote last week, today I have resigned from the Government. It has been an honour to serve on the Conservative frontbenches, my thanks to everyone I have had the pleasure of working alongside.

View image on Twitter
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Milton, the MP for Guildford, was appointed skills minister in June 2017 and has overseen the development of the apprenticeship reforms including the levy, T-levels, devolution of the adult education budget, and has been an avid champion for more funding in the FE sector.

She used her resignation letter to tell the outgoing prime minister Theresa May how those working in FE “transform people’s lives, often giving those they teach a second or third chance, and releasing the potential of so many including those with special needs”.

“Sadly, FE rarely gets the attention it deserves and I have hugely appreciated your attempts to shift this balance,” she said.

“My current role, and the work I have done on apprenticeships, has been equally rewarding.”

Milton continued: “Our reformed apprenticeships are the very best enabler of social mobility I have seen. Alongside this the first T-levels will be taught from 2020 and when fully ruolled out they will transform technical and vocational education for young people.

“I pay tribute to, and thank, the incredible and dedicated civil servants in the Department for Education and my private office staff whom I have worked alongside.”

Her replacement is expected to be revealed later this week. They will become the sixth different skills minister since 2010.

Before the skills minister brief, Milton served as public health minister, and was the first woman to serve as deputy chief whip.

Careers England Newsletter: 142
July 16, 2019
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DWP Touchbase: Edition 135
July 9, 2019
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This edition of Touchbase includes information on:

•  changes to Universal Credit
•  a Get Your State Pension video
•  supporting parents in conflict
•  Support for Mortgage Interest videos 
•  Childcare choices – 30 hours awareness campaign 

View on line using the link below

http://news.dwp.gov.uk/dwplz/lz.aspx?p1=MJiDUzOTg4NFM1MTA0OjJCMDZBRERFOEY5RjQ3QTVEMDdEMEE4ODE3NzU0RUIx-&CC=&p=0

DMH Associates: Newsletter No 2
June 24, 2019
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The latest dmh associates Newsletter is now available. 

It includes:

  • A brief summary of dmh associates selected activities
  • A link to the Special Issue of the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling – Happiness and Wellbeing
  • An article about dmh role in Career-Related Learning in Primary Schools in Northern Ireland
  • Information about the launch of a new major Working Wales initiative
  • An update on the Scottish Careers Strategy
  • Skills NI and the major annual planned 2019 Skills Show
  • Insights into some selected research and evaluation projects
  • Keynote presentations delivered or  being delivered by Deirdre 

View the Newsletter: HERE

 

Careers England: Newsletter 141
June 5, 2019
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Careers England: Newsletter 140
April 30, 2019
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April 15, 2019
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