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Posted By Stewart Holdsworth, Serco, 27 July 2017
Updated: 19 July 2017

Getting to grips with your IEP 

by Stewart Holdsworth, Serco

The IEP and Serco recently partnered to deliver a series of Webinars to colleagues working at Serco and across its supply chains in West Midlands, South Yorkshire and London.

The Webinars focused on the benefits of Continuous Professional Development and the IEPinfo offer, including an overview of what resources are available and how to access them to provide maximum benefit. Perhaps most importantly of all, were the examples given to showcase how somebody working in the sector could make the most of key resources, such as IEP’s extensive Knowledge Bank, supporting them in their role, whether case worker or in senior management.

Thisara David (IEP’s Operations Manager (left)) provided a detailed overview of the following support available through IEPInfo:

- Knowledge Bank

- CPD modules & learning packs

- Employability People

- Jobs Board

The Webinar also covered the benefits of being an IEP Member and the extra resources and support available once you become a full Member:          

- Bursaries and free Conference attendance (upon application)

- Standing for and voting in Elections

- Letters after your name (AIEP, MIEP, FIEP)

- Mentoring

- CPD Recording

As a Corporate Affiliate of IEP, Serco has provided the access to IEPinfo for all its supply chain partners delivering employment related services and the Webinars are one of the ways in which they are supporting those frontline delivery staff to get the most out of these fantastic resources.

You can listen to the Webinar by clicking here

IEP can produce a similar but bespoke Webinar for the benefit of your staff. If you would like more information please email


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Employability Day 2017

Posted By Heather Ette, 14 July 2017
Updated: 17 July 2017

Employability Day 2017: An Overview of Britain’s Disabled Workforce

by Rob Slane, Emsi

In just a few months from now, the Government will be launching its new welfare-to-work scheme, the Work and Health Programme. The scheme is intended to provide specialised employment support for both people with disabilities and the long-term unemployed, but the Government’s expectation is that the majority of those referred to the Programme will be those who are classed as disabled.

Scott Parkin, Chair of the Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP) said: “The Work and Health Programme presents an opportunity for us all to help create a world where disabled people are seen for what they can do rather than what they can’t.  For frontline staff that means being prepared for a different way of working, providing professional, tailored care and support to meet the needs of customers and their families.”

This being the case, and to coincide with UK Employability Day, we thought it would be an opportune moment to combine own Labour Market Intelligence with data from the Labour Force Survey to give some insight into the numbers of people with disabilities currently at work across the country, looking at what jobs they are employed in, and which industries employ the most disabled people.

Let’s begin by noting the numbers of people with disabilities currently working in Britain. Out of a total workforce of around 29.8 million, the number classified as disabled (as defined by the 2010 Equality Act) totals around 3.3 million, or approximately 11% of the total work force. This is clearly a significant proportion of the British workforce, but it leads to our second question, which is what jobs are they actually employed in?

A look at occupations

Starting with a look at broad level occupations (2-digit SOC level), the chart below shows the proportion of workers in these occupations that are classed as disabled (with the grey line showing the 11% national average):

Beyond these high level occupations, we can also delve down into more specific job classification levels (4-digit SOC) to identify some more noteworthy data. The graph immediately below shows the occupations with the highest proportion of disabled workers, and the subsequent graph shows the occupations with the highest actual number of disabled workers:

Most of the jobs in the second of these graphs are some of the biggest employing occupations in the country, and so it is perhaps unsurprising that they would include significant numbers of people with disabilities working in them. But the first graph throws up at least one very interesting observation. It is noticeable that there are a couple of occupations that are ordinarily self-employed (artists (19%) and authors (18.4%)). On the positive side, what this might indicate is that there is a good degree of self-sufficiency amongst people with disabilities. However, it might also indicate – although this is nothing more than a suggestion – that people with disabilities are finding it difficult to enter the full-time labour market and so end up working for themselves.

