Do you want to help shape the future of employment support?

ERSA will be hosting four online roundtable discussions over the next month, to inform the work of the independent Commission on the Future of Employment Support. The Commission is being run by the Institute for Employment Studies in partnership with abrdn Financial Fairness Trust, and is working to develop evidence-led proposals so that our approach […]

Instilling belief through creative engagement

Distilling practitioners’ expertise from this year’s ERSA Conference, CEO Elizabeth Taylor reflects on the sector’s skill in helping people tread the right path toward work. Originally published exclusively for FE NEWS here.  There are an estimated 5.5 million inactive potential workers in the UK labour market. People with health conditions, caring responsibilities, the over 50’s and […]

Get ready to celebrate Hidden Heroes Day on 29 September!

The third annual Hidden Heroes Day is coming up on 29 September – and it’s a chance to celebrate those dedicated staff working in custodial and community justice settings across the UK.   Organised by the Butler Trust, the national day was first held in 2020 to hail the unsung heroes working in prisons, IRCs, […]

New package of support to help over 50s jobseekers back into work

The government has announced millions of pounds of new measures to tackle unemployment amongst the over 50s on benefits. New measures set to help quarter of all jobseekers get back into work Multi-million package will increase jobcentre support for over 50s including those thinking about retirement Long term unemployed will be referred to the multi-billion-pound […]

GC Employment launches Working in Health and Social Care guide

To coincide with Employability Day, 17 June, The Growth Company have launched a new Working in Health and Social Care brochure to help people interested in working in this sector.  Happy Employability Day! To coincide with #EmpDay22, we have launched our new Working in Health and Social Care brochure. Interested in working in the sector […]

New event responds to homelessness and vulnerable housing crisis

Secure Homes and Work – supported by Cognisoft To watch this event on demand and see the latest events and information visit our forum page.  Responses to homelessness and vulnerable housing, getting people good jobs that ensure secure housing. Wednesday 29 June 2022, 10am – 12.30pm On 29 June, 10am – 12.30pm, please join us […]

Way to Work: “Any job now” is no solution to UK labour crisis

Elizabeth Taylor, ERSA’s CEO writes exclusively for FE News.  As the DWP announces its Way to Work campaign – its first major employability push for 2022 – the headlines herald half a million people into work by the summer, underlaid with the threat of potential benefit sanctions for Universal Credit recipients. The campaign hinges on jobseekers taking […]

Roundup of DWP’s Budget Announcement

On 27 October, the Chancellor delivered the Autumn Budget and Spending Review for 2021, setting out how we will level up opportunities as we build back better from the pandemic. Here are some key points of interest: Cut to the Universal Credit taper rate, and Universal Credit Work Allowance increased The taper rate means that […]

Employment Support for unemployed and economically inactive people in Sheffield – Universal Project and Specialist Health Project

Sheffield City Council is seeking a range of providers to deliver employment support for people who are unemployed or economically inactive residents of Sheffield. Participants will likely have barriers to entering employment, training or education to achieve their goals. The core project (lot 1) will support the widest scope of people, the specialist health project […]

Our 8 core messages for the Kickstart Scheme

8 core messages for the Kickstart Scheme

Our eight core messages for the Kickstart Scheme Download a PDF version here This is a very significant – but one-off – intervention in the labour market.  It provides the opportunity to support the life chances of hundreds of thousands of young people who otherwise may be scarred by long-term unemployment, but also to drive […]