Archives for April 12th, 2006

WORKFORCE MATTERS IN LOCAL AUTHORITY PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 12 April, 2006

This PPP guide from 4ps’ has been developed in conjunction with Pinsent Masons solicitors, and is designed to help local authorities comply with their legal obligations. It also provides advice on sensitively managing the timely transfer of staff to other public, private or voluntary sector providers as part of a PPP or PFI contract.The guide brings together many diverse pieces of legislation, codes of practice and regulations which impact on this area. It also consolidates information on workforce related initiatives relating to the Government’s ‘fairness at work’ policies. It contains both guidance and draft contractual clauses and covers key issues including TUPE and the Code of Practice on Workforce Matters as well as pensions and issues arising on transfer of undertakings.

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REFORM OF FURTHER EDUCATION WORKFORCE

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 April, 2006

The Department for Education and Skills wants the views of partner organizations and staff on proposals for sweeping reform of further education. Workforce reform is central to the aim to drive up the quality of teaching, reward colleges for success and make the sector more responsive to the needs of individuals and employers.The report on the sector by Sir Andrew Foster found an unacceptable level of unqualified staff and a new qualification is being introduced to ensure a minimum level of proficiency. The ‘Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills’ status, will come into effect from 2007. The DfEE wants views on how the qualification could be used to improve recruitment. It also wants suggestions on the design of a probationary period and fitting probation into the overall scheme.

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WORK STARTS ON AFFORDABLE HOMES

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 April, 2006

The construction industry’s response to the challenge to design and build a good quality two bedroomed house for 60,000 pounds has reached its final stage as building starts on two competition sites in Leeds and Northampton. The Design for Manufacture competition was launched by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott in April 2005.96 homes will be built on the two sites for a construction cost of 60,000 pounds. The remainder will be a mix of smaller and larger homes constructed with similar cost efficiencies.

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