Employment Minister visits Bristol scheme delivered by UWE

Issue date: 09 September 2009


University of the West of England Employment and South West Regional Minister Jim Knight will visit University of the West of England premises at Bush House (Arnolfini, Bristol) on Wednesday 9 September at 14.20. Recently the first three day course of a new Jobcentre Plus scheme was delivered at Bush House with the aim of helping professional and executives recently made redundant.

The three day courses are funded by Jobcentre Plus and delivered by local universities, under the coordination of the Association of Higher Education Institutions in the South West (HERDA) network. The universities are working together to provide support to people, particularly those who have not faced redundancy before.

Paul Gough, Pro Vice-Chancellor at UWE said, “This visit from the Minister is most welcome as it highlights the success of the Jobcentre Plus courses run by the careers team at UWE and other Universities in the South West. People attending these courses, run in partnership with HERDA-SW, the association of Higher Education Institutions in the SW, can also access one-on-one support on how to deal with the economic downturn.”

UWE received excellent feedback on the first course held earlier in the summer. A follow up study of those who took part in the first workshop found that it has led to paid employment for 22% of those attending. 95% of those who gave feedback on the course would recommend it to others in the same situation.

Of the 22 people who attended, five reported they were in paid employment, one is applying to full time education, one is doing voluntary work and one person is starting up their own business.

The majority of those who attended had improved their CV, and a third had explored self-employment, voluntary work, or widened their job search strategy. The main benefits which participants reported was the chance to meet others in the same situation, share ideas and strategy.

Also at the meeting will be John Clarke, Head of Careers at UWE, who helped set up the first course. He said, “This is the first feedback on these courses run by local universities in conjunction with Jobcentre Plus. UWE is well placed to meet the needs of these Professional and Executive job seekers who have specific needs in the current economic situation. All of the participants made an excellent contribution to the course and we are glad it has been so useful to them. We hope this will lead on to new opportunities in the future for all of them.”

The workshops at UWE were coordinated and delivered by Linda Moysey and Ros Hitchen from the UWE Careers Development Unit.

For further information about careers advice and Solutions4Recession at UWE, please see:

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