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Mental Health Awareness Week: 13 – 19 May 2019

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 will take place from Monday 13 to Sunday 19 May 2019. The theme for 2019 is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodiesMental Health Awareness Week, body image banner

Body image issues can affect all of us at any age. During the week we will be publishing new research, considering some of the reasons why our body image can impact the way that we feel, campaigning for change and publishing practical tools.

Since our first Mental Health Awareness Week in 2001, we’ve raised awareness of topics like stress, relationships, loneliness, altruism, sleep, alcohol and friendship. This year, with your support, we want to reach more people than ever!

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8 Mistakes You Should Never Make in Your First Job

Asking people what their first job was can lead to some surprising answers

The founder of Amazon worked on the grill at McDonald’s and Steve Jobs had a summer job at HP where he met the co-founder of Apple. The bottom line is we all start somewhere, and how we conduct ourselves in our first jobs, can pave the way for a successful career.

Sophie Graham, Careers Adviser at the National Careers Service offers her top tips on things you should ~never~ do in a new job.

  1. Don’t have the wrong attitude

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Careers England Good Practice Commissioner Guide
February 20, 2019
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Careers England is delighted to share with you the report of their Task Group looking at best practice in Commissioning.

This valuable piece of work collects together lessons learned and observations from ‘the other side of the fence’. It’s a very useful insight into how providers feel in the commissioning process and gives an insight into approaches that can achieve better outcomes for commissioners, beneficiaries and providers, and improved value for money.

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How to Beat Mid-Career Malaise

The following article by Rebecca Knight, a freelance journalist in Boston and a lecturer at Wesleyan University, might be of interest to clients wanting IAG on mid-life career moves.

We all have times when we wonder, “Am I at the right company? Am I in the right job? And is this all there is?” 

These questions are especially agonizing for mid-career professionals who may be searching for fulfillment while juggling demands at home and intense financial pressures to earn. How should you address a mid-career crisis? What actions can you take to improve your professional satisfaction? How can you combat the dullness and tedium of your workaday life? And how can you tell if it’s time to make a drastic change?

What the Experts Say
Mid-career malaise runs deep. It’s much more than just an “episodic moment” of frustration or “a particularly gruesome work project” that depletes you, says Gianpiero Petriglieri, associate professor of
organizational behavior at INSEAD. “It’s a protracted feeling of, ‘Am I missing something?’” This type of professional discontent is relatively common in middle age, he says. “Midlife is the time where you lose the illusion of immortality. You know your opportunities aren’t endless, and you realize that time is finite,” he says. Even people who have achieved a great deal of career success aren’t immune to these feelings, says Whitney Johnson, an executive coach and the author several books including Build an A-Team. “They question: ‘Is this really what I want to be doing?’” She says that while “it’s natural and normal to experience professional restlessness,” you must heed “the call to action.” You need to be “proactive and figure out what to do about it.” Here’s how.

Reflect and reframe
For starters, identify the cause of your professional discontent. “When you have a sense of malaise, you begin to question everything,” Petriglieri says. “But you need to break down the problem and start with the place where it hurts. Is it your job? Or the organization you’re in?” Depending on your answer, “the prescription is different.” Of course, it’s not easy to rethink your professional path in middle age, when you’ve likely got a number of nonnegotiable commitments to consider — maybe a mortgage, a spouse or partner who has their own career, and children in school. If you find yourself dwelling on what holds you back, Johnson recommends “reframing the constraints.” When you’re young and you can live and work anywhere in the world, plotting your career path is incredibly daunting — “almost paralyzing,” she says. “But in middle age, the scope is tighter.” You know you “need to work in certain geographic regions” and “earn a certain amount of money” to live. “The constraints are actually helpful.” Read more

Government Announces New Northern Powerhouse Body
July 9, 2018
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Local Enterprise Partnerships in the North of England will form an influential new body to support the government’s ambitions for the Northern Powerhouse across the region, Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP has announced.

The Chairs of each of the 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) will sit on a newly formed, government-funded board called the ‘NP11’.

The board will act as one voice representing each of their regions as a modern day ‘Council for the North’ to work with and advise the government on issues such as how to increase productivity, overcome regional disparities in economic growth and tackle the historic north-south divide.

While speaking at the first ever Northern Powerhouse Business Summit in Newcastle Gateshead, Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP said:Jake Berry at the Northern Powerhouse Summit

As we approach leaving the European Union we need to ensure that every area of the UK continues to economically flourish.

The Northern Powerhouse will be a vital support to the UK in achieving this and so I am very pleased the 11 LEP Chairs have agreed to form the new NP11 board.

For the first time since 1472, we will bring together the business voices of the Northern Powerhouse in our Council for the North. They have one task: to enrich all the peoples of the North of England – this is the foundation stone of the Northern Powerhouse and, with the skills and expertise of the NP11, we will shift the North’s economy into overdrive.

Together we will deliver a North of England which is an economic powerhouse and one which can proudly take its place on the world stage both now and as we leave the EU.

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Strengthened Guidance for Schools and Colleges on Safeguarding

The revised Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance now provides additional advice to help school and college staff deal with allegations of child-on-child sexual violence and sexual harassment, following a 10-week public consultation launched in December.

The majority of the responses to the consultation on the guidance, published today (17 May) welcomed the additional advice on how to support victims of this type of ‘peer abuse’ and the new guidance will be applicable to all schools, including primary schools, on how to best support children of all ages.

Minister for Children and Families, Nadhim Zahawi, said:

Pupils and parents rightly expect schools to be safe places, where children are free to enjoy their time in education without fear of violence or harassment.

Schools and colleges play an important part in keeping children safe, so it’s right that we take the necessary steps to ensure staff have the guidance and support they need to deal with concerns about a child’s wellbeing.

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Advice on Developing and Managing a Successful Career
May 15, 2018
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At the 2018 DiversityInc Top 50 event, more than 400 people were in attendance during the day to hear Executives from AT&T, EY, Marriott International and Wells Fargo give career advice on how to develop and manage a successful career.

Moderator: Shane Nelson, VP, Editor, DiversityInc Best Practices

Panellists:

  • Melissa Corwin, Vice President – HR, Diversity & Inclusion, AT&T
  • Ted Acosta, Americas Vice Chair, Risk Management, EY
  • Kimberly Reed, Vice President, Human Resources – Global Finance and Global Design, Marriott International
  • Lisa Stevens, Executive Vice President, Regional Banking Executive, Western Region, Wells Fargo
Apprenticeships Advertised at the Intellectual Property Office
May 10, 2018
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Apprenticeship Scheme

Roles Available

The apprenticeships are training opportunities for anyone looking for a career in business administration.

You will undertake a programme of formal training combined with a wide range of work experience.

You will be based in one of the operational delivery or support units of the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), who are responsible for Intellectual Property Rights (patents, trademarks, registered designs and copyright) within the UK.

How to Apply?

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ESF Funding Rules

This document sets out the funding and performance-management rules for the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014 to 2020 Programme.

It was last updated on 8 May 2018.

ESF 2014-20 Funding Rules V4.pdf