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Milton Keynes College Student of the Year Awards 2018
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May saw Milton Keynes College hold its annual Student of the Year Awards and we were privileged to be invited.  The event recognises the efforts, achievements and dedication of students from across a range of subject areas.  The event featured some great entertainment provided by students from the College with excellent food prepared  by The Brasserie.  Our warmest congratulations go to all the winners.


We’ve been working closely with the team behind the MK Innovates STEM Festival.  The event, which is being held on 4 and 5 October, features a number of local employers and education establishments, who will be showcasing and inspiring young people to consider some of the fantastic local career opportunities available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  For more information, visit the MK Innovates website.


The number of individuals claiming Jobseekers Allowance increased slightly in May.  The JSA claimant count rate stood at 1.3% in May (2,256 individuals).  Increases were also seen across some of the SEMLEP geography.  This increase is likely to be the result of expected seasonal variations as well as potentially reflecting the increasing population and changes to Employment and Support Allowance. More information is available in our monthly employment report.


The Council’s Neighbourhood Employment Programme (NEP) initiative, which supports local residents to obtain paid employment, continues to work effectively throughout the MK community.  During April and May 2018, the service registered 180 new clients; 65 job seekers accessing the service were supported into paid work and 30 local residents were assisted to achieve an accredited qualification.  Noticeable trends within the period were an increase in the use of Children & Family Centre and Housing Employment Support by residents of MK with a combined total of 63 new registrations.  April saw the NEP collaborate with the Department for Work and Pensions to host a very successful small scale Education, Careers & Training event on the Lakes Estate.  24 local residents accessed the event and were all given career and employability advice.  Similarly over this period, the NEP, in partnership with the Princes’ Trust, YourMK and Mears, celebrated the completion of ‘Get into Construction’, a course for 18-30 year olds to help them become employed within the construction industry.  Six young people completed the programme with one successfully gaining a plumbing apprenticeship with YourMK.


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