Urban Futures - Newsletter Vol 6

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  • 3. Introduction from the chief

    executive

    4. Stansted marks first

    successful first year new

    ownership - Anniversary

    Dinner

    5. Stansted Airport job fair

    attracts hundreds

    6 & 7. Interview with Granville

    Barrand

    8. Raising Aspirations &

    Inspiring Success in

    Employment (RAISE)

    9. Brand New Urban Futures

    Website

    10. Interview with Michael

    Locke

    11. Growth Voucher

    Programme

    12. Community Work

    Placement Programme - G4S

    13. Goodbye to Robert Prague

    - Former Marketing Manager

    13. New Hammersmith Office

    14. Workroutes

    15. What to expect in our next

    edition

    16. Find us Online

    Urban Futures welcomes new staff

    Gareth Evans - Head of Employer Accounts

    Soji Olukunle - Interim Ops Manager - CWP

    Lalita Sandhu - Employment Advisor

    Candice Dinnal - Receptionist

    Rosharn Vitalis - Engagement Officer

    Stephanie Donawa - Receptionist

    Amit Mandalia Employment Advisor

    Wafaa Sunkur Work Experience Coordinator

    Hartley Wilkinson - Employment and Placement Co-ordinator

    Roweena Walker - Account Manager

    Vitaliy Zaporozhets - Account Manager

    Anthony Lowe - should be Account Manager

    Christophe Ah-Hang Business Manager (CWP contract)

    Jamie Nicholas Employment and placement co-ordinator

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  • Its June already and we are late with this

    edition of the newsletter so my apologies for

    that. However, with all that has been going on,

    Robert Prague leaving, and new offices and

    contracts coming on stream it has been a very

    busy time for us all.

    In our accounts to the end of March 2014 we

    recorded a modest surplus after some write

    downs for bad debts and this represents a

    good barometer of where we have been and

    where we are going. Operating in the

    employment and skills market is not for the

    faint hearted and we have had to endure a

    couple of years where we had to establish

    ourselves more fully in the market place here

    in London which can be rather crowded at

    times.

    Which is a long way really of saying we have

    done well to solidify our position with funders,

    local authorities, and the wider sector

    providers and continue to win contracts that

    we will deliver over this financial year and the

    following. And not least, a huge new contract

    working with G4S in the delivery of

    Community Work Placements (CWP)

    programme. This programme will focus on

    those customers who have gone through 2

    years on the Work Programme and are still

    unemployed. We will work with them to get

    them a quality work placement in the

    community sector enabling them to gain

    confidence and support to get back into paid

    employment.

    In addition we have

    also won a smaller

    sub contract with

    Reed in Partnership

    to deliver an ESF

    employability

    programme in

    Hammersmith &

    Fulham and will build

    onto a significant portfolio of work in that

    borough including the Work Programme, our

    own RAISE ESF programme, and now CWP.

    However, there are potential dark clouds on the

    horizon and Urban Futures cannot remain

    immune from the austerity cuts affecting the

    public sector and particularly the FE sector.

    Already we have had notification of a significant

    reduction in one of our college contracts and

    we need to continue to minimise the impact of

    this through acquiring other contracts

    elsewhere.

    The year 2015 15 promises to be difficult but

    potentially rewarding. Through our on-going

    quality work and the excellent front line

    delivery we currently have I expect us to do

    well. This is not guaranteed however and I

    continue to urge all staff to do their utmost to

    support the continuation and development of

    the company. Remember we are a social

    enterprise and all surpluses are reinvested.

    I look forward to working with you all this year

    and beyond.

    Steve Delaney, Chief Executive.

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  • The Stansted Employment & Skills Academy is proud to be part of the first anniversary event of Manchester Airports Groups (M.A.G) acquisition of Stansted Airport. The 1.5bn acquisition has opened up an exciting chapter in the airports history. More than 200 invited guests ranging from MPs, regional business leaders to representatives from councils, airlines and transport operators gathered at Duxford Imperial War Museum near Cambridge on Thursday, February 27, to mark the airports first anniversary under new ownership. Guest speaker for the evening was senior travel editor for The Independent, Simon Calder, who gave an amusing slide show and speech about his experiences of Stansted and adventures as a travel writer.

