LMI Bulletin 27/04/2018 (Issue 365)

Produced by the LMI Team at Education Development Trust 

LMI Bulletin 27/04/2018 (Issue 365)

Job Gains & Losses

Plans for a shipping container village on Gateshead Quayside have been released. The River Brew Company plans to create a micro-brewery, tap room, restaurant, hawkers market and custom build bike and coffee shop, among other attractions creating around 100 new jobs. (The Chronicle)

Salesfire , a Middlesbrough ecommerce company is looking for new staff. Based in the town’s Boho Six, on Linthorpe Road, the company wants to hear from “enthusiastic” people who are “confident about getting out there” (GazetteLive)


North East Business Awards
The awards are a good source of information on businesses in the region. The winner of the big prize of North East Company of the Year was Merit Holdings, an engineering firm in Cramlington.

NHS Veterans' mental health services in England 
Specialist mental health services for veterans are available via the NHS. Details of services available and how to contact these services locally can be accessed via the link above.

Contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours: April 2018
The Office for National Statistics has produced figures on the number of workers who have a zero-hours contract as their main job. The data shows that there were 1.8 million contracts without a minimum number of hours in November 2017, up from 1.7 million in 2016. ONS however warn that this rise in figures should be treated with caution as reporting this data became compulsory between these two periods. The data also shows that people on zero-hours contracts are more likely to be young, part-time, women or in full-time education when compared with other people in employment.

Access to work grants increased
People at work who are disabled or have a physical or mental health condition can now claim up to £57,200 a year via DWP's Access to Work grants. The grants can pay for additional support that people may need in the workplace beyond reasonable adjustments.

The grants can cover things such as:

  •  workplace adaptations
  •  assistive technology
  •  transport
  •  interpreters

How much a person receives depends on their circumstances. The money doesn’t have to be paid back and will not affect any other benefits.

Apprenticeship poster - Music and Drama
The Amazing Apprenticeships website has resources to help individuals learn more about apprenticeships. One of the latest resources on the website is a poster which links the subject areas of music and drama to careers and apprenticeships using these subjects.

Education Select Committee - Apprenticeship Quality
Since November last year, the Education Select Committee has been taking evidence on the quality of apprenticeships and skills training. The latest round of evidence includes Mark Dawe, the chief exec of the Association of  Employment and Learning Providers. A Q&A session but interesting insight into some of the issues that providers and employers are facing with the new system.   


Bulletin date: 
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 13:00