FE News Exclusive: Following JETS’ successful flight path

ERSA’s CEO, Elizabeth Taylor writes exclusively for FE News, originally published on 2 November here. Borne out of crisis and mobilised at breakneck speed, the JETS employability programme broke many barriers: for its participants, and the organisations delivering it. Its subsequent and somewhat surprising success unearthed important lessons for future commissions, writes Elizabeth Taylor, CEO […]

ERSA welcomes the devolution of employment support in Scotland, but warns incentives must be in place to drive performance

ERSA welcomes The Smith Commission’s recommendation to devolve responsibility for employment support programmes to Scotland. However, we await to see measures put in place to incentivise a continued drive in performance. ERSA recommended devolving the employment related benefits budget as well, to allow the new commissioner to reap the rewards of increased employment and the resulting reduced […]

ERSA welcomes labour market statistics

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ERSA welcomes the publication today of the latest labour market statistics showing that unemployment has seen the largest annual fall since records began, over 40 years ago. Kirsty McHugh, ERSA Chief Executive, said: “Today’s welcome labour market statistics again show the impact of employment support on people’s lives.  The Work Programme alone has supported over […]

ERSA welcomes publication of Oakley review

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ERSA has today (22 July) welcomed the publication by the government of the Oakley review of the sanctioning regime on jobseekers. ERSA, the sector body for the employment support sector, contributed to the independent review process earlier this year and welcomes the government’s acceptance of all the Oakley recommendations.  It is now calling for rapid […]