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 […]

Investing in knowledge and skills: why it’s never too late to start an apprenticeship

As thousands of young people start on their career paths at university or on apprenticeships, one logistics employer is demonstrating the value of apprenticeships to provide new skills and opportunities to workers of all ages.  At Good Logistics, Learning and Development Advisor Sarah Coates is developing an apprenticeships programme which embodies the company’s ethos of […]

Chancellor sets date for Autumn Budget and Spending Review

Rishi Sunak has named October 27 as the date for the three-year Spending Review, as well as his Autumn Budget. The Budget and Spending Review will see the Chancellor set out how he plans to balance the books following a number of difficult decisions on how to repair the economy following the Covid pandemic. The […]

DWP’s Flexible Support Fund DPS 2

UPDATE: DWP Flexible Support Fund Dynamic Purchasing System 2 (FSF DPS 2) – Market Events in August, September and a post launch event in October.  Download the slides and Q&A Log captured from the sessions Event Supporting slides Event Q&A Log (6 September) Q&A Log (9 September) Post Launch Event Supporting slides  (14 October) Q&A log (14 October)  DWP Test […]

Support for Afghan arrivals in the UK

A significant cross-government effort is underway, ‘Operation Warm Welcome’, to ensure Afghans arriving in the UK receive the vital support they need to rebuild their lives, find work, pursue education and integrate into their local communities. As part of the New Plan for Immigration, the government announced that those coming to the UK through resettlement […]

Opportunity Sheffield – Targeted Employability Support – Pathways to Progress Ambition

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Sheffield City Council has £210,000 available to fund targeted employment support projects in Sheffield between October 2021 and March 2022. Bids are invited for projects that support unemployed or economically inactive people to move closer to the labour market, including into education, training or work. We are seeking bids for projects that will support people […]

Filling Green Jobs through Employment Support Schemes

The Employment Support Sector and Net Zero By Calum Carson, from Racing to Net Zero – the role of post-16 education and skills. The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) is the representative body for the employment support sector. The sector has a central role to play in the UK’s challenge to become net zero by […]

Racing to Net Zero – the role of post-16 education and skills

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Contributors to Racing to Net Zero  Shaun Spiers, Green Alliance – Greening the Economy, Greening the Environment  Stephen Evans, Learning and Work Institute – A more ambitious Net Zero ‘Economic, Jobs and Skills’ Plan  Paul Nowak, TUC – Workers, Skills and the Net Zero Economy  Duncan Brown, Emsi – The Demand for Green Jobs and Green Skills  Ewart […]

Department for Education have an open consultation for the National Skills Fund

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Overview We’re seeking views on the current offers funded through the National Skills Fund. The consultation also requests views on meeting critical skills needs. Why we are consulting The National Skills Fund will help adults gain valuable skills and improve their job prospects. It will also support the immediate economic recovery and future skills-needs by […]