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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed a new deal between the Governmentunions and employers that will see agency workers in the UK receive equal treatment after 12 weeks employment.

The Government is committed to extending protection for vulnerable workers, wherever they work and the deal on agency workers adds to the already substantial protection rights that have been increased since 1997

 

Agency workers are currently covered by employment rights such as the right not to be discriminated against on the grounds of race, sex, age etc, to be paid at least the National Minimum Wage, Working Time entitlements such as regular rest and paid annual leave, health and safety and social security provisions such as maternity and paternity pay and specific regulations governing the conduct of agencies.

 

UK agency workers are likely to be the largest single group to benefit from the increase in the UK’s statutory entitlement to paid annual leave which increased from 4 weeks to 4.8 on 1 October 2007 and will increase to 5.6 weeks in April 2009.

 

David Hanson said:

“I am pleased that employers and unions have today reached agreement on new rules on equal treatment for agency workers after 12 weeks employment, ending six years of deadlock.

 

“The agreement will give increased protection to agency workers and guard against unfair wage undercutting without putting jobs at risk or cutting off a valuable route into employment.

“I hope that this deal can now pave the way to reaching agreement in Europe on an agency workers directive that secures this flexibility for the UK.

“Resolving this issue can also allow us to secure the opt-out for workers in the European working time directive – a vital part of the UK’s flexible labour market.”

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Delyn MP David Hanson is supporting the launch of VQ Day – the first nationwide day to celebrate vocational success – and is encouraging local colleges and learning providers to get involved. 

 

‘VQ Day’ has been created to raise public awareness about the value of vocational qualifications.  VQ Day, due to be held on 23rd July 2008, will be marked by a national event in London, as well as regional events held by colleges and learning providers around the country. The Day will also see the publication of a report into the vocational qualifications landscape.

 

David Hanson said:

 

“The launch of VQ Day is a huge step forward for the world of vocational learning.  A vocational qualification can set people up for life and it is high time that the hard work of colleges, students and employers is recognised nationally in this way.”

 

Plans for the Day are being led by education foundation, Edge, and are supported by the wider education community including exam boards, employers’ organisations, the Association of Colleges and the Association of Learning Providers.  An action pack is also available for colleges and learning providers to download fromwww.vqday.org in order for them to hold their own VQ Day celebrations.

 

A roll call of vocational success has been established at www.vqday.org for past and present vocational learners to log on and add their name to the list. Visitors to the website can also vote for their Celebrity VQ Hero 2008. The shortlist of five celebrities, all of whom have made their name after gaining a vocational qualification will be announced shortly.

 

Andy Powell, CEO of Edge also hopes the Day will counter the prejudice which sees less than half (44 per cent) of the population agree that vocational qualifications are as important as A-Levels:

 

“Every year millions of people across the country study for and gain a vocational qualification, leading to further vocational study or university, better jobs and enhanced skills. However, despite these clear benefits, vocational qualifications sadly do not enjoy the prestige of their more academic counterparts.  The launch of VQ Day is just one step in starting to put this right.”

 

For more information visit www.vqday.org.

 

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For interviews, case studies, online videos, background information or more detail on plans for 23rd July, please contact:

Heather Wilson or Zoe Penn, Band & Brown Communications, 020 7419 6950 /vqday(at)bbpr.com

 

Notes to Editors

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 4,173 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 15th – 18th April 2008.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

 

According to the Census 2001 (Office of National Statistics), there are 45,434,897 adults aged 18 and over, 38 per cent of this figure is 17,265,261.

 

 

