Although Employability Day was on Friday 17 June 2022, the conversation continues across social.
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Employability Day is a UK wide campaign for the Employment Support Sector!
The “most important Employability Day ever” on 17 June 2022 is a crucial opportunity for the employment support sector to flex its muscles. Getting back to basics with a theme of #WeFillVacancies, the sector is poised to sell itself to commissioners, employers, learners and jobseekers at a critical time for many providers.
Elizabeth Taylor, CEO of the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) explains in her Just the Job series for FE News why this annual showcase is so much more than just a positive PR exercise.
What’s on this Employability Day!
- Watch the Employability Day Showreel (members can send in short employability clips to be added to our playlist – email email@example.com)
- SSG Services are holding a Jobs fair at their training hub in Bedford, bringing together over 15 different employers and over 200 customers. SSG Services are on a mission to remove employment barriers and help employers see the people behind the paper/CV.
- The Salvation Army are hosting an open doors coffee morning at Monkwearmouth corps, Sunderland for a chat about employment support – with homemade cakes and coffee.
- ForHousing writes for FE NEWS on Kickstart Scheme Successes!
- Women’s Work Lab will be hosting a graduation ceremony for our Weston-super-Mare cohort of 15 Mums on Employability Day. In 2021, they supported 60 Mums back into work in 2021 and 60% of those Mums are now back working.
- Sport4Life will host a Careers Support Fair with local employers careers advisors and employability mentors ready to offer not just advice, but actual applications and interview slots for job-ready attendees. – Meet local employers – apply for jobs – improve your CV – Interview skills – enrol on training – & much, much more
- Fedcap Scotland have invited employers from various sectors to take part in a jobs fair for jobseekers where they’ll be running workshops on interview skills, application forms, confidence building and covering letters as well as holding Health and Wellbeing tasters.
- Routes To Work 20,000 Celebration, 17 June @1pm
- Clarion Housing Group Harold Hill Community Hub to support local Jobseekers
- Shaw Trust are celebrating 40 years with 40 events!
- The Growth Company will use the day to promote rewarding careers in Health and Social Care.
- Seetec Pluss – presentations to stakeholders, charities, MP, local councils, JCP and IEP on the work they do in delivery areas across England. Plus showcasing how transferrable skills and employing disabled people is an advantage to employers. Jobs fair for participants and showcasing courses that can be delivered by delivery skills partners.
- StartScotland are hosting a day of activities focusing on the hidden job market and how to access it. Working with a tutor participants will find out what to say to potential employers, then write and practice their pitches. A retail walk will be organised. By the end of the day participants will know how to tailor their letters to their specific job goals, they will also review their CVs using the Fedcap Hub
- Belina Consulting (Get Ready for Work Programme) are hosting an in person event for mums and employers with a visit from Mayor of London’s office.
- Social Enterprise Kent (SEK) are running Employability taster sessions in various Jobcentres in Kent.
- Transform Lives Company are hosting an event to match employers with great local talent in Liverpool with TLC Talent Pool
- RNIB will be promoting a number of e-learning and toolkits for jobseekers, employment professionals and employers
- The Papworth Trust will be opening up their doors in Basildon where jobseekers will hear practical tips from Employment Advisors with a focus on; Coping with unemployment; Confidence and motivation and Discovering your transferable skills. Customers will also have the chance to have mock interviews with Papworth Employment Advisors.
- The Forward Trust Restart Scheme are hosting a jobs fair at the Turner Contemporary Art Gallery in Margate, Kent with many employers and partner agencies.
- Fedcap Employment will host an employers event at their Slough office providing three local businesses an assessment day for jobseekers
- Yes Manchester will be touring various shopping areas in north Manchester armed with information and balloons to tell people about what they do, where they can be found along with shouting about Employability Day
Tell ERSA what you’re planning! See below for this year’s toolkit which includes;
- Briefing and key messages
- ERSA quotes for media use
- Social assets and suggested posts
- Templates for social media, stakeholder invites and press releases
- Tell ERSA what you’re planning survey for Employability Organisations
- Find your local stakeholders
ERSA Member Priorities, Campaigns and Activities
- Secure Homes and Work Forum Register for employment support responses to Homelessness and Vulnerable Housing on 29 June, 10am.