A look at industries

Having looked at occupations, we can now do essentially the same exercise with industries. Beginning with a high level overview (this time we are using 1-digit SIC codes), the chart below shows the percentage of people in each industry classed as disabled, and once again the grey line shows the 11% national average:

As you can see, the workforce in some industries includes a significant number of people with disabilities. For instance, agriculture, forestry and fishing (15%); other service activities (14%); real estate activities (13%); administrative and support service activities (13%); and human health and social work activities (13%). At the other end of the spectrum, sectors such as information and communication (8%); and financial and insurance activities (8%) employ proportionately few.

As we did with occupations, we can also go beyond those broad level industries to look at far more specific sectors (4-digit SIC level). The first graph below shows the industries with the highest proportion of disabled workers, and the subsequent graph shows the industries that employ the highest actual number of disabled workers:

As with occupations, the industries in the second graph tend to be those that are the biggest all round employers, and so the fact that they employ significant numbers of people with disabilities is not particularly surprising. However, the data in the first graph is interesting, as it shows that there are some quite niche sectors – manufacture of ceramic tiles and flags; and artistic creation, for instance – where a large proportion of the workforce have a disability.

In Conclusion

The data we have presented above shows clearly that the disabled workforce makes up a significant part of the national economy. It also shows that there are many occupations and industries where representation is far higher than the national average – including in some self-employed jobs and some fairly niche sectors.

With the Work and Health Programme in mind, what this can begin to do is to open up a few questions in the minds of those service providers who are awarded the contracts to run the Programme. For example, where are there the likely pinch points likely to be as the labour market tightens up? Might the occupations and industries that are currently employing fewer disabled people than others provide opportunities in the future? Are those occupations and industries that are currently employing significant numbers of people with disabilities set to grow over the next few years, and if so, does this present us with opportunities?

As Scott Parkin noted: “This data shows that there are many disabled people in a range of occupations but there is much work to be done to close the disability gap. One way of doing that is to help employers gain more confidence in how to support disabled people and people with health conditions and help them understand that, in many cases, it often takes just a few, seemingly small adjustments.

"Initiatives such as the Disability Confident programme are making great strides in providing information and advice to employers to help them recruit and retain disabled people but employment support providers also have an important part to play in improving their knowledge and skills so they are better informed about the issues and challenges people face.  Working to improve partnerships between employers, advisers, specialist support agencies and health professionals to provide genuinely holistic support will also be key to brokering successful outcomes and the IEP will be working hard to equip our members with the advice and knowledge they need for this exciting new future.”

Gareth Parry, CEO Remploy said "This report highlights both the diverse career opportunities that are open to disabled people across the UK today, and the challenges that remain in opening up specific sectors and roles to all.

"The data shows that disabled people are underrepresented in important growth sectors of our economy such as IT, communications and financial services. The recent announcement of the Disability Confident sector leaders group is welcome, encouraging the sharing of best practice within sectors. We should be doing more to equip businesses to build their internal capacity and support their employees with a disability or health condition. Remploy is working on a number of initiatives in this area.

"The Work and Health Programme will have an important role to play. However, it's also important that disabled people who are already in work, and those who acquire a disability or health condition during their working life, can access effective support. Programmes such as the Access to Work Workplace Mental Health Support Service, which offers free support for those struggling to remain in work because of their mental health condition, and high quality occupational health provision, can make a real difference in helping people to sustain employment and progress in their career."

Tom Bromwich, Operations Director, Pluss said “This is a most interesting and welcome piece of research that is close to Pluss’ heart. Pluss’ vision is to inspire people of all abilities to achieve a career, and our first principle is always to understand what the job seekers aspirations are in respect of work and find the most suitable job match.
 “However we do know that many employers still have concerns and a lack of confidence when it comes to employing people with disabilities. This is mainly because they are worried about doing the right thing or don’t know quite how to go about it.
“We need to ensure that employers are aware of the support that is available to them to overcome perceived barriers. Pluss’ role in the Disability Confident campaign is all about addressing those concerns.”