About VQ Day – 23rd July 2008

  • Millions of people take a vocational qualification every year leading them on to further vocational study or university, better jobs and/or enhanced skills. For too long, this success has gone without the recognition and celebration it deserves.  To raise the profile of vocational qualifications and celebrate vocational success ‘VQ Day’ is being launched.  VQ Day will be an official celebration of the people who gain vocational qualifications every year, and the people who help them achieve this success.
  • Plans for VQ Day are being led by Edge, the education foundation, in conjunction with the vocational qualifications community including, OCR, Federation of Awarding Bodies, Department for Innovation, University & Skills (DIUS), Edexcel, City & Guilds, EDI, Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), Qualifications & Curriculum Authority (QCA), fforwm and the Association of Colleges,  Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College among others.
  • VQ Day will be launched at a parliamentary reception at the House of Commons on 23rd April and the inaugural Day will take place nationwide on 23rd July 2008.  A national celebration event will be held in London to showcase the diversity of vocational success, accompanied by a report examining the vocational qualifications landscape in the country.  It is hoped that regional events will also be staged and that VQ Day will help raise the profile, and communicate the value, of vocational qualifications to future students, potential employers and the wider public.
  • A roll call of vocational success is being established online, with all learners past and present invited to add their name to the list of people across the UK who have gained a vocational qualification.  In addition, honorary vocational qualifications will be awarded on VQ Day to ‘VQ Heroes’ who embody vocational success.

 

About Edge

  • Edge is dedicated to raising the profile of vocational and practical learning, with a skills rather than an academic focus. It wants educational standards raised through applying practical experience to learning and providing opportunities to excel through vocational, as well as academic, studies. Edge believes that this is essential for the future competitiveness of the nation.  For more information visit www.edge.co.uk.
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Delyn MP David Hanson is backing the new ‘Units’ campaign, aimed at informing drinkers about how many units of alcohol are in their drinks and help them stick to their limits.

The Know Your Limits campaign – the biggest alcohol awareness campaign to date – kicks off its units strand with a series of adverts on TV, radio, billboards and in press, depicting the number of units in individual drinks. The Units campaign has an overall budget of £6 million for 2008/09. It will be followed by a £4 million binge-drinking campaign from the Home Office next month.

The units campaign uses iconic imagery to help people understand how many units are in typical alcoholic drinks, and how to stay within the recommended daily guidelines for regular drinking of 2-3 units a day for women, and 3-4 units a day for men. The campaign will also warn people about how regularly drinking too much can damage their health.

New YouGov poll results out today show that drinkers don’t know exactly how much they are drinking. More than four out of five (82 per cent) claim to know what a unit of alcohol is, yet 77 per cent don’t know how many units are in a typical large glass of wine.

More than half (55 per cent) of those questioned thought a large glass of wine (ABV 12 per cent) would contain two units, when it actually contains three. More than a third (35 per cent) did not know that an average pint of beer (ABV 4 per cent) contains two units, while nearly three out of five (58 per cent) did not know a double gin and tonic also contains two units.

David Hanson said:

“Over recent years beers have got stronger and wine glass sizes have got larger, meaning that many of us have lost track of how much alcohol we are actually consuming.

“The recommended daily guidelines for regular drinking of 2-3 units a day for women, and 3-4 units a day for men.

“I welcome this campaign which will help people to understand how much alcohol their favourite drinks contain and make informed decisions about how much to drink.”

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Delyn MP David Hanson has presented the children and staff at Ysgol Bryn Gwalia with the Investors in People Award, their third award in 12 months.  

The award is assessed against 12 standards aimed at developing staff and raising standards in the school.  An assessor from the Wales Investors in People Quality Centre carries out evaluations.

David Hanson MP with Margaret Lonsdale (Headteacher) and Lin Harrigan (School Cook).

 

Strengths of the school include;

  • Clear strategic plans aimed at continually raising standards,
  • Development of all the staff to help them improve their own performance,
  • All staff working together as a team to make the school a vibrant and enjoyable place for the children.

The children and staff have worked very over the past year; a new refurbished nursery and outdoor play area mean younger children are well catered for.  In October the school was awarded the Basic Skills Quality Mark, in celebration of the work carried out in school to ensure all children have access to the curriculum and support that is needed for life long learning.  Having achieved the Healthy Schools Award level 3 in April last year, school is now working towards Fairtrade status and Eco school recognition.

All of the opportunities presented to the children ensure they have exciting opportunities to enjoy their time in school.  Parents are also catered for as school also runs Welsh classes for parents and ‘help your child with science’ courses.

David Hanson said:

“This is a tremendous achievement for the school which continues to build on the already excellent education it provides.

“The Investors in People Award is further recognition of the work that is being done and my visit was a great chance to talk to both staff and children.”