Response to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund: Prospectus

ERSA welcomes the release of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund: prospectus and the added details that come with it. As first outlined in the pre-launch guidance, the fund will be split into three investment priorities (communities and place; supporting local business; and people and skills). The People and Skills priority is most relevant to ERSA […]

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

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 a job, “any job” according to Work and Pensions […]

Employability sector calls to ‘mind the gap’ over funding provision

Employment support organisations are joining forces to write to the Secretary, and Shadow Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove and Lisa Nandy, to air their concerns over the Government’s forthcoming Levelling Up White Paper. The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) established a UKSPF Forum to monitor and lobby for the […]

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) COVID-19 Survey 2020

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ERSA is continuing our work shaping and influencing UKSPF employment and skills provision.  In the absence of a consultation this is the opportunity for the employment support sector to input and influence. Whilst developing the survey ERSA consulted DWP, MHCLG and the Department of Education. All have asked ERSA to share our findings. The UK Shared […]