    In the first 12 months of new ownership, Stansted has already made some big

    achievements, including: 4

    launching a 260 million investment programme to improve the passenger experience;

    agreeing long term growth deals with Ryanair, EasyJet and Thomas Cook;

    attracting new airlines: Air Moldova, Atlantic Airways, Loganair, Aegean, Transaero;

    returning the airport to growth for first time since 2007;

    securing CAA agreement to free Stansted from economic regulation;

    gaining corporate business support for direct long-haul services.

    Andrew Harrison, Stansted Airports Managing Director (pictured above) said: "This has been a fantastically exciting and fast moving year at Stansted when you consider what weve achieved in just 12 months. Its been challenging at times but we all should be proud of what we have done in a short space of time.

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    "In M.A.G ownership weve launched a 260million investment programme which includes an 80 million terminal transformation project to improve the passenger experience. We have signed long term deals with airlines that will add an extra 11 million passengers over the next decade and our regulator has agreed to free us from price controls so we can get on with building long term commercial partnerships with airlines something that will be great for passengers. To top it all off, we have started to see positive results with passenger numbers on the increase for the first time since 2007.

    Hundreds of jobseekers attended a free job fair at

    Stansted on March 27th, 2014 to see the array of

    employment and careers opportunities on offer at

    the airport.

    Almost 700 recruits packed Stansteds Enterprise

    House keen to meet and speak to a wide range of

    airport companies that were offering over 120

    vacancies and advice on how to get on the job

    ladder. Among the firms attending were JD

    Wetherspoon, Premier Inn, No.1 Traveller, M.A.G,

    Empark, World Duty Free, Boots and The Restaurant

    Group.

    The fair was organised by the Stansted Airport

    Employment and Skills Academy which acts as a one

    -stop-shop employment agency at the heart of the

    airports operation. Thousands of jobseekers have

    benefited from the Academy since it opened in 2008

    with help in finding a job or to sign-up to a wide

    range of training programmes.

    Anita Garrard, Stansted Employment and Skills

    Academys Training and Quality Senior Manager,

    said: It was an extremely busy day with a

    tremendous amount of people coming from all parts

    of the region and London to see what opportunities

    there are at Stansted. Employers will be sorting

    through applications over the coming weeks and we

    look forward to seeing some of the faces we have

    seen here today at the airport in the future.

  • Q1. What is your official job title and how

    long have you worked with Haringey

    Education Business Partnership (HEBP)?

    A1. I was seconded by Haringey Education

    Service in 1987 to support the development

    and delivery of the Haringey EBP and I have

    worked for the organisation ever since.

    Initially my role was defined as Education

    Director, then Operations Manager and

    currently as HEBP Manager.

    Q2. What are your key programmes?

    A2. We currently work with 15 schools /

    colleges in Haringey, delivering work

    experience and a wide range of enterprise

    and work related activities, including

    Interview skills on employer premises,

    Health & Safety Awards, Enterprise

    Challenges, student visits to business and

    reciprocal visits by employers to schools.

    We also manage/deliver three Government

    funded programmes:

    The Pre Apprenticeship Programme, an ESF

    funded project managed by the London EBP

    network which seeks to help young people

    learn about and access apprenticeship

    opportunities.

    The Innovation Fund (DWP) and Changing

    Futures (ESF) programmes supporting young

    people who are at risk of underachieving and/

    or exclusion from school and of becoming

    NEET at 16+. Support includes the delivery of

    group and individualised learning

    programmes, mentoring and work related

    learning activities.

    Q3. How many young people are you

    currently engaging with?

    A3. On average we provide learning

    opportunities each year for about 3,000

    students. Numerically our largest programme

    is work experience, providing over 1700 one-

    week work p