Camden provides refugees with first step on job ladder

first_imgCamden provides refugees with first step on job ladderOn 9 May 2001 in Personnel Today CamdenBorough Council is running an innovative work placement scheme to give refugeesthe chance to get relevant experience in the UK. The council, in partnership with London-based charity City ParochialFoundation, has offered refugees three six-month placements in financial andaccounting roles in its social services and chief executive departments. Jennifer Muhammad, Camden’s employment project officer and a member of theHR team, explained that the council’s involvement in the work placement schemesprang from its commitment to valuing diversity. She said, “This is an employment initiative which reflects thecommunity in which we live.” Statistics from the London Research centre back this up. Currently, an estimated240,000 to 280,000 refugees and asylum-seekers live in Greater London boroughs.However, Muhammad stresses that there is no guarantee of employment at theend of the placements. During the placements, the council provides training in telephone skills andgives careers advice to the refugees. Their travel and subsistence is paid and,due to their unemployed status, the refugees are still available for other workduring the scheme. Once the pilot scheme is completed, the HR team will present a report toCamden’s equalities committee to evaluate the success of the project. Muhammad said, “We will discuss the viability of the scheme and whetherwe can run it on a regular basis as part of our existing work experienceprogramme.” Camden looked at the refugees’ expectations before placing them on thescheme. “The feedback from the refugees indicates that they wanted to improvetheir communication skills and find out how an office runs in the UK comparedwith their home countries,” said Muhammad. An Industrial Society report, Turning Refugees into Employees, found thatone of the main employment obstacles facing refugees is gaining UK workexperience. www.camden.gov.ukBy Karen Higginbottom Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

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Bob Weir And Wolf Bros Welcome Mikaela Davis For Neil Young Cover [Full Show Audio/Video]

first_imgBob Weir And Wolf Bros continued their debut North American tour in Syracuse on Thursday night in the new band’s ongoing quest to create fresh identities for the Grateful Dead live catalog. Weir, along with drummer Jay Lane and bassist Don Was filled their 18-song performance at the Landmark Theatre on Thursday with plenty of Dead favorites like “Jack Straw”and “Loose Lucy”, in addition to a mix of covers like their spin of Neil Young‘s “Down by the River” to open their two-song encore with help from local 26-year-old harpist Mikaela Davis.Footage of the band playing the rock song from Young’s 1969 Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere album on Thursday night can be watched below. Viewers can immediately pick up on Davis’ presence on stage, as the notes from her harp clearly flutter throughout the venue atop the band’s rhythm section to heavy audience applause. Davis even takes the lead on vocals as the song’s first verse begins at the 0:35 mark. Weir can be seen and heard stepping up to join Davis during the song’s anthemic chorus, which is followed by a wonderfully rich harp solo adventurous enough for any passionate Dead fan.The band’s rendition of “Down by the River” wasn’t the audience’s first introduction to Davis last night. The musician from Rochester also joined in to play with the trio at the end of the first set to sit in on covering Jerry Garcia‘s “Bird Song”, and returning in the second half of the show to help play on “Wharf Rat” (also see below) followed by early Dead favorites “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider”. She also stayed on stage following the Neil Young cover to close the show with a cover of the Garcia’s beloved folk ballad “Ripple”.The band also sprinkled in a few other tasteful covers into the night’s set including Bob Dylan‘s “All Along the Watchtower” and The Temptations‘ Standing on Shaky Ground”.Bob Weir and Wolf Bros – 11/8/18 [Audio: binto37]Bob Weir And Wolf Bros with Mikaela Davis – “Down by the River” [Neil Young Cover][Video: nochevys]Bob Weir And Wolf Bros with Mikaela Davis – “Wharf Rat”[Video: nochevys]Weir and his Wolf Bros comrades continue their fall trek this weekend with a two-night run at the famous Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York on Friday and Saturday. Fans should expect the band to possibly continue their tour tradition of welcoming a special guest to join them for at least one of the nights, as they’ve already jammed with artists like Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell, Margo Price and John Oates so far on this tour.Setlist: Bob Weir and Wolf Bros | Landmark Theatre | Syracuse, New York | 11/8/18 Set One: Jack Straw, Gonesville, Me And My Uncle, Peggy-O, Deep Elem Blues, Althea, Loose Lucy, Bird Song(with Mikaela Davis)Set Two: Easy To Slip, Two Djin, All Along The Watchtower, The Music Never Stopped > Shakey Ground, Wharf Rat (with Mikaela Davis) > China Cat Sunflower (with Mikaela Davis) > I Know You Rider (with Mikaela Davis)Encore: Down By The River(with Mikaela Davis), Ripple (with Mikaela Davis)[H/T JamBuzz]last_img read more

