Regional minister endorses new employment and skills

THE North East Employer Coalition and Business & Enterprise North East (BE-NE) have established a new partnership that will enable the North East Employer Coalition to continue its work with employers and regional employment and skills agencies here in the North East.

From left: Chris Thompson, Jan Thiraway, Alastair MacColl, Howard Forrest and Nick Brown
From left: Chris Thompson, Jan Thiraway, Alastair MacColl, Howard Forrest and Nick Brown

THE North East Employer Coalition and Business & Enterprise North East (BE-NE) have established a new partnership that will enable the North East Employer Coalition to continue its work with employers and regional employment and skills agencies here in the North East.

The Employer Coalition was established during 1998 with the remit to engage employers to help develop the Welfare to Work system with the focus being to provide jobs for people who for many years have been outside the labour market due to disabilities, health related problems or long term unemployment.

The Employer Coalition has helped over 5,000 people return to work over the previous ten years through its work with employers, regional agencies and partners.

The new partnership has been endorsed by the Regional Minister, Nick Brown, who said: “Providing greater access to the labour market for the most disadvantaged people in society is a key challenge for the North East. Over the last ten years, the work of Business Link and the Employer Coalition has ensured more training and job opportunities to help meet this challenge. The new partnership with BE-NE, who operate the Business Link service, can build on this record and f urther strengthen the region's employment base."

Jobcentre Plus Customer Service Director Jan Thirlaway said: “I am particularly pleased to support and endorse the work of the Employer Coalition, which over the years has been highly successful in helping disadvantaged people gain worthwhile jobs and career opportunities."

Chris Thompson, Chair of the Employer Coalition, said: "As Chair of the Employer Coalition as well as Co-Chair of the Regional Employment & Skills Partnership I am delighted the Coalition and BE-NE teams will be working closely together. This will bring an even greater employer focus to the Welfare to Work system."

Alastair MacColl, Business & Enterprise North East Chief Executive, said: "It is more important than ever that we maximise people's employment prospects and reach out by providing effective solutions to assist communities that have been adversely affected by unemployment.

“These are goals that the NEEC team has been continually striving for and we now look forward to further enhancing what the organisation can offer through teaming its work with that of the other support services in the BE-NE portfolio.”

 

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