WHAT IS “NEW DEAL” 3
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR NEW DEAL IN THE COOKSTOWN 3
WHAT DOES NEW DEAL OFFER EMPLOYERS 5
NEW DEAL PROGRAMME
Stage 1 – Gateway 5
Stage 2 – Core Gateway 6
Stage 3 – New Deal Options 6
- 18-24 6
- 25+ 7
Employers Role for 18-24 & 25+ Options 8
New Deal for Disable People 9
New Deal for Lone Parents 9
New Deal for 50+ 10
New Deal for Musicians 10
New Deal for Self Employed 10
Stage 4 – Follow Through 11
How New Deal Prepares People for Work 11
WHAT IS “NEW DEAL”?
New Deal is the cornerstone of the Government’s Welfare to Work Initiative. New Deal
aims to help unemployed people aged 18 and over (including people with disabilities) and
lone parents move from benefit dependency into jobs and to bring advantages to
employers and the country as a whole.
New Deal offers a major new opportunity to invest in the future of your organisation,
improve your local economy and help end the waste of unemployment. Government is
committing major funding to New Deal – to help unemployed people prepare for work
and, in particular, to make sure they have the abilities and attributes local employers want.
There are several New Deal programmes targeted at different groups within the
? New Deal for 18 to 24 year olds
? New Deal 25+
? New Deal for Disabled People
? New Deal for Lone Parents
? New Deal 50+
? New Deal Self Employment Option
? New Deal for Musicians
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR NEW DEAL IN THE COOKSTOWN DISTRICT?
Cookstown District Council is the lead partner for the Cookstown New Deal Consortium.
The training partners are Cookstown Training Ltd, DDA Care Services, East Tyrone
College of Higher & Further Education, Network Personnel, Cookstown Enterprise
Centre (advisory partner) and Dungannon and Cookstown Business Education
Partnership (advisory partner). The Consortium is managed by the New Deal Co-
ordinator and day to day administration is carried out by the New Deal Administrator,
both employed by Cookstown District Council.
The aims and objectives of Cookstown New Deal Consortium are as follows:-
? To utilize and maximize the combined experience and expertise of the member
organisations of Cookstown New Deal Consortium, to provide advice, guidance
and assistance to the long term unemployed in the Cookstown district. ? To provide participants within the target group, through a process of education,
employment, training provision and other associated assistance, opportunities for
personal and career development which will maximize their employment potential.
? To work in partnership with member organisations and other statutory
organisations in the identification and delivery of schemes and programmes with a
focus on employment creation and increased employability, particularly for those
individuals who are disadvantaged by periods of long term unemployment, lack of
work experience and lack of appropriate and adequate work related qualifications.
Roles of the Consortium
Cookstown District Council - Lead partner is responsible for the effective management
and delivery of the contracted options but may delegate to
providers for the day to day management purposes. Also
responsible for administration and financial aspects of the
programme as is delivered by Cookstown New Deal
Training Providers – Providers are responsible for the well being and welfare of
the participant whilst they are on the New Deal programme.
Training providers arrange interviews at suitable
workplaces, liaise with employers, review the participant’s
progress on a 4 weekly basis, help with jobsearch activities,
monitor progress and try to help them back into
employment. Providers also arrange relevant training (if
required) for each participant in the relevant subject which
each participant would like to pursue.
For more information on members of the Cookstown New Deal Consortium use
Cookstown District Council, Burn Road, Cookstown BT80 8DT
Cookstown Training Ltd, New Generation Technology Centre, T5 Cookstown Enterprise
Centre, Sandholes Road, Cookstown BT80 9LU
DDA Care Services, 4 Savings Bank Street, Dungannon
East Tyrone College of Further & Higher Education, Circular Road, Dungannon
Network Personnel, 80-82 Rainey Street, Magherafelt.
Cookstown Enterprise Centre, Derryloran Industrial Estate, Cookstown
Dungannon and Cookstown Business Education Centre, Unit 45b, Dungannon Enterprise
Centre, 2 Coalisland Road, Dungannon
New Deal Personal Advisors:
Cookstown Jobcentre, 17 Oldtown Street, Cookstown
WHAT DOES NEW DEAL OFFER EMPLOYERS?