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Dolphins Put Up A Fight, But Not Enough To Win In New England

first_imgBy Stephen DienerThere were a lot of new and unusual sights in the 2020 installment of Dolphins vs Patriots as they opened up the season against each other in Foxborough.Fake crowd noise filled the stadium as fans were not allowed in the stands due to covid fears.A new quarterback was under center for the Patriots for the first time in almost 20 years.New England had a starting kicker not named Vinatieri or Gostkowski for the first time since 1996.But, there was one thing that looked all too familiar, a final score that saw the Dolphins on the losing end. This time around, it was a 21-11 final to send the Dolphins to an 0-1 start on the season.Despite tons of resiliency and some flashes of promise from Ryan Fitzpatrick and the offense, Cam Newton and the rest of the Patriots offense just proved to be too much in the end for the Dolphins front 7.Oh, and 3 interceptions from Fitzpatrick that were absolute drive killers didn’t help much either. Is it going to be Tua time for game 2? Perhaps that’s another question for another article.Newton, though, that non Tom Brady QB I spoke of, had 2 rushing td’s and looked well in command of the Josh McDaniels offense for his first game.It wasn’t the result that Dolfans wanted to see, but there was some good to take away going into the home opener next week vs the Buffalo Bills.We’ll see how that one turns out…ulast_img read more

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Players’ Union Queries Shift of AFCON 2021 Back to January

first_imgJonas Baer-Hoffmann, the secretary-general of world players’ union FIFPro Players’ representatives are worried that moving next year’s Africa Cup of Nations to January will create difficulties for the continent’s footballers, but say there is no easy solution as to how to fit the competition into the calendar.Host nation Cameroon announced last week that the 24-team competition would take place in January and February because the original June/July slot coincided with the rainy season.However, this means European clubs will have to release players in the middle of the season which was described as a catastrophe by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Jonas Baer-Hoffmann, the secretary-general of world players’ union FIFPro, said that neither period was ideal as June/July would have been sandwiched between the revamped Fifa Club World Cup and the start of the European season.“With the Club World Cup being pressed into the calendar, we thought it would be unacceptable for the players to be playing all of those competitions in succession,” he told Reuters on the sidelines of an International Labour Organisation conference.“But (January/February) has also proved over the last few years to be very difficult because you are asking players to step away from their club environment for weeks.”He said that missing weeks of the club season was a challenge even for star players while, for those battling for a place in the team, it would be “very, very difficult”.“Ultimately, we need to have a conversation about aligning all these tournaments to the four-year cycle. That will create a little bit more space and a bit more room for compromise between national team and club obligations,” he said. “Right now, it feels like there is not a really good solution.”The Afcon, traditionally held every two years in January and February, was moved to July for the 2019 edition in Egypt to avoid clashing with the European season, but this prompted complaints about the heat.Former Cameroon international Geremi Njitap, who won over 100 caps and is now the head of his country’s players’ union Synafoc, said some players might quit their national sides rather than miss club games.“It will put the players in a tough position… some players will resign from their national teams,” the former Real Madrid and Chelsea player told Reuters. “And if a lot of teams lose their players, it will devalue the competition.”He said it might also make it more difficult for African players to earn moves to European clubs.“Once the club realises he will go to the national team, his chances of being signed will drop,” he said.He said that a four-yearly tournament would be the best solution. “It’s better to organise every four years and find a fixed period, not change all the time,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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