Mental health charity BITA Pathways boasts five social enterprises that provide work experience opportunities to adults experiencing mental ill health across Birmingham.
It was recently awarded the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility accreditation, which came at an exciting time of transition for the charity as one of its social enterprise’s, Production Assembly Services, is in the process of expanding into a second site, reflecting the ambition and growth of BITA Pathways.
BITA Pathways, which celebrated its 50th birthday in 2014, has become Birmingham’s go to place for adults who are looking for a fresh start having experienced mental ill health. At the heart of the charity is its Learning and Work Service, which provides one-to-one client-centred and goal-based provision to individuals on a pathway to work, via careers advice, skills development and training and intensive job support. The team successfully placed 69 people into work in the last 12 months, using the Kaonix Welfare2Work job matching website. This searches over 100 jobs boards, discarding duplication and presents the jobseeker with a list of jobs based on key words on their CV – a really innovative way of finding employment opportunities.
Chief executive, Erica Barnett, said: “Over the last 18 months we have seen more employers recruiting and this was demonstrated by the successful Birmingham partnership campaign to recruit staff for the Grand Central opening last September. This has given our job seekers a kick start into employment through the provision of sector based training in customer service and retail and catering, embedding health and wellbeing at the very core of the recruitment campaign.”
BITA Pathways prides itself on delivering high quality client-centred support to every individual referred to its Learning and Work Service and all of its Advisers will have increased their Advice and Guidance qualification to Level 4 by September 2016. Since January this year, BITA Pathways was awarded a Fair Fidelity review score for the way it delivers its client support service under the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Model. It has been reassessed for the Matrix Standard successfully for the eighth time and its Investors in People Award has also been renewed.
A massive £300m expansion of Meadowhall Shopping Centre is unveiled today, with developers promising to create 1,000 jobs and hailing it as “one of the largest investments in the Sheffield City Region for a decade”.
Comprising 330,000 sq ft of space, the new Leisure Hall as it has been dubbed will add a range of dining and entertainment experiences not currently available at the centre.
Kaonix are moving into lovely new offices in Coleshill on 15th April.
Queen Anne House, a grade II listed Georgian property has been totally refurbished while retaining a number of beautiful Georgian features.
We look forward to welcoming customers to our new home over the Summer months for drinks on the veranda.
Joint strike action will be taken by members of the University and College Union (UCU) and Unison working in FE colleges on February 24 in response to an ongoing row over pay.
The industrial action is set to follow an earlier rejection of a pay freeze for 2015/16, proposed by national employers the Association of Colleges (AoC).
It comes after Unison announced on Saturday (January 29) that almost two-thirds (65.7 per cent) of its members who took part in a ballot last month had voted in favour of strike action, with a further 79.8 per cent said they supported action short of a strike.
In its 2015 Autumn Statement, the UK Government formally announced plans for the Apprenticeship Levy to be introduced in April 2017 at a rate of 0.5% of an employer’s payroll over £3 million. The new levy constitutes a major shift in how apprenticeships will be shaped, delivered and funded with a target of delivering three million new apprenticeship starts by 2020.
London-based K10 Apprenticeships Limited welcomes the announcement that the UK Government sees apprenticeships as one of the cornerstones of the skills system and growth agenda.
The introduction of the new Digital Apprenticeship Service model will provide employers across with much greater flexibility and control in determining and developing the skills they need to support business growth and eliminate skills gaps. Whilst the ‘big picture’ is becoming clearer by the day, the practicalities of the new scheme must be effectively guided by the needs of UK businesses if the scheme is to fulfil its potential. Legislation for the imposition and collection of the apprenticeship levy is proposed for introduction as part of the 2016 Finance Bill.