Employers, public, private or other, are contacted via training providers. Employers have
perhaps the most important role of all, they are providing participants with an opportunity
to gain work experience; relevant training and to better themselves. Employers can:-
? Take the opportunity New Deal offers to help make their businesses or
organisations more successful by drawing on this key source of potential recruits;
? Assess participants skills and experience before employment;
? Offer people permanent jobs through New Deal, to give them the chance of
showing what they have to offer and contribute to your business/organisation;
? Invest in the future of your organisation;
? Help end the waste of unemployment and improve your local economy.
Participation in New Deal for employers is absolutely FREE and the Consortium will
ensure that all administrative paperwork is kept to a minimum.
STAGE 1 – GATEWAY
All groups of unemployed joining New Deal enter through Gateway where they can
spend up to a maximum of 16 weeks.
The aim of Gateway is to prepare people for work. Each person has a New Deal Personal Advisor whose job is to provide support and help with jobsearch, careers advice and guidance. During their time on Gateway people may attend short customised courses to help improve their chances of getting a job.
During Gateway many people will be helped to find jobs and move from benefits into work. Those who remain unemployed move on to Stage 2 of the programme.
STAGE 2 – CORE GATEWAY
Core Gateway is a compulsory 2 week course for participants prior to commencing on a New Deal option. Participants work on jobsearch activities such as completion of application forms, drawing up CV’s, interview techniques etc. This course helps the
participant to develop on existing skills and sometimes develop new skills, giving each participant the confidence to enter the workplace.
STAGE 3 – THE NEW DEAL OPTIONS
New Deal was set up to assist people back into the workplace. Participants are encouraged to apply for relevant vacancies whilst on the New Deal programmes.
Employers will be paid a subsidy for six months towards the cost of Employing a New Deal client. This will be ?60 per week for an 18-24 yr old and ?75 per week for someone aged 25 or over. For more information on this option please contact Cookstown Jobcentre.
All New Deal participants must undertake a minimum level of participation of 30 hours (excluding meal breaks) per week, usually over 5 days, but not less than 4 days, for up to 52 weeks. A minimum of 1 day per week, or equivalent , off the job training is required which is included in the hours of work required. Training is a mandatory requirement for all 18-24 options.
Option 1: Full-Time Education and Training (FTET) (Up to 52 weeks)
FTET offers young unemployed people the opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to succeed in the labour market.
Participants are placed in an appropriate placement within the public/private sector.
Education and training placements aim to enhance the employability of young people through full-time education and training with the object of achieving an NVQ level 2 or other approved qualification.
Option 2: Environmental Task Force (ETF) (Up to 52 weeks)
ETF offers a job or placement with an environmental organisation including one day per week, or its equivalent, off-the-job training.
ETF projects may contribute to improving the local environment, conserving energy and water, greening urban areas and improving local community facilities. Details of any new projects should be notified to the Lead Partner.
Option 3: Voluntary Sector (Up to 26 weeks)
Voluntary option offers a job or placement with a voluntary sector employer including one day per week (or equivalent) off-the-job training.
The Voluntary option includes placements which will bring benefit to the community by improving the voluntary sector’s capacity to deliver services to its clients, or deliver indirect benefits such as improved community relations and greater community safety.
New Deal 25+ is aimed at those aged 25 or over who have claimed Jobseekers Allowance for 18 months or more or 18 months out of the last 21 months. All New Deal participants must undertake a minimum level of participation of 30 hours (excluding meal breaks) per week, usually over 5 days, but not less than 4 days, for up to 26 weeks.
Option 1: Preparation for Employment Programme (PEP) (13 weeks)
PEP aims to improve the employability of individual participants through a combination of high quality placements and training which will overcome the barriers to employment.
The programme is designed so that participants will attend for a minimum of 30 hours per week, usually over 5 days, (not less than 4 days) per week and the overall programme lasts for 20 weeks.
Participants are initially on the programme for 13 weeks. They will be interviewed by the New Deal Personal Advisor on week 10 – who will then decide if an extension of
between 1-13 weeks is required. Participants can be placed in either the public/private sector or the voluntary/environmental/community sector.
This element should provide opportunities for participants to build their confidence within a real working environment, set employment goals or try out unfamiliar types of work (i.e. job sampling).
These placements will be with “not for profit” organisations, which will benefit the
environment or community. Participants will gain the skills likely to be sought by
It is essential that each participant attends 1 week jobsearch with the training provider.
Training is also available to participants which can range from 0-4 weeks with a wide
array of courses available.