For more information on how our data can identify employment trends in the nation and in your region, contact Andy Durman at

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Fellows Dinner Review

Posted By Heather Ette, 07 July 2017

A Great Platform to Discuss Positive Change


The third Fellows Dinner, hosted by APM, took place in Birmingham and was a great success offering an opportunity for senior sector colleagues to come together to discuss key issues, network and share ideas, giving a real perspective from those at the heart of the employability profession.

“APM were really pleased to support this Fellows Dinner and to host it in Birmingham. The chance to discuss issues relevant to our sector without having to wear a corporate hat the whole time was refreshing.” Pat Russell, Integrated Health Director, APM.

“The event was a very interesting evening, full of very informed conversation and debate, the venue was also a good choice. The people present were great company and the evening overall was very enjoyable. I look forward to the next dinner to have the chance to meet more senior and highly experienced sector professionals.”  Richard Brooks FIEP, Setas.

“The Fellows Dinner was just brilliant, comprising of experienced and knowledgeable individuals, awesome food and a lovely environment.  Discussions were inspiring and motivational.  The event highlighted to me, that behind all the day to day practice in the sector there are individuals who are passionate, dynamic, creative and intuitive; who want to improve life chances for individuals by ensuring approaches are fit for purpose and effective.  I was privileged to be in the company of Fellows who represent a positive culture for positive change in the sector.  Being my first event I did not know what to expect, I came away feeling valued as I had the opportunity to share my experiences and learn from others.  Looking forward to the next event.” Sharon Baker, Curriculum Development Manager, APM.

“I had a thoroughly enjoyable and informative evening, sharing conversation about the challenges and opportunities in our sector with peers.  Having the opportunity to discuss thoughts with others in an informal environment was really welcome, and encouraged a degree of candid conversation that would likely not have been achieved in other environments. The diversity of attendees also meant the range of thoughts and opinions was fascinating.” Ayden Sims, Director of Business Development, Remploy.

“Absolutely fabulous food, great company and very interesting conversation. The forum was great and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Sharon and listening to her take on things which was hugely refreshing.” Teresa Scott, MBA FIEP, FCIPD, Founder and Chief Executive, Kennedy Scott.

If you are interested in joining the conversation and attending the next Fellows Dinner please email with your preference of location.




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IEP Board Update

Posted By Heather Ette, 01 July 2017
Updated: 01 July 2017

IEP Board Update – Current Projects, Partnerships and Promotion

By Scott Parkin FIEP, IEP Chairman


After another successful IEP Board Meeting, last week, I am pleased to give you an update on what we are doing and what progress has been made. 

Public Policy, Government, Regions and International

The IEP continues to raise its profile across governmental departments with activity surrounding the consultation from the DWP on its Merlin Refresh.

We are making good progress with our Employability Apprenticeship Trailblazer with almost all of the premier employment support delivery organisations now actively involved in the development of these standards. We are also expecting support in the near future from the Skills and Apprenticeships Funding Agency.

Discussions have continued to take place around how we may have specific products or offers for devolved regions, specifically in Scotland and Wales and potentially the Republic of Ireland. 

There has been some progress made with Jobcentre Plus (JCP), culminating in a partnership proposal. This proposal has gathered lots of support from numerous organisations across the sector and is seen as a very positive industry wide initiative. It has become really useful for discussions in Greater Manchester, a devolved City Region, and with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority who are taking a lead role to gather support. The proposal will include memberships for JCP staff and also non-employment support specialists in local authority settings. This would be a significant step towards IEP’s mission to become truly ‘sector wide’ and will be very positive in developing relationships and understanding across public, private and charitable sector delivery in the region.

