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REC and DWP renew partnership agreement to help tackle full employment challenge

At an event to promote collaborative working between the DWP and trade associations from across a range of sectors, the Minister will give a key note address about the challenges posed by full employment in the UK before renewing the Partnership Agreement with the REC. 

The Agreement, which was originally established in 2012, sets out practical ways to share knowledge and expertise between the public and private sectors to benefit employers and jobseekers throughout the UK and to stamp out discrimination and unfair employment policies. One example of this is the ongoing collaboration between REC members and the DWP to help those who have lost their jobs following the steel plant closure in Redcar access new jobs and retraining opportunities. 

REC chief executive Kevin Green, said, “This partnership is a great example of the business community working together with government to achieve real benefits for employers and jobseekers. It underpins a huge amount of local level activity including regular dialogue between agencies and jobcentres. At a time when businesses are struggling to find the people they need, this is a statement of intent which will ensure we help employers find the right staff and individuals find the right job.”  

Rt. Hon Priti Patel MP, Minister of State for Employment, said, “Re-affirming the Partnership Agreement between DWP and REC provides clear recognition of the value of the recruitment industry and the opportunities it provides. Forty-seven per cent of vacancies on Universal Jobmatch are from recruitment agencies and I am confident that together we can transform more lives.” 

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