Our training team has delivered a number of LifeWorks courses and we are proud to report that delegates from these courses are now moving into employment and further vocational training.
Our Property Services team have been invited to tender to provide grounds maintenance work around Kent and a new and exciting project which will provide employment for ex Service, ex offenders that we will deliver in partnership with Blue Sky will now go live in Spring 2012. The Welfare and Healthcare Team continue to support an increasing number of beneficiaries with high quality care, accommodation, advice and guidance.
The latest K’nex ‘Big Build’ project, which has generated much interest and intrigue over the last few weeks will be unveiled early in the New Year when it finally reaches its destination in Houston, Texas. We look forward to providing more detail on this project in January, including information and video footage relating to the build process.
We look forward to providing more detail on this project in January, including information and video footage relating to the build process.
I’d like to wish all our customers, partners and friends a very Happy Christmas and New Year. Thank you for your ongoing support; I look forward to working with all of you to continue our Strategy delivery in 2012.
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The local Conservative MP, Henry Smith, organised and chaired a meeting of organisations committed to making the Work Programme work. The meeting was held in the RBLI/G4S Work Programme office in Crawley and included representatives from G4S, RBLI, Crawley Councillors, the Principal of Central Sussex College, Richmond Fellowship and Job Centre Plus, amongst others.
Lenny Walker, a Crawley Councillor, said that the Work Programme has a real need for partnerships and that our commitment to organising these events to bring people together was crucial to the development of those partnerships.
Following the recent ministerial announcement regarding Organisations that have been selected as preferred bidders for Work Programme, we were delighted that RBLI is a partner for both of those who were successful in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. We look forward to working with them to deliver innovative and successful solutions for Work Programme customers.
The Work Programme is the Government’s flagship employment programme which combines most of the current programmes into one. Its aim will be to deliver innovation, customised support and sustainable jobs, all of which are at the heart of RBLI activities. The current economic climate will undoubtedly create some challenges for those delivering this new programme. However we believe our Social Enterprise model, condition management programme, motivational workshops, employability training courses and in work support services will ensure RBLI is well placed to overcome these.
In addition we continue to progress a range of initiatives which will enable us to increase the number of beneficiaries we support. Many of these can also be integrated into Work Programme to provide enhanced support to specific customer groups. Plans to set up the Learning Café at our head office site continue to progress. We are also excited about our involvement with the charity Blue Sky, as we work together to develop employment and training opportunities for ex Service personnel who also have a history of offending. Blue Sky run a number of projects which offer employment to ex offenders and amongst the group of individuals with whom they work have reduced re-offending to one quarter of the national average.
We go from strength to strength in Employment Solutions where, as the end of the year fast approaches, it is perhaps time for some reflection and also to peer into the future. This year has seen a number of resounding successes by RBLI. Our Welfare team was awarded an ‘A’ grading by Kent County Council for its exceptional performance in delivering the Supporting People Programme and our wonderful staff in the Workstep team continued to deliver above target both on job outcomes and sustainments. The team also executed a professional and comprehensive handover to the new Workchoice providers. Although sad to see some of our people transfer over on TUPE to the new providers; this is very much the way of life in the Welfare to Work industry. However, we remain in touch through our successful RBLI alumni programme.
We have also said farewell to a few of the management and support staff due to the cessation of Workstep in the South East. However, we have welcomed new staff with a new Project Manager for our exciting training delivery programme with the Army Recovery Capability; two new advisers on our Business to Business team and have reinforced our Work Programme team to ensure we provide our normal first rate quality of service to the Prime Contractors on the Work Programme framework agreement. Our Access to Work Assessment team is growing in size to match the success and growth in this area. We are currently helping over 500 clients on the Pathways Programme. Also, early in 2011 we have plans to launch a vocational assessment service (called Lifeworks) which will have national coverage for the Armed Forces Community. Busy days ahead I think.
Our Manufacturing Division, with over 104 disabled employees, also goes from strength to strength and is now formally accredited as a Social Enterprise and will be re-titled early in the New Year. Our ‘Fulfilment’ team achieved a world record for the construction of the tallest model railway at St Pancras Station and the order books are filling up as a result.
Our strong links with Kent County Council are also developing further with our mutual ambition to ‘do more’ together to assist disabled people back into employment and reach out to those from the Armed Forces Community. This will reinforce our ability to deliver sustainable outcomes in the new Work Programme.