February 2019 sees the start of the Brexit Clinics across 14 councils in Surrey and Hampshire with the first being on the 8th February in Guildford and in Test Valley on the 26th February. We will have speakers and opportunities for 1 to 1 sessions around risk assessment, scenario setting, EU citizens, importing/exporting/transporting, haulage permits and ports in the area, customs/tax changes to the way your business operates in the EU, regulation and standards.
The UK has continued to beat its own record-breaking job figures with a new record employment rate of 75.8% and 32.53 million people in work in November, more than ever before. The unemployment rate remained at a joint 43-year low of 4.0%, with the youth unemployment level having almost halved since 2010 and female employment at a near record high of 71.2%.
There is now a page on Gov.uk to give customers information about our visiting service, who might be eligible, what to expect and checking the visit is genuine.
A reminder that from 1 February 2019, any new claims for Universal Credit can be made regardless of the number of children in the household. Previously, claimants with more than 2 children continued to claim tax credits and this is no longer necessary.
Locally the Partnership team are still busy delivering Universal Credit awareness sessions to our various partners. If you think this is something your team or organisation could benefit from, please feel free to get in touch.
Do you work with young women aged 16-30? Young Women’s Trust are an organisation who offer tailored support to women in this age group regardless of whether or not they are in work. Their ‘Work it Out’ service focuses on confidence and employability through coaching and mentoring. This can be accessed by phone or online and is free to use. The support can be personal – mental health/wellbeing etc, or practical help – looking at CV’s, preparing for an interview.
Louise’s story – “I met YWT at the job centre, I was signing on and doing work experience there too. I had an interview – an assessment day with PWC and was really nervous, so the coaching seemed like a good idea. I worked on talking about my skills and abilities, and how to demonstrate them, and got the job. After the interview I was able to utilise the techniques my coach taught me – it was all transferable. It’s helped me be able to talk to my colleagues and peers in the new job. I was self-conscious because they all went to Oxford or Cambridge and I felt I didn’t have as much to offer, but I can talk about my own experiences and skills more clearly and with confidence now.”
A new YouTube video has been uploaded to or YouTube page detailing how Jobcentre Plus can help support employers. If you haven’t already seen it DWP’s channel has dozens of helpful videos covering subjects from pensions to Universal Credit to interviewing tips.
My Way In is a new website that aims to help people understand the skills needed for different jobs across sectors with some of the highest number of jobs available right now. Top tips, video case studies and ‘how to’ guides are featured on the website to encourage customers to consider applying to new roles on the Find A Job website.
Staines-upon-Thames Farmers Market, Sunday 10th February from 9:30am on the High Street
Each month the Staines-upon-Thames Farmers Market brings you a mouth-watering selection of the very best fresh local produce, seasonal, artisan and street foods and fine crafts. Held on the second Sunday each month on the High Street from 9:30am – 1:30pm.
Some people believe that many Farmers Markets are “nice but expensive”. The Staines-upon-Thames Farmers Market can offer extremely good value for money and more often than not you will actually pay less than you would at a major supermarket for a similar item. Come and see for yourself!
Future dates for Staines-upon-Thames Farmers Market:
Sunday 10th March, Sunday 14th April, Sunday 12th May, Sunday 9th June, Sunday 14th July, Sunday 11th August, Sunday 8th September, Sunday 13th October, November (TBC), Sunday 8th December
The Staines-upon-Thames Farmers Market is bought to you by Visit Staines, the Staines-upon-Thames Business Improvement District and supported by Spelthorne Borough Council.