Work experience scheme launched in Newport

A SCHEME offering paid and unpaid work experience to Newport residents dubbed pioneering by the city’s council was launched at Malpas Court yesterday.

The Work Based Learning Academy (WBLA) will support opportunities for young people, graduates, apprentices and the long-term unemployed.

Previously Newport city council and other organisations offered a pool of work experience placements on an ad hoc basis, but this will now be offered on a formal basis.

Unpaid work placements will be for a minimum of one week and a maximum of one month, while paid placements will be for at least six months.

Councillor Deborah Davies, cabinet member for skills and work, said: “Opening up opportunities to help people find permanent employment is important for the individual but also has an economic benefit for the city.

“We want to ensure that local people have the best skills and opportunities so they can be part of Newport’s future growth.”

“Newport council is committed to building on the success of our work programme which has already helped hundreds of unemployed residents find a role in the workplace.”

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7:37am Wed 4 Dec 13

Mr Angry says...

All Rouge Employers, come and get your free Labour here !!!!!!

Why Employ staff - Sack them and get free reeplacement courtesy of the tax payer !!

Mr Duncan Smith wants to end something for nothing, well he's keen on giving employers peoples labour for nothing .
All Rouge Employers, come and get your free Labour here !!!!!! Why Employ staff - Sack them and get free reeplacement courtesy of the tax payer !! Mr Duncan Smith wants to end something for nothing, well he's keen on giving employers peoples labour for nothing . Mr Angry

8:20am Wed 4 Dec 13

Lliswerry Man says...

No matter what you think it is at least a step in the right direction, anything that helps people get a chance at work in the current climate has to be a good thing, If it turns out to be like the OLD MAGGIE T slave Labour YTS and Community Training programmes, then we will know in future never to trust a thing this council says and does.
No matter what you think it is at least a step in the right direction, anything that helps people get a chance at work in the current climate has to be a good thing, If it turns out to be like the OLD MAGGIE T slave Labour YTS and Community Training programmes, then we will know in future never to trust a thing this council says and does. Lliswerry Man

8:30am Wed 4 Dec 13

Mr Angry says...

Lliswerry Man wrote:
No matter what you think it is at least a step in the right direction, anything that helps people get a chance at work in the current climate has to be a good thing, If it turns out to be like the OLD MAGGIE T slave Labour YTS and Community Training programmes, then we will know in future never to trust a thing this council says and does.
It only gives employers the chance to avoid the minimum wage, it is not step in th right direction.
[quote][p][bold]Lliswerry Man[/bold] wrote: No matter what you think it is at least a step in the right direction, anything that helps people get a chance at work in the current climate has to be a good thing, If it turns out to be like the OLD MAGGIE T slave Labour YTS and Community Training programmes, then we will know in future never to trust a thing this council says and does.[/p][/quote]It only gives employers the chance to avoid the minimum wage, it is not step in th right direction. Mr Angry

10:20am Wed 4 Dec 13

33daverave says...

“Newport council is committed to building on the success of our work programme which has already helped hundreds of unemployed residents find a role in the workplace.”

Really.Not what I've heard.Also what about the Council workers losing their jobs or being forced into redundancy.
Hypocrite.
“Newport council is committed to building on the success of our work programme which has already helped hundreds of unemployed residents find a role in the workplace.” Really.Not what I've heard.Also what about the Council workers losing their jobs or being forced into redundancy. Hypocrite. 33daverave

5:51pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Bobevans says...

How strange. Newport Council were calling a very similar Westminster Scheme slave labour
How strange. Newport Council were calling a very similar Westminster Scheme slave labour Bobevans

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