Since the last Board Meeting, there has been good progress with our initiative to support the potential development of a ‘Saudi Arabia IEP’. Discussions are now underway, with the support of Working Links, and with other UK based providers that support delivery and policy development in Saudi Arabia.

Finally, a delegation from the Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs is visiting the UK this week to conduct a series of interviews with individuals involved in the IEP. This will build a case study example of the work that the IEP does and they will learn lessons from senior industry practitioners on ‘what works’ specifically around disability assessments and the support that is needed.

Campaigns for 2017

Increasing numbers of Corporate Affiliates are stepping forward to hold local networking events and the list is growing.

On the back of the Employability Apprenticeship Trailblazer work, there is a larger initiative to build an updated Career and Skills Map (Career Routeways) to promote the work of the sector amongst higher education institutions and other areas where candidates could be accessed. This also adds real benefit for those already working in the profession in that they can use this to career plan their own journey.

Training and Development Campaign

The IEP were delighted to be able to award 5 bursary places across three organisations for the IEP / ERSA ‘Working Towards Better Mental Health’ Conference in Birmingham providing evidence of a key member benefit and an opportunity for those lucky members to develop their own CPD.  We have a further 8 bursaries being offered for the forthcoming IntoWork Convention, reflecting the need for an increase in overall activity and the benefits of engaging IEP Members to share knowledge and understanding.

In addition to the IEP’s training Webinar, that was held in partnership with Seetec’s HR team, enabling members within Seetec an insight of how to use the full aspects of their Membership, we also completed a series of Webinars for and with the Serco Supply Chain. Working closely with Stewart Holdsworth we developed a Webinar presentation for Serco’s IEPinfo which was aimed at supporting them to use the resources of the IEP website, often for the very first time, for independent training, learning and development. Given its success and the immediate increased awareness of the IEP’s training, learning and development capacity we will now be offering this service to all other Corporate Affiliates.

We are pleased that Carley Consult are carrying out a strategic review and refresh of the IEP Mentoring programme, and have developed a survey for Fellows in order to get views on how these services can be improved. It is expected that they will collate the responses and provide feedback in August.

Over the last two months, and through discussions with Remploy, Skillsmatch, Seetec and other Corporate Affiliates, the Executive has developed a proposal to refresh the ‘Endorsed by IEP’ programme. The proposal aims to develop a Learning and Development Committee which will build a network and living map / directory of training opportunities offered across the country. Through this programme Individual Members can access learning that interests them and would be useful to their role, thus taking control of their own CPD.

The IEP executive team continues to provide bespoke support to smaller Corporate Affiliates, analysing their business aims, to provide whatever support the IEP can to deliver enhanced learning.


The Corporate Affiliate Programme continues to grow at an excellent pace with the number of Corporate Affiliates now at an all-time high of 30 organisations.

The ‘Endorsed by IEP’ programme will form part of a wider qualifications review expected to take place over the course of the next six months which will help employability professionals to see the IEP as the primary source of information on career progression within the sector. This fits well with the Careers and Skills Map being developed as part of the Trailblazer, and will provide good, clear guidance on how Individual Members can progress in their careers.

The IEP has appointed 4 new fellows over the course of the last two months and an additional application is currently being processed.  The most recent IEP’s Fellows’ Dinner, supported by APM, was a great success and we look forward to hosting events in Manchester and London before the end of the year.

We aim to utilise IEP Fellows on Employability Day in June, organised by ERSA, to highlight the importance of the Employability sector and the work it does across the country. A special edition of EP will be devoted solely to this day and partners like Emsi have some exciting and innovative ideas on what we could do.

Partnerships and Promotion

The IEP were delighted with the turnout of last week’s Working Towards Better Mental Health Conference which we held in partnership with ERSA. We’ve had some great feedback from delegates and look forward to working on future events.

The IEP, alongside partner Empowering-Communities, sponsored the ‘Team of the Year’ Award at this year’s ERSA Awards, congratulations to Radian: Employment Support and Training Team and all the other winners and finalists.

