A firm featured in the Government's New Deal advertising campaign has gone into receivership. The firm's dozen odd New Deal apprentices are now looking for new jobs. Merseyside contractor Porter Builders employs about 100 people. Founder Ray Porter featured in the campaign telling train passengers about the New Deal and was later seen in newspaper adverts to mark the scheme's first anniversary.
Career tutor scheme
Teenagers are to get mentors as part of a multi-million pound scheme announced by education secretary David Blunkett. The Connexions scheme will be piloted in five regions in the UK and will make personal advisers available to 13 to 19-year-olds for career guidance. Blunkett said bad career choices made by young people cost the country £350 million.
A woman who was refused a job share has been awarded £27,351 compensation. Support manager Lynn Fraser successfully claimed unfair dismissal and indirect sex discrimination against former employer Stirling Council. Fraser's lawyer Claire McManus of Glasgow-based Harper Macleod said the case was the first involving a single job-share candidate. "This means that where an employee wishes to take on a job share and that post is suitable, the employer should appoint the employee and then seek a partner for her."
Furthering IT skills
Access to new technology skills must be improved, according to research by the Department for Education and Employment. The study found 90 per cent of new jobs require some computing skills. However, 52 per cent of applicants from under-privileged backgrounds describe their computing knowledge as non-existent.
Disabled job agency
A new recruitment company has been set up to match disabled job seekers with employers. PosAbility founder Ruth Newman said, "We look to employers to treat the employment of people with disabilities as a business activity rather than a charity." Chairman Paul Newman, former HR director for Alliance & Leicester, added, "We are the missing link. We are interested in what people can do rather than what they cannot."
Union wins total £38m
Unison won more than £38m compensation for its members in 1999. The figure is the highest achieved by the union which has 1.3 million members. It settled 4,333 claims by members injured during the course of their work. Awards