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New partnership to help unemployed back to work

New partnership to help unemployed back to work

Recruitment consultants are joining forces with Jobcentre Plus across the West Midlands as part of the Governments package of support to help people who become unemployed, including professionals and executives.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Jobcentre Plus and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) at a breakfast meeting in Birmingham today. Margaret Tovey, Jobcentre Plus Director for the West Midlands, was joined by Philip Delaloye, REC's regional chair of directors, to pledge co-operation in helping people back to work.

The meeting was also attended by REC West Midlands regional directors, Richard Toy and Susie Ankrett also Louise Hewitt and Gaynor Cook, Managing Director and Business Director of Hewitt Recruitment.

Margaret Tovey said the partnership would be beneficial for all involved: In the past, recruitment agencies would have seen Jobcentre Plus as a competitor, but we are all in the same business the business of finding jobs for people - so it makes sense to join up our efforts and draw on each others expertise to give our customers access to the widest range of jobs possible. This includes specialist and higher-level vacancies through the confederations members.

Philip Delaloye said: The partnership between Jobcentre Plus and REC members offers the right support to people who are seeking work and will ensure that the full range of opportunities is available to them. This agreement will give employers access to a larger bank of suitable candidates.

Jobcentre Plus and REC have agreed to work together to:
 Help people into work by giving them the right support and the best opportunities for training and jobs  Promote the benefits of a diverse workforce by offering employers clear guidance and access to the widest possible range of people seeking work
 Act as champions against discrimination and challenge unfair employment policies  Share expertise to create the best ways of helping people back into work  Give employers the support they need to help people with different circumstances move back into work  Deliver a professional service that will show the positive results that recruitment agencies and Jobcentre Plus achieve every day and
 Promote the work that they are doing together that can make a difference to employers and people looking for work, such as the Diversity Pledge, Local Employment Partnerships and Integrated Employment and Skills.

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