- Older Workers Forum in partnership with Centre for Ageing Better – next forum is 28 June, 2pm
- Youth Employment Forum including Kickstart and Youth Hubs Forum next meeting on 6 July, 10am.
- UKSPF Forum including Community Renewal Fund
- Disability, Health and Work Forum
- Employer Engagement Forum
- Partnerships Forum – coming soon
- Justice and Rehabilitation Forum
- Digital Forum
- Human Resources Forum – in partnership with Employment specialists BDB Pitmans
- Linking up Employment and Skills
- Sustainability for the Employability Sector
- Employment Support Scotland – sponsored by entitledto
- Employment Support Greater Manchester – delivered in partnership with GMCA
- Employment Support Wales
- Employment Support Northern Ireland – coming soon
- ERSA Regional Networks – launching soon
What is Employability Day?
The day is an opportunity for employment support organisations and employers to celebrate their hard work supporting people to enter or progress in employment. It allows them to shout about their success and drive understanding across key stakeholders at local, regional and national level.
Any organisation that supports people to enter or progress in work can get involved in Employability Day, including charities, businesses, employers, social enterprises, local authorities, housing associations and community groups.
“Employability Day 2022 is a great opportunity to raise awareness about the great work of the employment support sector. Organisations should use the day to demonstrate their own successes and the success of the wider sector.
Despite record levels of employment and vacancies, the number of economically inactive people, particularly older workers are growing. This Employability Day, we are championing the work of employment support providers, who are very well placed to help fill these vacancies and tackle the current participation crisis.
Whether it is through national government contracts or more local, European-funded projects, organisations have supported people, often the most vulnerable, into jobs. Every single vacancy that our sector fills helps to transform the lives of individuals and their communities. This Employability Day, we need to celebrate these achievements with each other and the wider public.” Elizabeth Taylor, CEO, ERSA
Five reasons to take part in Employability Day on 17 June!
- Celebrate your achievements – its a great hook to shout about your success over the last year.
- Celebrate your staff – its an opportunity to reward the efforts of your staff who work tirelessly to transform people’s lives.
- Drive understanding – its the perfect occasion to show key stakeholders and local press the impact of employment support at the frontline.
- Raise public awareness– join hundreds of organisations across the country in raising the profile of the employment support sector.
- Have some fun – throw a tea party, lay on some cake, crack out the bubbly. This is a celebration
This Year’s Theme: #WeFillVacancies
- This year’s Employability Day theme is We Fill Vacancies.
- This is perfect timing, due to the current state of the Labour Market and just before the UKSPF Investment Plan submission window opens.
Key Messaging – use these to underpin your communications on the day.
Big Picture – Raise awareness and spread understanding about the employment support sector
- The employment support sector moves people towards or into employment. By this we mean services that include, CV writing, skills training, work placements, health and wellbeing services, housing support, advice and guidance, money advice and more. This is an opportunity for you to articulate what your organisation, and the wider employment support sector, does on a day to day basis.
- The employment support sector has a big impact on your local community. How many jobseekers have you helped into work? Have the unemployment levels in your community fallen? How many businesses in the area have you worked with over the last 5 years?
- Mention DWP schemes: Restart, JETS, Kickstart, WHP, IPES + more
- The employment support sector has an impact on people’s lives. We are all working to support people into work, and hopefully to a better future, for them, their families, loved ones and communities. Highlight the stories that show the impact of the sector on an individual or family level – both in any comms and during visits.
- Use real case studies – personal stories have a big impact
How Can You Celebrate #EmpDay22?
- Host a visit – MPs, councillors, employers, local JCP staff
- Hold an event – Jobs fair, open days, online webinar, podcast
- Release a report – celebrate your organisations successes over the past year
- Use social media!
- Write a blog for the ERSA website
- Speak to press – raise awareness about your own organisation and the wider sector
- Engagement Activities – how does your organisation ‘activate the economically inactive’?
- Liaise with your local DWP Youth Hub
Employability Day Toolkit
Employability Day Toolkit (Sharepoint)
This is where we’ll include all the latest briefings, key messages and social media assets. Use this folder to share content, flyers, links or events – alternatively email the team directly via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell ERSA what you’re planning!
Complete the Employability Day survey for help with promotion, stakeholder connections and employability mapping! Email the team today for immediate actions and help with promotion!
The ERSA Team