Mike Hood, human resources director as Sheffield-based Liberty Steel, told Sheffield Live! more needs to be done to promote and focus the industry and government supported apprenticeships scheme. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield College expects to place around ninety 16 to 24 year olds into apprenticeship vacancies as part of the National Apprenticeship Week campaign. The week long promotion highlights the benefits of apprenticeships for the young people involved as well as for the employer and wider community. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Matt Green of Bryan Bond Architects and their first apprentice, Olivia Eades.
British employers are described as ‘living in the dark ages’ and having worrying attitudes towards unlawful behaviour when it comes to recruiting women, according to a new report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. In a survey of more then 1000 private sector business managers around a third agreed it is reasonable during recruitment to ask women about their plans for children in the future. Charlotte Mead, of the Sheffield branch of the Women’s Equality Party told Sheffield Live! she is not surprised by the findings. Baillor Jalloh reports.
The government is planning to introduce new laws that could benefit millions of workers including rights to holiday and sick pay from day one in a job and the right of zero hours and agency workers to a stable contract. Martin Mayer, secretary of Sheffield Trade Union Council, welcomed the announcement but told Sheffield Live! that more needs to be done. Baillor Jalloh reports.
A research report from Citizens Advice Sheffield has highlighted deteriorating employment practices that are impacting on Sheffield workers rights and pay. The research highlighted the growth of zero hours contracts and self-employment arrangements and calls for action to improve employment rights and remedies to unfair practices. The researchers estimate £2.7 billion is lost nationally each year in wages withheld from people who are legally entitled to them. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Tim Arnold of Citizens Advice Sheffield.
Sheffield student candidates are gearing up for election campaigning to the National Union of Students (NUS) Executive Committee and other positions. The national student body represents students’ interests and provides advice and support on issues such as finance and how to gain post-study employment. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to current NUS executive member Hassan El Zafar.