A health-led employment trial called ‘WorkingWin’, and running across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, held its official launch event with already over 1,000 people referred. The trial aims to provided supported assistance to help people back to work. The launch event was attended by Dan Jarvis, Sheffield City Region mayor, and Sarah Newton, minister for disabled people, health and work. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
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.
University staff on strike together with students and other supporters held a rally outside the University of Sheffield on Western bank in a protest over changes to staff pensions which would see many worse off after retirement. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Craig Brandist, president of Sheffield University branch of the University and Colleges Union.
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.
With workplace dress codes under the parliamentary spotlight, Sheffield Live! asked women in Sheffield for their views on footwear and company rules. In the House of Commons debate last week, Gill Furniss, MP for Hillsborough and Brightside, described how her daughter suffered a metatarsal fracture, more commonly affiliated with sports injuries, after being made to wear heels in a retail job. The debate followed a petition signed by more than 150,000 people, launched by receptionist Nicola Thorp after she was sent home from work for refusing to wear high heels. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Denise Fox, was present at the awards ceremony to recognise residents from Parsons Cross and Loxley involved in Activity Sheffield. The programme supports people and communities in the most deprived neighbourhoods to keep active and to access work. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Lee Smith, team leader for Activity Sheffield.