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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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Leeds City Region LEP: £2m for Leadership and Management Skills
August 8, 2019
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DWP call to run a project to deliver activities to support the leadership and management skills of women in SME businesses in the Leeds City Region LEP area.

Details

Projects are sought which will support female participants within SMEs to develop the Leadership and Management Skills to support business growth and facilitate progression into management positions and business continuity where there are skills shortages.

Activities should concentrate on business productivity, skills needs and succession planning. Every business is different and training needs to be flexible to respond to these differing circumstances. Support should also be tailored and relevant to support women-owned and BAME owned businesses and to female and BAME employees.

It is also anticipated that the Leadership and Management skills provision will have a particular emphasis on future workforce planning and ensuring participation in the business from those from disadvantaged groups.

All activities must complement and avoid duplication with other provision, thereby adding value. Successful candidates will be required to ensure that ESF provision will clearly add value and not duplicate any provision that can be arranged locally through existing mainstream institutions.

For more information, download the call specification.

Location

The project must cover the Leeds City Region LEP area.

Value

Approximately £2m of ESF is available.

Deadlines

Full application deadline: 29 October 2019

Completion date

Projects must be completed no later than 3 years and 6 months after the proposed project start date, however the ESF Managing Authority reserves the right to vary the maximum duration in exceptional circumstances. All ESF Projects must be completed by 31st December 2023. Project costs cannot be incurred beyond this date.

Full Application Submission

To apply for funding under this call you will need to complete and submit your Full Application via the ECLAIMS IT System.

Full Applications submitted in the ECLAIMS IT System after the call closing date shown above and on the call specification will not be appraised.

If you do not already have access to the ECLAIMS IT system, please request an ‘ECLAIMS External Access Form’ by emailing E.CLAIMSSUPPORT@dwp.gov.uk

You will need to request an External Access Form for each person in your organisation who requires access.

It is your responsibility to ensure you request and activate your ECLAIMS access in sufficient time. We strongly advise that you obtain and activate your ECLAIMS access at least 2 weeks prior to the advertised call closure date, if not sooner.

The published ESF Online Full Application Guidance also provides step-by-step advice on how to complete your Full Application using the ECLAIMS IT system. ESF Online Full Application Guidance.

Technical Support

If you encounter any technical difficulties completing or submitting your Full Application via the ECLAIMS IT system, please send an email to E.CLAIMSSUPPORT@dwp.gov.uk

The technical support operating hours are Monday to Friday, from 8am to 6pm and it is your responsibility to ensure you seek and technical advice in sufficient time to complete and submit your Full Application before the published call closure date.

The Managing Authority reserves the right to reject applications which are incomplete or not submitted in a timely and compliant way.

Contact details

If you have any questions about the Call Specification or ESF Online Full Application Guidance, please contact esf.2014-2020@dwp.gov.uk. This address should not be used to request technical support.

University? Traineeship? First Job? What’s Your Post-Exam Plan?
July 18, 2019
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The following is a news story published by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Opportunities to gain an extra qualification, go to university, get on-the-job experience or start your career if you’ve just finished your exams.

Whether you are looking to gain an extra qualification, go to university, get on-the-job experience or start your career, there are lots of exciting opportunities for your future. Find out more here.

On the Job Experience

Prepare for the world of work with a traineeship

Traineeships are available for 16 to 24 year olds and are an opportunity for you to gain real work experience, acquire new job skills and improve your English and maths, if you need to. They can last up to 6 months and can be tailored to help you get ready for a job or apprenticeship.

Find a traineeship online.

Earn while you learn with an apprenticeship

Apprenticeships provide hands-on experience, a salary and a chance to train while you work.

Find out what you need to do to become an apprentice, what careers are available and what employers are offering them.

Further and Higher Education

Further education

You can continue your studies after secondary school through a range of further education courses, available in different subjects at different levels – ranging from basic English and maths to Higher National Diplomas. Further education also includes technical and applied qualifications, which will provide you with skills and training to specialise in a specific technical job.

Search for further education courses.

T Levels are new courses coming in September 2020

T Levels are brand new, 2-year courses designed with employers that will be equivalent to 3 A Levels. As the next step after GCSEs, they combine classroom theory, practical learning and a 3-month industry placement to give young people the technical skills, knowledge and experience needed to get a job in a skilled profession.

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Continue your studies in higher education

You can find and apply for most higher education courses online. If you don’t get a place on your chosen university course you can apply for other courses through Clearing.

Find out which courses have vacancies through UCAS from mid-August to late September.

Career Opportunities

Find a job with our careers portal

There are a range of great jobs available online, and we can help you find one through our dedicated jobs website.

Visit Find a Job to search based on location, sector, salary and more to find your perfect fit.

Learn about different careers through My Way In

My Way In shares stories and advice from people in work and employers in a range of different fields. You’ll find tips to help you broaden your experience and the number of jobs you have access to as well as information about the industries which are likely to have vacancies in the future.

Visit My Way In to find out more about jobs in sectors you may not know about.

Visit My Way In in Welsh.

Support vulnerable adults with a career in adult social care

Adult social care attracts all kinds of people with one thing in common – a desire to help make a difference every day. If you’re the sort of person who treats others with respect, listens to their needs, understands their emotions, and is warm, kind and honest, then social care could be the career for you.

Check out our Every Day Is Different page to learn more about a career in adult social care.

Discover a career in STEM

The government is working across industry and engineering institutions to support initiatives across the UK to give young people an inspiring first-hand experience of engineering.

Find more resources on the Engineering – Take a Closer Look campaign website.

Embark on a rewarding career in the public sector

There are a host of rewarding jobs in the public sector that you can get involved in. From teaching to nursing – the public sector is looking for people like you.