In partnership with Remploy, the IEP is supporting the development of a ‘Disability Confident’ Ambassadors initiative. The Disability Confident Ambassadors will be hosting a ‘breakout’ session at this week’s IntoWork Convention with the support of IEP. This programme aims to support the Disability Ambassadors to build the skills so they can share their experiences in order to promote disability awareness amongst employers.

Finally, we will be presenting a session with Deborah Tillett FIEP at the IntoWork Convention this week. ‘Top of the Pops’ aims to share best practice and shape the future of staff training in a fun and engaging way, come along and join us.

The next IEP Board Meeting will be held on 10th August and I look forward to letting you know what we are up to shortly after.



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International Relations

Posted By Heather Ette, 23 June 2017
Updated: 21 June 2017

Sharing Best Practice Across Europe – Work Ability

Sabina Trankmann, Chief Specialist at the Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs said; “We are visiting the UK to acquire experience and new ideas regarding bringing people with reduced Work Ability to the job market and supporting them even better.

In 2016 the ‘Work Ability’ reform started in Estonia, which meant extensive changes for us in the field of appraising peoples' Work Ability, the payment of Work Ability support, and assisting people with reduced Work Ability in finding a job and being a larger part of society and their local community.

We are experts working in the Ministry of Social Affairs responsible for designing and developing Estonia's Work Ability policies, our current primary task is to ensure the successful implementation of the Work Ability reforms.

Since the UK made similar changes to its employment policies over the past few years, and Estonia partially based its approach to this element of social policy on UK experiences when launched in 2009, we would like to hear about the experiences of experts in the field regarding both good solutions as well as any mistakes made, difficulties in introducing changes, as well as handling setbacks and communicating the changes to those people that use the services.

We will meet with representatives of the Department of Work and Pensions to hear about their experiences, and we will also visit Jobcentre Plus to talk to their employees and listen to their view from the frontline.

We are also highly interested in the UK's practices in transferring some of these services over to the private sector, as we believe this to be one of the possible solutions in Estonia. With the assistance of the IEP we will be meeting several service providers from the private sector, all who are Members of the Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP), and we hope to gain valuable ideas for starting to develop this practice in Estonia. Our job in setting policy is often more theoretical, yet we find that practical experiences can be very valuable to us for the purpose of creating a functional system and avoid possible mistakes and learning from any challenges, issues faced and successes in the UK so far is invaluable as we start the next phase of our journey toward social and welfare reform.

The IEP and the Learning and Work Institute have also invited us to participate in the IntoWork Convention 2017, where many topics that are relevant and interesting to us will be discussed. We look forward to seeing you there.

We will be very busy on our visit with a full diary schedule planned but we expect to return home richer with really valuable knowledge gained.”

David Imber FIEP, PVRA said “I have had the privilege of working with colleagues in Estonia since the early years of their independence, helping them shape practice in employment support, and making some good friends among the very professional people there. For the IEP to extend this collaboration to include more experts from more sectors can only enhance our contribution, and, equally valuable, the learning we gain and the opportunities that we can create.”

Scott Parkin FIEP, Chairman of the Institute if Employability Professionals said; “We are really pleased to be welcoming colleagues from Europe to share their best practice and for us to be able to organise for them to meet interesting and knowledgeable professionals from all areas of policy and service delivery here in the UK. We expect to learn much from the experience and believe this will be the start of a long and fruitful relationship with experts from Estonia.

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General Election Results 2017

Posted By Heather Ette, 16 June 2017
Updated: 15 June 2017

General Election Results 2017 - Sector Response

IEP Chairman Scott Parkin FIEP, said: “The election result certainly highlights a drive and passion amongst young people to stand up and be counted and, perhaps more importantly, to call for change.  The new government has a responsibility to listen to these voters and take heed if they are to really learn lessons from the result.  We are living in a changing world where no one really knows what is in store and what the future will bring but the election result is a reminder that we all have a voice and we have the power to use it. 

