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Three Stories From The REC

Three Stories From The REC

Government inspections target education and childcare recruitment
REC comment on vetting procedures for overseas locums
Young people need to consider the jobs of the future, says REC

Government inspections target education and childcare recruitment

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has today responded to the Government inspections of recruitment agencies working in education and childcare sectors.

The Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate (EAS) mounted a national exercise involving visits to 50 agencies. A total of 38 were subsequently issued with warnings for failing to comply with the law with 11 of them found to be not following correct procedures on identity and qualification checks. The EAS report did also make it clear that the majority of breaches were for relatively minor infringements.

Commenting on the specific findings of the BIS inspections, Fola Tayo, the RECs Head of Professional Standards added:
Agencies play a key role in providing safe and flexible resourcing options to schools and childcare providers across the country. Huge progress has been made in terms of professional standards but we need to remain vigilant. The RECs Professional Standards team will be looking to work closer with the EAS inspectorate over the coming year and specific initiatives such as the Governments Quality Mark scheme in the education sector will also continue to raise the bar.

Commenting on the overall enforcement campaign, REC Director of External Relations Tom Hadley says:
The REC fully supports the better enforcement campaign and we understand the need to publicise the increased activity. However, we are concerned with the tone of recent press releases and the potential impact on industry perceptions. The reality is that detailed inspections of businesses in any sector would find similar minor breaches of applicable regulations.
"Where more serious breaches are found, we would welcome more details on the specific infringements so that we can raise awareness and potentially launch our own investigation. The Governments enforcement campaign must be about working together to address the more serious examples of bad practice.

REC comment on vetting procedures for overseas locums

The REC has responded to the recent discussions in the press on the potential risks posed by overseas doctors brought over to work out of hours in the NHS.

Commenting on the current inquest into the deaths of two patients in Cambridgeshire treated by a German doctor, Tom Hadley, the RECs Director of External Relations said: The healthcare sector has always had an international dimension and overseas doctors play an important role in delivering front-line services. However, we need to ensure that the right vetting and assessment procedures are in place.

Specialised recruitment agencies have a key role to play within this context but more clarity is needed with regards to the constraints that EU freedom of movement regulations place on language and competency checks. The Government, Trusts and specialised agencies to continue working together to ensure that recruitment within the NHS meets the highest safety standards.

The REC Medical Sector Group is made up of specialised agencies supplying locum doctors and other healthcare professionals into the NHS. All members sign up to the Code of Professional Practice which includes specific provisions on carrying out checks on workers.

Young people need to consider the jobs of the future, says REC

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has today responded to a Government-commissioned report into the landscape of future jobs.

The research shows that a number of factors including population growth and climate change, alongside developments in science and technology, will lead to different careers in the future.

Commenting on the report, Anita Holbrow, Chair of the RECs Future of Employment Working Group (FEWG), said: This report shows that young people are going to need to think ahead when deciding upon future career paths. The careers that seem attractive today may not be so tomorrow. It is important that young people explore their career options and hedge their career prospects on areas of growth.

The Future of Employment Working Group is a coalition of business leaders representing some of the largest and most well known brands in the UK. The Group outlined its plans for the future jobs landscape in a report published at the end of 2009.

Anita Holbrow added: One of the challenges the group found was the need to boost skill levels particularly in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects so that the UK has a workforce that is able to take advantage of these new job opportunities. Recruiters are on the front line of the labour market and therefore ideally placed to advise Government on how best to maximise efforts to give people the right skills for the labour market.

The REC will be making practical recommendations to Government on future jobs through the work of its Youth Employment Taskforce, made up of representatives from the broad business community and chaired by Baroness Prosser.

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