For more information please visit the following websites:
NHS jobs
Get Into Teaching
Royal Navy
British Army
Royal Air Force
Prison Officer Jobs
Civil Service Jobs

Get careers advice and inspiration

Need further advice on what to do next? Our career services provide free and impartial careers information, advice and guidance.

In England, visit the National Careers Service

In Scotland, visit Skills Development Scotland – My World of Work

In Wales, visit Careers Wales

In Northern Ireland, visit Careers Service Northern Ireland.

Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, gain skills and experience, and contribute to your community. There are lots of ways to get involved.

Visit Do-it.org, a database of UK volunteering opportunities. You can search more than a million volunteering opportunities by interest, activity or location and then apply online.

Learn new things and take part in the National Citizen Service (NCS)

NCS is a life-changing programme open to all teenagers aged 15 to 17 in England and Northern Ireland to discover who they are and what they can do. If you want to boost your UCAS statement or CV, meet incredible people, get your voice heard and have a lot of fun while you’re at it, then NCS is for you.

Find out more information about NCS.

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

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DWP Touchbase Newsletter Edition 133
April 12, 2019
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This edition of Touchbase includes information on:

•  Jobcentre Plus arrangements over the Easter period
•  further changes to Universal Credit
•  calling Universal Credit phone lines
•  the Department for Work and Pensions email addresses
•  the mid-life MOT website
•  the workplace pensions campaign
•  the Regional Stakeholder Network
•  mentoring circles in jobcentres

View Newsletter Here

Multi-Million Pound Fund to Help Tackle the Disability Employment Launched
July 18, 2018
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A £4.2 million challenge fund to support people with mental health or musculoskeletal conditions to stay in work has been launched by the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Sarah Newton, and the Minister for Mental Health and Inequalities, Jackie Doyle-Price.

The fund is the latest in a range of government measures that are part of a 10-year strategy which aims to see 1 million more disabled people in work by 2027.

The challenge fund, run by Rocket Science on behalf of the government, is aimed at testing new approaches to help people experiencing mental ill health or musculoskeletal issues to remain in employment.

They might be at risk of losing employment because of the effects of their condition, or may already be temporarily off work through ill health.

Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Sarah Newton, said:

We know there is a gap between disabled people who want to work and those who have the opportunity to do so.

With 78% of people acquiring their disability or health condition during their adult life, it’s crucial that we support disabled people who want to work to stay in or return to employment.

Read more

Consultation: Universal Credit
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The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) has launched a public consultation on proposals for moving all existing claimants of a working age income-related benefit to Universal Credit.

From next year DWP will begin the process of moving claimants in receipt of one or more of the following benefits to Universal Credit:

  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Housing Benefit

The wide-ranging draft legislation, which was presented to the committee for scrutiny at its meeting on 20 June 2018, sets out the government’s proposals on:

  1. requirements for claimants on existing benefits to make a claim for Universal Credit (including the deadlines for doing so) and arrangements for ending their existing benefit
  2. the calculation, award and ongoing treatment of transitional protection

The task of safely moving around 3 million claimants (in around 2 million households) from legacy benefits to Universal Credit raises important questions about the delivery challenge facing the department and the potential impact on claimants.

Read more

Employment Rate Remains at Record High
June 13, 2018
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Britain has a joint record high employment rate of 75.6% with 32.39 million people now in work according to the latest official statistics.

The unemployment rate is now 4.2% – down 0.4% since last year – with the number of people out of work falling by 115,000.

The figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) come as Black, Asian and minority ethnic employment (BAME) is at a record high. The BAME employment gap – the difference between the employment rates of the ethnic minority population and the overall population – is at an all-time low of 10.1% points.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey said: Read more

Personal Independence Payment Customer Journey Films
April 26, 2018
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DWP has published 5 short videos to help give people an overview of the process of claiming Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

As part of the government’s commitment to continuously improving our services, today (26 April 2018) the Department for Work and Pensions has launched 5 short videos to help give people an overview of the process of claiming Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

The videos offer more choice to people who may prefer to consume information about PIP through online channels, as and when they want it.

The films aim to support claimants at each stage of the PIP claim. They provide a clear and simple overview of the process – so that people understand what to expect at each step of the way and what they need to do when making a claim.

Each can be watched as a standalone film or together in sequence. So, whether someone is thinking about making a claim for PIP and wants to find out more before they decide, or if they need some more information about how long things may take and what they need to do next, the films can provide guidance.

These videos are in addition to the range of support going through the claims process, such as GOV.UK information and the PIP Enquiry phone line on 0800 121 4433.

What the videos are about
1. Is PIP for you or someone you know?

This film focuses on the steps before the claim and an overview of who might be eligible. Read more

Grant to Support Disabled People in the Workplace Rises
March 21, 2018
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Hundreds of disabled employees are to benefit from a £15,000 rise in Access to Work grants to assist them at work, following new measures introduced in Parliament on 20 March 2018.

From April 2018, people will be able to claim up to £57,200 annually to help pay for additional support that they may need in the workplace – approximately £15,000 more than the current cap of £42,100.

Access to Work provides financial support to ensure someone’s disability or health condition doesn’t hold them back at work and can cover workplace adaptations, assistive technology, transport and interpreters.

Increasing the amount people can receive annually will ensure that more disabled people, particularly from the deaf community, are able to benefit from the grant and achieve their career aspirations.

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, said:

We believe that disabled people should have every opportunity to thrive in the workplace, and the tailored support of Access to Work caters to every individual’s unique needs.

By extending this grant we’re ensuring that many more disabled people can reach their career potential, which is a key part of our commitment to getting one million more disabled people in work by 2027.

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