Option 2: Education & Training Opportunities (ETO)
ETO provides opportunities for participants to improve their employability through a
period of education and training lasting up to 52 weeks. Participants work towards units
of an NVQ up to Level 3 or relevant vocational qualifications.
EMPLOYERS ROLE FOR NEW DEAL 18-24 & 25+ OPTIONS
Many young people who enter the Gateway will already have skills and experience that
would be of practical value to your business.
Employers signing up to New Deal commit to the New Deal principles and conditions.
Paperwork required from employers is as follows:-
? Sample signatures for time sheet signing (2 signatures required from employer).
? Signed weekly timesheet.
? Quarterly completion of employer comments on how they feel the participant is
? Quarterly questionnaire to be completed (survey).
The principles and conditions are as follows:-
? Every employer must carry out a comprehensive induction to the work place for
each New Deal participant (including Health & Safety). ? The training provider will arrange for appropriate training, which will normally be
off-the-job training for 1 day a week for 52 weeks, leading towards either an
approved qualification at NVQ level 2 or above or another recognised
qualification. Employers should encourage this training and provide on-the-job
training as required.
? A commitment that, where possible, the job will continue beyond the end of the
period of the option and where this is not possible, that they will support the
participant’s efforts to find alternative employment or training.
? Training will be given on the job by the employer as required. Any further
training arrangements will be done via the provider.
? Employers must offer participants the opportunity to demonstrate the skills likely
to be sought by employers, which could include the acquisition of transferable
skills, development of personal effectiveness, team working and time
? Employers should provide realistic levels of work appropriate to the participants
needs and will equip participants with skills and work habits appropriate to the
New Deal for Disabled People
The key aim of the programme is to help people with a disability or long term illness,
who are currently in receipt of a qualifying benefit, to find and retain employment.
The main features of the programme are:-
? A network of Job Brokers across Northern Ireland who will use innovative
approaches to prepare clients for work and help them to find and keep jobs. ? A Personal Advisor Service located in Cookstown Jobcentre which will provide a
one to one personal advice and support service to help clients achieve their goal of
returning to work.
? Participation in New Deal for Disabled People is voluntary.
Employers Role in Disabled Option
Employers who may be able to offer employment opportunities should contact the New
Deal Advisor at Cookstown Jobcentre or any other member of the Cookstown New Deal
Consortium. For further information please contact Cookstown New Deal Consortium,
c/o Cookstown District Council, Burn Road, Cookstown BT80 8DT.
New Deal for Lone Parents /People with Caring
The New Deal for Lone Parents (NDLP) involves a series of interviews with the New
Deal Personal Advisor. These interviews are tailored to meet the needs of each lone
parent, helping them overcome any barriers to starting work.
Personal Advisors/New Deal Consortium will guide and assist lone parents in the
? Talking to them about job vacancies in the area;
? Helping them to find information on childcare;
? Helping them to calculate how much better off financially they can be in work;
? Explaining what benefits are available to a working lone parent; ? Helping, where appropriate, to arrange for payment of these benefits; ? Helping to arrange training to update their skills; ? Matching them with job vacancies or placing them with suitable employers for
? Providing an in-work support service to help them make the move into
employment and ensuring sustainable arrangements are in place to enable them to
remain in work.
Lone parents or people with caring responsibilities may be referred onto any of the
programmes as detailed above. They will receive an additional ?15.38 top up and will
also receive assistance towards childcare costs, depending on each individual
circumstance. They are also required to undertake a minimum level of 20 hours per week
attendance compared to the 30 hours.
Employers Role in Lone Parents Option
New Deal for Lone Parents will provide a pool of job ready employees to fill your
vacancies. Some lone parents may prefer part-time work, which, in many instances
matches the needs of employers.
As participation is voluntary, potential employees will have carefully considered their
options and are serious about finding work. Lone parents are more likely to make
responsible employees, as they are keen to do well at work to help provide stability for
New Deal for 50+
New Deal for 50+ is aimed at people aged 50 years and over who have been claiming
Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support, Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement
Allowance for 26 weeks or more. Receipt of other benefits may count towards the 26
week qualifying period. Participation in New Deal 50+ is voluntary with conditions very
similar to that of 25+ option. For further information on this option please contact the
Cookstown New Deal Consortium.
New Deal for Musicians
New Deal for Musicians is available to people of all ages who want to make a career as a
musician. This programme covers all types of music for:
? Composers and songwriters