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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. …in briefOn 5 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article This week’s news in briefNew Deal disappoints The Government’s flagship New Deal programme, which aimed to get 250,000young people into work, has managed to help only 20,000 into jobs in its firsttwo years, according to a report from the National Audit Office.  The research also suggests candidates aregoing on the £3bn scheme several times and that 33,000 have now becomelong-term unemployed. Steel merger The Engineering Employers’ Federation and UK Steel Association are to mergein a bid to provide a more powerful voice for UK manufacturing. Staff from UKSteel will move to the EEF office in Westminster in the next few months. in civil servants The number of permanent Civil Service staff fell by about 2,700 in the sixmonths to the end of 2001, according to the latest Cabinet Office figures. Thenumber of full-time civil servants dropped to 480,000, but there was a rise inthe casual staff with numbers rising by 1,200. nature backing HSBC is to train 200 scientists and send 2,000 staff on conservationresearch projects as part of a £35m sponsorship deal called Investing inNature. The move will see three charities – the World Wildlife Fund, BotanicGardens Conservation International and Earthwatch – receive their largest everdonations.  www.investinginnature.orgBarclays staff swell Barclays staff numbers grew by 2,400 last year, despite the bank cutting1,800 back-office jobs. A spokesperson for the bank, Chris Tucker, said newtechnology has reduced the need for some back-office staff, but morecustomer-relations positions have been created. The total number of staff atthe bank has risen to 78,600. code of practice The CBI has welcomed the new National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) Codeof Practice, published by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. The codeis designed to strengthen the value of NVQs and their link with nationalstandards of occupational competence. helpline success A government helpline for jobseekers has put more than a quarter of amillion people back into work. Employment Service Direct, launched three yearsago, has received more than 8.8 million calls and on average places 2,500people in jobs every week. read more