"People are struggling, many people who are in work are also in poverty and many people who are working two or three jobs are finding it difficult to make ends meet. Whilst the government has a serious job to do in focusing on low pay and making sure work ‘works’ we in the employability sector have an important job to do in developing the skills of people to help them gain and progress in employment, this is especially relevant and pertinent to those new young voters.  We also have a responsibility to support people to gain employment within environments that have favourable working conditions and that we support them to progress within their careers, at the same time improving UK PLC’s productivity. The services we provide as a sector are always necessary and highly valuable in creating a fair and thriving economy and the IEP will continue to promote the benefits of developing our Members so that the ‘Future Adviser’ is properly equipped to provide the high-quality support people deserve.

"We look forward to working with the new government to make these aims a reality and we welcome the opportunity to inform and influence the changes that are needed to support our vision; The IEP is dedicated to supporting the people who support others gain work, progress in work and retain work."


ERSA’s Chief Executive, Kirsty McHugh, said: “ERSA looks forward to working with the new government to ensure that we have a robust labour market that delivers for everyone. The election result points to the need for a much stronger domestic policy focus and the next government needs to focus urgently on welfare support, low pay, social mobility and opportunities for young people if it is to deliver a comprehensive Brexit deal that works across society. ERSA’s election ‘Minifesto’ points to some of the solutions that we believe should now be prioritised.

“ERSA believes that the new government should develop an agenda that demonstrates leadership on the great domestic issues of the day, underpinned by a welfare system that can deliver transformational impact by supporting communities across the country. At the heart of this will be setting in train planning for its proposed Shared Prosperity Fund while also ensuring we fully allocate all of the crucial 2014-2020 European Social Fund pot. Additionally, to solve the UK’s great productivity challenges, the government should establish an independent in-work progression service, while also ensuring that all jobseekers are guaranteed access to high quality specialist employment support. ERSA also believes that the new government should go one better than the Conservative’s manifesto and maintain its previous laudable commitment to halving the disability employment gap.

“The message from the electorate is clear: the government must refocus its activities, prioritising its domestic agenda. Only then will the government be able to secure a stronger post-Brexit Britain.”


David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said: “Last night’s election result has left us all in limbo. In the short term, the uncertainty and possible delays put even more pressure on some of the key operational decisions which DfE need to make very quickly.

 “Throughout this short election campaign, our message has been simple. For the UK to succeed in a post-Brexit world, this country must be more self-sufficient in skills. Colleges are ready to make this a reality. We need to develop a culture of lifelong learning and make this the norm in all communities for all people. To achieve this, colleges need to have the right investment. We will continue to push this message to the next Government, however this is formed.

“We also have a very different dynamic in national politics and in Parliament. If we have a minority Conservative government or a coalition led by the conservatives then they will face a confident and more legitimate Labour opposition. Labour made gains on a platform which moves on considerably from the austerity focus of the last seven years. That will help us build the case for more post-16 investment.

“The strong turnout from young people is good news. Colleges across the country have worked hard to encourage voter registration as well as running hustings and debates. We live in a participatory democracy, and getting young people engaged is good for all of us.”


Stephen Evans, Learning and Work Institute, comments: "After the last few years, we perhaps shouldn't really be surprised by another unexpected election result. It is not yet clear what form the next government will take or whether a further election will be needed in the coming months or years. And with Brexit negotiations due to start in less than two weeks, it is not entirely helpful that we don't know who will be negotiating or for what.

"Nonetheless, the challenges we faced yesterday are still the challenges we face today. We need to secure a Brexit outcome that gets investment in people, skills and jobs: our #futureESF campaign continues. We need high quality technical and vocational education for prosperity and opportunity. And we need to invest in people so everyone has a fair chance in life.

