Partnerships and Programmes: Housing, Health and Work

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Secure Homes and Work Forum – sponsored by Cognisoft A place where organisations can collaborate and share ideas and best practice. Online event: Partnerships and Programmes: Housing, Health and Work ERSA members met on 20 July for updates and informal discussions around the Restart Scheme, JETS in Scotland, Partnership models and Social Prescribing.  Collaborating organisations included 3SC, Jobs 22,  Capita, South Yorkshire […]

DWP launches new summer jobs portal with initial 20,000 vacancies and ASK SETH

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Summer Jobs portal The DWP has launched a new summer jobs portal with an initial 20,000 vacancies. The portal is available now and features summer, seasonal and temporary roles for jobseekers of all ages throughout the UK, offering them an accessible, one-stop-shop to look for work. For more information and to access the summer jobs […]

ASK SETH: New support launched for jobseekers

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ASK SETH, which stands for Skills, Employment, Training and Help, is the UK’s first independent collection of online advice and support for a diverse range of people looking for work, and for professionals providing employability support to jobseekers. The site,, has been masterminded by ERSA, the Employment Related Services Association. It is the only […]

Focus on the Queen’s Speech

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This week saw the Queen’s Speech take place at the annual state opening of Parliament, outlining the UK government’s legislative agenda for the coming year, and with a number of implications for the employability sector. With regards to skills, the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill outlined a new “lifetime skills guarantee.” This includes measures to […]

Serco secures Restart contracts with DWP

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Public services provider Serco has been awarded two contracts by the UK Department for Work and Pensions to help people find jobs in the West Central region and Wales as part of Downing Street’s Restart programme. Serco Group PLC has been awarded two contracts by the UK government Department for Work & Pensions as part of the […]

Boost for jobseekers as new jobcentres offer more frontline support

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Jobseekers across the UK will have easier access to more frontline support as 80 towns and cities nationwide welcome new temporary jobcentres. The additional sites are the first phase of the programme to expand this support in response to the pandemic, with dozens more expected to follow, to help millions of jobseekers find their next […]

Temporary covid-19 guidance for Employment Support Provision from DWP

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DWP have provided temporary guidance for use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic only. Intensive Personalised Employment Support (COVID-19) provider guidance Work and Health Programme (COVID-19) including JETS provider guidance DWP provider guidance Provider guidance is for organisations contracted to deliver provision for DWP Access to Work ESF 2014 to 2020 Generic guidance Job Entry: Targeted […]

Applications for LEAP’s Resilience Fund Close on 1 April 2021


The Fund calls on innovators – tech SMEs, engineers, social enterprises and others – to develop solutions to some of London’s key challenges. Each challenge is sponsored by a Resilience Partner, including local authorities, public agencies, business improvement districts and charities, who will work with the innovator to test and implement their technologies and ideas. […]

ERSA Membership Update: March 2021

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ERSA Live Week After consultation with members, commissioners and contributors we have taken the hard decision to move the ERSA Live Week we had planned for the sector. We know how hard everyone is working at the moment gearing up Restart, capacity building for our part in the recovery from the pandemic which we know will […]