ERSA actively promotes the work of the employment support sector to a range of audiences including central and devolved government, parliamentarians, and local and national media.
ERSA undertakes a wide range of communications and public affairs activity, supported by our dedicated Media and Public Affairs Network of professionals drawn from across the sector.
Our job is to make sure decision makers understand what works to best support jobseekers, meet the ever changing needs of employers, and understand the dynamics of the sector. At the same time we seek to ensure the media accurately reflects the work of the employment support sector and acts responsibility in how it conveys the support offered to jobseekers and employers. ERSA does this through a range of means, including:
The Proud to Work campaign which signed up 168 employers as advocates of the Work Programme. The employers signed a letter that was published in The Guardian calling for politicians to recognise the importance of employment support, and stop using it for political means.
The annual ERSA Employability Awards which highlights the exceptional work taking place across the sector from subcontractors of employment services to employers, frontline advisors, and of course jobseekers themselves.
The ERSA YouTube channel, which includes films from jobseekers, frontline advisers and employers
There is a wealth of knowledge and expertise amongst the sector that we aim to share with decision makers and the media, taking the experiences from the frontline to the doors of Westminster and beyond. ERSA is active in Parliament, regularly meeting MPs, hosting parliamentary events and attending party conferences. You can find out more about our parliamentary work here.
We are also active in the local and national media, ensuring the voice of the sector, including jobseekers, is heard and is influential. You can find out more about our communications work here.