"And of course, all current government policies remain in place at this time: we need to keep engaging young people and adults in learning, and employers in investing in skills. When a new government and ministers are appointed, we will be working to secure the priorities for investment in people we set out in our pre-election manifesto. The phrase that springs to mind is: keep calm and carry on."


A summary of the main manifestos is available here. The Prime Minister has carried out a cabinet reshuffle, with David Gauke, a former treasury minister, becoming the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. A full list of the cabinet can be found here

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From The Top

Posted By Heather Ette, 31 May 2017

New Employability Apprenticeship Standards on the Horizon

The Terms of Reference for the Employability Apprenticeship Trailblazer were agreed at the Employer Development Group’s meeting earlier this month chaired by IEP and attended by AELP, Working Links, Seetec, Salvation Army, WorkPath, Pluss, G4S, Reed in Partnership, Remploy and Serco. Many other organisations have supported so far but were absent due to work going on around the Work and Health Programme.

The initial focus for the Group will be to develop the standards for Level 3 and Level 4 ‘Case Manager Employment and Skills Support Practitioner’ (please note this is a working title) with other standards at other levels being anticipated at a later date.

Alongside the Standards the group will develop an assessment plan and be responsible for the overall direction of the project.

The purpose of the Group is:

  • To agree a project plan for the development of the Apprenticeship Standard for both Level 3 and Level 4 Case Manager (Employment and Skills Support) Practitioner
  • To advise on any risks and issues that will impact upon the project
  • To ensure that relevant policy considerations are taken into account throughout the course of the project
  • To monitor progress with the project and recommend any changes needed to ensure that the outputs are delivered on time and to an acceptable quality
  • To provide advice and guidance on all aspects of the project
  • To provide guidance around consultation with an appropriate range of stakeholders
  • To agree a joint communications plan

The role of the IEP will be to chair the Employer Development Group on behalf of the Lead Employer), provide a secretariat role for the group, liaise with the DfE Employer Relationship Manager, develop and implement a Communications Strategy and support the development of a pool of providers of training and assessment who are ready to provide ‘End Point Assessments’.

IEP Chair Scott Parkin FIEP said “There are some really exciting discussions taking place around the development of these standards, it’s so important to have the right people around the table and support is growing at every meeting.  The ideas and input from the group’s representatives will ensure that people with a range of skills and competencies are able to benefit and that the Standard takes into consideration all of the core qualities that are needed to create and develop standards of real quality that are fitting for our profession.”

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 20th June in Birmingham.

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IEP Update

Posted By Heather Ette, 05 May 2017

IEP appoints new leaders for Corporate Affiliates Group

The IEP is delighted to welcome Stewart Holdsworth MIEP (Serco) and Claire Illingworth MIEP (Seetec) as Chair and Vice Chair respectively of the Corporate Affiliates Group.

This group is the eyes and the ears of the profession with representation from over 30 employers, large and small, who all share the IEP’s vision to develop skills in our sector and to build a vibrant, dynamic and sustainable profession.

Speaking of his appointment Stewart said “Given that we are the core employer group I think we also have a responsibility to act as ambassadors for the profession in as much as we should be prepared to lead by example and take the initiative on behalf of the wider sector. To that end, I think the Corporate Affiliates Group can be the key driving force behind IEP’s progression and in the realisation of its vision and strategic plan; by ensuring we and our represented organisations embed the IEP vision in all that we do both internally and externally, making sure that we build a profession we can be proud of.

The wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience within the Corporate Affiliates Group (from their organisations and representatives) means that it has to be a vehicle for sharing best practice and generating the ideas needed to deliver IEP objectives in an innovative and impactful way. In that way I very much see the Corporate Affiliates Group as the thought-leaders of the profession!

