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REC back on the road in 2010
The REC puts its weight behind Backing Young Britain Campaign
Recruitment body responds to the consultation on the Scottish barring scheme

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) is going up and down the breadth of the UK to talk and listen to its members.

The 2010 On the Road programme is a critical process in keeping members up to date and for them to express their views on the issues the REC should be concentrating on.

Last years successful tour had more than 1000 members attending. This years On The Road starts next week (February 11 and 12) in Chelmsford, Norwich and Cambridge and will run until October.

There will be two types of events this year. The first is a series of workshops called Rethink and Rebuild Your Business which will be held in seven major cities. Led by REC Chief Executive, Kevin Green, these workshops have been designed so that recruiters can engage in round table discussions with key players from the REC so that ultimately, they can come away better informed about the services and standards the organisation delivers.

These workshops will also include updates on major issues facing the recruitment industry such as the implementation of the Agency Workers Directive and the changes to pensions regulations both of which will be introduced in the next two years.

As well as the workshops, Kevin Green will be holding 19 CEO Updates - informal meetings at which members can hear about the economy, how the recruitment industry has been faring in the current economic climate and what the REC is doing to support members.

Commenting on the 2010 On the Road programme, Kevin Green said: We were thrilled with the response from members last year. The 1,000 businesses whom we met represented 25 per cent of our membership and we hope more will come along to the workshops or updates this year.

The events next week are CEO updates on February 11 and 12 with the first workshop Rethink and Rebuild Your Workshop in Leeds on March 10.

The REC puts its weight behind Backing Young Britain Campaign

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has today signed up to the Governments Backing Young Britain Campaign to pledge the recruitment industrys support in helping to prevent a generation of young people being lost to unemployment.

Last November at its National Convention, the REC launched a Youth Employment Taskforce to bring together leading figures in recruitment and HR and provide practical solutions to getting young unemployed people into work.

The RECs Youth Employment Taskforce is chaired by Baroness Prosser, Deputy Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and involves high-profile employers as well as representative bodies such as the CIPD and the Engineering Employers Federation (EEF) and a number of leading recruiters and welfare providers.

Commenting on the Backing Young Britain campaign and on the progress of the REC's Taskforce so far, Chief Executive Kevin Green says:

Whilst the unemployment figures for December showed a decline in the number of young claimants, a further group of job-seekers will be entering the labour market in the summer. Employers and recruiters can play a crucial role by highlighting the skills and support mechanisms that are needed in order to build bridges into the world of work. The REC supports the aims of the Backing Young Britain Campaign and we will be using our Youth Employment Taskforce to drive the debate forward.

As well as enhancing support to young people, the Government must stimulate job creation, for example through the tax regime and by encouraging entrepreneurship. The aim of our Taskforce is to develop practical recommendations on these and other areas and to look at the longer term outlook in terms of jobs and skills needs of the future.

Specific issues that the Youth Employment Taskforce is addressing include:

*How is the employment landscape evolving, what are the jobs of the future for young job-seekers?

*What are the changing attitudes of young people to the world of work and what skills do they need to succeed?

*How can we build effective bridges into the world of work and provide young job-seekers with the support to compete in an increasingly competitive labour market?

Recruitment body responds to the consultation on the Scottish barring scheme

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation has responded to the Scottish Government consultation on the Protection of Vulnerable Groups scheme.

Commenting on the scheme, Lorraine Laryea, Solicitor and Commercial Advisor at the REC said: "Overall, the scheme has taken the role of recruitment agencies into account. The scheme is less far reaching that the Vetting and Barring Scheme proposed for the rest of the UK. The scheme is voluntary and only those working in regulated environments doing a particular task, such as teaching, or those who are work in particular settings and who are unsupervised will need to register."

However there are concerns about how the scheme will operate in practice, Lorraine continues: Agency workers may potentially be asked to provide a new scheme record update to confirm that they are able to take up regulated work for each assignment they are placed on. REC would consider such a requirement as burdensome and unnecessary, particularly as there will be a charge for each update. We hope that the Scottish Government take this concern into account as they develop their scheme."

The REC has also highlighted in its response the potential duplication of checks of workers, such as locum doctors, who are likely to work across the UK. There is no commencement date for this scheme yet. The Vetting and Barring Scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, will be mandatory for new recruits in regulated activity from November 2010.

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