Welsh employer supports male suicide charity with band night fundraiser
Jul04

Welsh employer supports male suicide charity with band night fundraiser

A leading Welsh property and construction firm has raised over £2,000 to help combat male suicide, the leading cause of death for men aged 20 to 49 across the UK, following the loss of a respected and popular co-worker. Jehu Group hosted a fundraising band night at popular Cardiff venue Tramshed in aid of suicide prevention charity CALM, which provides help to men who are down or in crisis, as well as support to those bereaved by...

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Cass CCE report shows charity employers anticipate a major shift towards social investment
Jun29

Cass CCE report shows charity employers anticipate a major shift towards social investment

A new research report, ‘Social investment as a new charity finance tool: using both head and heart’ launched by Cass CCE highlights a major shift in charity funding models away from grants and donations, towards social investment and more borrowing in the next five years. The report was launched at an event at Sarasin & Partners LLP and the findings come from two years of in-depth research involving 120 face-to-face...

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Robey’s Blog: Three reasons NOT to reject a job candidate
Jun22

Robey’s Blog: Three reasons NOT to reject a job candidate

Robey Jenkins, HR Manager for Age UK Gloucestershire shares his weekly blog.  This week, he talks about how not to reject a candidate. No one likes making the phone call to an unsuccessful candidate.  And no one enjoys getting the call that says they haven’t got the job.  But the process is made far worse for both sides when the decision has been made based on the wrong things.  Candidates know instantly when they’ve been judged on...

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New funders enabling more charity employers to pay the real living wage
Jun22

New funders enabling more charity employers to pay the real living wage

  More charities will be able to pay staff the Living Wage now that four new grant-making organisations have joined the Living Wage Foundation’s scheme for charity funders. Often one of the down sides for quality candidates seeking work in the charitable sector is low pay.  While all employers must pay the minimum wage, few charity employers are able to pay their staff the real living wage. This is set to change as the Coutts...

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RSG supports Princes Trust initiative to get disadvantaged young people into employment
Jun22

RSG supports Princes Trust initiative to get disadvantaged young people into employment

The UK’s largest independent recruitment organisation, RSG, has named The Prince’s Trust as it’s chosen charity partner in a bid to help disadvantaged young people across the country take the first steps into work. The Prince’s Trust aims to support 60,000 new young people across the UK, helping to give them the skills and confidence needed to get a job. With five centres across the South, the aim is to reach more than 10,000 new...

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Robey’s Blog: Don’t let your recruitment get Trumped!
Jun15

Robey’s Blog: Don’t let your recruitment get Trumped!

  Poor Donald Trump[1].  It seems that POTUS has been having trouble with his recruitment efforts.  It seems to me – expert in US political analysis as I am – that Donald’s problems arise from a serious conflict of priorities: on the one hand, he yearns for the political credibility that emerges from the ability to assemble an executive team of high-performing professionals; but on the other, it seems that he struggles to work...

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Robey’s Blog: Letting Appraisal Evolve
May31

Robey’s Blog: Letting Appraisal Evolve

For quite a few years, now, HR has been collectively banging its drum about staff appraisals.  The impetus came from two directions: On the one hand, managers wanted to dispense with poor performers, but had no adequate trail of evidence to demonstrate the issues of which they were complaining. On the other hand, employees were complaining that they didn’t get feedback on their work or have a clear understanding of how they were...

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New Work Skills Centre & Specialist Facilities set to Transform Lives in Wales and the borders
May18

New Work Skills Centre & Specialist Facilities set to Transform Lives in Wales and the borders

A new specialist service dedicated to supporting children and young people with complex needs associated with autism has been opened by Orbis Education and Care to support families in Powys. Orbis, one of the UK’s leading providers of education and care for children and young people with an autism spectrum condition (ASC) recently opened its doors at Summergil House; a high-spec facility fully equipped with classrooms, shared lounge...

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Robey’s Blog: Balance with what?
May18

Robey’s Blog: Balance with what?

If you’re working in HR, it’s likely that you will see or hear the expression “work/life balance” at least weekly, if not daily.  But as employers come to grips with a growing catalogue of new legislation; an impending recruitment cliff with the approach of Brexit, and the nebulous expectations of the millennial generation and their successors, it seems timely to take a harder look at this idea. I was prompted to start thinking about...

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Recruitment start-up proves even the sky is no limit!
May16

Recruitment start-up proves even the sky is no limit!

Last month, London-based recruitment start-up, Love Recruitment, jumped out of a plane in the name of charity.  The skydive came as a daring bid to raise money for education material for their India-based charity partners, Nanhi Kali, meaning “for the girl child”. The company smashed their Just Giving page’s fundraising target by 158% which saw two of the office’s youngest, Ross Norton and Skye Vadas, jump out of a plane in April. The...

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Landmark Court of Appeal ruling on disclosure of criminal records will help thousands of people put their past behind them
May10

Landmark Court of Appeal ruling on disclosure of criminal records will help thousands of people put their past behind them

The Court of Appeal last week rejected the Government’s appeal to a decision by the High Court in January last year, which ruled that the criminal records disclosure scheme was disproportionate and unlawful. The judgement involves a number of cases that were heard in the Court of Appeal in February this year, including one from Liberty and one from Hodge, Jones & Allen, supported by Just for Kids Law. The court ruled that the...

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Robey’s Blog: The Hippo in the Room
Apr20

Robey’s Blog: The Hippo in the Room

So, new research has revealed that businesses – and SMEs in particular – are labouring under the burden of a significant risk factor that has, until now, been hiding in plain sight: hippos. And whilst this may or may not be connected to my dream last night that we had acquired an office pig as a security measure, I don’t, of course, mean that there are 3-tonne semi-aquatic mammals hiding in the breakroom and stealing all the...

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Why managing absence is particularly critical for Third Sector employers
Apr19

Why managing absence is particularly critical for Third Sector employers

Guest blog by Absence management specialist Adrian Lewis of Activ Absence The ‘miracle workers’ HR Managers working in the third sector are often referred to as ‘the miracle workers’. That’s because charities face all the same challenges and responsibilities as other employers, and are subject to the same frequent rule changes and laws – and HR is expected to function exactly as it would in any...

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Robey’s Blog: The Careers Day Speech That Never Was
Apr13

Robey’s Blog: The Careers Day Speech That Never Was

Every year, the secretary of my alumnus body invites me to speak at the school careers day and, every year, I can’t make it.  So, if I could, this is what I’d say… I’m not here to persuade you that a glittering future awaits you in the exciting world of Human Resources[1].  If you’re already thinking about it, then I’m not going to dissuade you.  If you’re not, good.  I’m yet to meet an HR person who didn’t find themselves in HR...

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Employers reveal top personal skills they seek in young people – and it seems there is a soft-skills gap
Apr13

Employers reveal top personal skills they seek in young people – and it seems there is a soft-skills gap

UK employers value more than just work-related skills in young people coming out of the education system and into the workplace, according to a study by education charity Central YMCA. The survey of senior managers at more than 200 businesses revealed that learning new skills (57%), being well-read (47%) and having a strong interest in a hobby (43%) are the top three non-work-related qualities employers look for most when hiring young...

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