I feel very privileged to Chair the Group at what is an exciting time for the industry and to be taking on the role as the IEP moves into its next phase of development. As the institute looks to finalise a new strategic plan I am hoping to support the Corporate Affiliate Group as best I can to build upon the good work already achieved, and through a collaborative effort continue to progress IEP’s objectives, ultimately growing the membership and enhancing the services it can provide. This will enable as many frontline employees as possible to develop new skills and progress in a profession in which they feel invested and proud to be part of.”

Claire said “For me, the Corporate Affiliates Group act as a conduit between frontline staff and the wider sector. They are the core employer group that represents professional individuals who are members of the IEP and are also integral in driving the success and momentum of the IEP at a all levels within their own organisations. Working within Learning & Development, I hope to not only bring my own knowledge and expertise of what my employees need in order to do their jobs well but also, to learn about the changing landscape so that I can prepare and plan for what is to come in the future.”

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Join us at the Fellows Dinner

Posted By Heather Ette, 28 April 2017
Updated: 19 April 2017

The IEP is delighted to present its third Fellows' Dinner in Birmingham, kindly supported by APM

Join your hosts to discuss key issues, network and share ideas amongst those at the heart of the employability profession.

For those attending the ERSA IEP Working Towards Better Mental Health Conference on the 26th June, the dinner follows the Conference.

You can also book your Conference ticket here.



APM (Advanced Personnel Management) is a leading provider of employability, youth, justice & skills services. Each year, APM assists more than 70,000 people.

Date and Time

Monday 26th June 2017

19:00pm – 10:00pm



53 Cornwall Street


B3 2DE

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For price, menu and booking information please click here

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Working Towards Better Mental Health’ Conference Bursaries now available for IEP Members

Posted By Heather Ette, 26 April 2017

Bursaries NOW available for IEP Members to attend the joint IEP/ERSA Conference ‘Working Towards Better Mental Health’ Conference

This exciting Conference will take place on 26th June in Birmingham and follows our successful collaboration with ERSA last spring.  The focus this time will be on increasing the knowledge and skills of the employment support sector and provide both policy related and practical examples around supporting jobseekers with mental health problems and other barriers to gaining work, progressing in work and sustaining work.

The aim of the IEP Bursary is to provide an opportunity for sector practitioners to learn and share first-hand information about the new challenges facing our sector with the advent of the Work and Health Programme and to discuss the skills required to support a ‘new’ type of customer. This is also central to the IEP’s vision of empowering individuals to gain relevant knowledge and understanding, building their skills and delivering better outcomes through continued professional development. We hope each bursary will provide a beneficial learning, networking and development opportunity and will provide a forum to share ideas and best practice with colleagues and other peers in the sector.

The IEP Bursary includes a full delegate package at the conference, and a special certificate that will be presented to the winners on the day.

If you have any queries regarding the IEP Bursary 2017 please email

IEP members wishing to apply for the Bursary can enter by writing a submission (of no more than 500 words), under the title of: 

"Why I should attend the IEP/ERSA ‘Working Towards Better Mental Health’ Conference and how this will benefit my professional development"

Entrants must also include their full name, job title, employer’s name, e-mail address, contact phone number, and IEP designation (AIEP or MIEP). Entries must be received by emailing by 5.00pm on Friday 26th May 2017. Please refer to ‘IEP Bursary’ in the subject line of your email.

Eligible IEP members who apply to the Bursary competition, but who are unsuccessful, will still be able to purchase a conference ticket at the special early bird price of £150 plus VAT before 5th June.

Terms & Conditions:

The Bursary is open to any current AIEP or MIEP (Fellows are excluded). Late entries will not be considered. Entries will be judged by a panel from the IEP and ERSA. All entrants will be notified of the outcome of the competition as soon after the closing date as possible.

The panel’s decision will be final, and no correspondence regarding the outcome will be considered. Bursaries must be taken by the winning entrants, and are non-transferable. No alternate prize / cash alternative is available. The Bursary excludes travel to and from the conference venue, the cost of which will need to be covered by the winners, or their employers.

We hope that you decide to enter, and look forward to your submission.

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