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RBKC Learning, Work and Business Group

Posted November 24, 2015
President’s Report on the RBKC Learning, Work and Business Group meeting held at the Town Hall on 3rd November 20115
There were a number of interesting initiatives discussed that have the potential to be very useful to local businesses. 
 London Healthy Workplace Charter
Businesses that register with the London Healthy Workplace Charter will get free help and support to gain accreditation that identifies them as good employers who are
taking staff wellbeing seriously.
The business benefits of having a healthy, fit and committed workforce include: improved productivity, lower absence rates, fewer accidents and staff who are engaged and committed to the organisation.

The Council has a designated healthy workplace advisor, Anna Brown to support you, free of charge, to review and develop all that you do to promote staff wellbeing. You will gain recognition for good practice through the London Healthy Workplace Charter accreditation scheme. You can also benefit from heavily subsidised mental health training for managers and employee health check packages as you work towards your healthy workplace award.
Anna will attend a future networking meeting and will be available to talk informally to Chamber members however you can contact her immediately as below.

For more information, see www.rbkc.gov.uk/healthyworkplace or contact your healthy workplace advisor, Anna Brown, directly: anna.brown@lbhf.gov.uk or 07584 389 249.
The charter is run by the Greater London Authority and endorsed by Public Health England.

Recruitment Service to Businesses who want to Employ Local People
There are a number of agencies within the Borough that can help employers to find local employees with a range of qualifications, skills and experience.  In discussion we agreed that this can be confusing for employers who want a direct and effective way to fill vacancies.  As a result a small sub-group will be meeting to devise a free ‘one click’ local jobs.com type service that will broker a good ‘fit’ for the employer and potential employee.  It was recognised that in order to have credibility with busy employers this service needs setting up carefully and function efficiently from day one.
Further developments including a launch event will be reported back to Chamber members but if you have not yet tried recruiting for local people through Job Centre Plus then this is a good time to try them as they currently have a broad range of people seeking employment from school leavers to graduates, many with recent professional experience.
Amanda Hayes