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Hounslow Council marks a decade of apprenticeships

Hounslow Council is marking the 10th anniversary of National Apprenticeship Week with a raft of useful and practical events until 10 March aimed at getting the borough’s residents into local apprenticeship placements.

Anyone interested in apprenticeships can drop in to The Treaty Centre (near Hounslow Library) from 6 to 10 March between 9.30am and 6pm.

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Skills and Employment Bulletin

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Employment boost for older workers  (Department for Work and Pensions)

The government is calling on employers to boost the number of older workers and ensure they are not writing people off once they reach a certain age.  As part of the new Fuller Working Lives strategy, ministers and business leaders have set out the social and health benefits of working longer, highlighting the need for businesses to ‘retain, retrain and recruit’ older workers.

Apprenticeship targets 'poor value for money', says IFS  (BBC News)

The government's target to rapidly increase the number of apprentices risks being "poor value for money", says the Institute for Fiscal Studies. The institute argues the government has failed to make a convincing case for the rapid expansion of apprenticeships, casting doubt on the use of public money and warning that young people may miss out, impacting the long-term effectiveness of the strategy.

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Employment and Skills Bulletin

National Policy

New streamlined Jobcentre Plus network with more support for jobseekers (Department for Work and Pensions)

 

Plans have been published to reform DWPJobcentre Plus offices and benefit centres. Some smaller jobcentres will be merged with larger ones, and others will be co-located with local government premises. DWP says it will be better able to offer a more efficient service while delivering good value for the taxpayer, saving around £180 million a year for the next 10 years, under the plans.  

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Consultation on Tackling Air Quality in London

tfl air qualityThe Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched the second phase of consultation on proposals to improve air quality in London.

Earlier this year, the Mayor received a positive response from thousands of Londoners who gave their views on a number of initiatives to improve the quality of the air and the health of Londoners. We are now seeking views on the Emissions Surcharge proposal and options for enhancing the Ultra Low Emission Zone.

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Try An Electric Van Free of Charge

In partnership with the West London Mayors Air Quality Fund (MAQF) consortium Ricardo Energy & Environment are offering businesses across West London the opportunity to trial an electric van for free*. 

The trial is open to all businesses in the West London area and there are 4 Nissan eNV200 (100%) electric vans to offer to businesses for a period of 2 to 4 weeks between October and mid-December 2016. 

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