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Using apprenticeships to support recruitment and retention in social care

There were 1.9 million requests for adult social care support received by local authorities in 2020-21, according to NHS Digital. We heard from Skills for care about improving recruitment and retention in the social care sector with the use of apprenticeships to help meet the demands for social care requests.

Improving Workplace Relations to Drive Higher Staff Satisfaction and Retention

Two-thirds of university staff are considering leaving the sector, according to a new University and College Union report. Deteriorating work conditions have been cited as a contributing factor. Emma Slaven, Senior Advisor at ACAS, shares how transforming workplace relations and simple workplace adjustments can improve staff satisfaction and retention.

Taking a Whole-Organisation Approach to Workforce Wellbeing

Promoting wellbeing in the workplace helps reduce presenteeism and mental health-related absence. We heard from Jessica Easterbrook, Lead HR and OD Consultant at East Sussex County Council, on why implementing a whole-organisation approach to workforce wellbeing is essential for improving overall productivity.

Online Training for New Anti-Social Behaviour Practitioners

The Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Department at Stockport Home Group have developed a new virtual programme to train new anti-social behaviour practitioners. We heard from Liz Smith, Head of ASB as she discussed the benefits of digital onboarding programmes.

Youth Employability: Widening Access to Technical Education

The DFE have developed several new policies to reform the further education sector, with the aims of improving youth employability. We heard from Sue Lovelock from the Department for Education about the value of T Levels and the importance of widening access to technical education to further promote employment.

Youth Employability: Supporting Young Disabled People into Work by Building Relationships with Employers

There is often a misconception that disabled people are not as capable of holding down jobs or working in skilled sectors. We heard from Ellen Atkinson, Regional Adviser at the National Development Team for Inclusion. Ellen discussed why these myths should be dispelled and how employers can create pathways for disabled people to enter the workplace.

Youth Employability: Supporting Youth Employment – A Cross-Government National Approach

More and more young people are claiming universal credit. To tackle this the Government’s Plan for Jobs is delivering a comprehensive package of support for young people, to help them into work. We heard from Tammy Fevrier, from the Department of Work and Pensions who discuss the current state of youth employment and opportunities to maximize youth employability.

Creating a Safer Work Culture through Engagement with Senior Leadership

Thirtyone:eight are a faith-based charity that strive to assist organisations in creating a safer and more inclusive culture in their workplace. This case study explores thirtyone:eight’s guiding principles for organisations to follow when looking to improve their safeguarding strategy.

Issues Faced in Public Sector Recruitment and Retention

Since 2010, the public sector workforce has dropped by 7%, presenting challenges across public services and affecting the quality of services. This infographic examines the current landscape of the public sector workforce, as well as recruitment and retention rates within the sector.

Breaking the Stigma Surrounding Mental Health: Creating a Successful Employee Network

In this case study, we look at the work of Jakki Mills and Richard Tunsich of the Insolvency Service, discussing the successes of their employee network group, Break the Stigma, and the work it has undertaken to support employees during the pandemic.

Workplace Wellbeing: Encouraging Workplace Leaders to Embrace Diversity

Jess Lievesley, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Austin Omotoso, Clinical Nurse Leader at St Andrew's Healthcare spoke about staff led conversations to improve wellbeing in the workplace, as well as ways of embracing diversity.

How Flexible Working can Support Diversity and Inclusion

Covid-19 exposed inequalities in workplace structures and introduced a new way of working to many. Welsh gender equality charity Chwarae Teg report the need to work towards gender inequality, whilst highlighting the benefits of agile working to mitigate inequality.

Returning to the Office: A Guide for Employers

Employers are welcoming their employees back into the office as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. To make this transition as safe as possible, many things need to be considered. This report acts a guide for employers on how to best prepare for the return to the office, as well as how to best install hybrid and flexible working.

Reshaping the Workplace: Mental Wellbeing in an Age of Virtual & Hybrid Working

Many workers struggled to adapt to a remote working environment – with reports of loneliness and isolation. Jonny Gifford from the CIPD shared their insights into promoting mental wellbeing during a time of remote working and hybrid working.

Black History Month in the Workplace: Addressing Inequalities

Only 1 in 6 people at senior leadership level in the public and private sectors are from an ethnic minority background. This infographic gives an overview of diversity and inclusion issues in workplaces across the UK.

Recognising Neurodiversity in the Workforce

Around 1 in 7 of the UK population is neurodivergent. This article explores neurodiversity, highlighting issues surrounding diversity, inclusion and understanding neurodivergent people in the workforce.

Workplace Wellbeing: The Workplace Health Programme of Northamptonshire

Holly Koenig, Wellbeing Co-ordinator for Public Health Northamptonshire spoke about the Workplace Health Programme of Northamptonshire.

Gender at Work: Barriers and Solutions for Gender Equality in the Workplace

Felicia Willow spoke at the Achieving Gender Equality in the Workplace Conference, 2021 about the current barriers and solutions for gender equality in the workplace.

The Reshaping the Future of Women In Business Conference in Conversation with Louise Prachard

Louise Prachard engages in conversation about the future of women in business.

Risk Management: Overcoming Challenges and Avoiding Mistakes

In this case study we’ll look at common pitfalls in risk management and how best to mitigate them.