Job insecurity cuts to the core of identity and social stability – and can push people towards extremism – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Eva Selenko and Chris Stride “Will I lose my job in the near future?” For most people this is an unpleasant scenario to ponder, and for many it is a real and pressing concern. Since the financial crisis, more than half of all jobs created in the European Union have been through … [Read More] Job insecurity cuts to the core of identity and social stability – and can push people towards extremism – The Conversation

Empowerment, Capabilities and Homelessness: The Limitations of Employment-focused Social Enterprises in Addressing Complex Needs – HT&S

ABSTRACT ‘Empowerment’ is often said to be a key objective of policies aiming to improve the lives of homeless people and other vulnerable groups. This paper contends that Sen and Nussbaum’s influential ‘capability’ approach provides an appropriate means of operationalising this arguably nebulous concept. Via a critique of work-focused social enterprises in the homelessness field, … [Read More] Empowerment, Capabilities and Homelessness: The Limitations of Employment-focused Social Enterprises in Addressing Complex Needs – HT&S

Full-time employment increases for fourth straight month – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Media Release Monthly trend full-time employment increased by 6,500 in Australia in January 2017, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today. This was the fourth consecutive month of increasing full-time employment, after eight consecutive decreases earlier in 2016. Total trend employment increased by 11,700 persons to 11,984,300 persons in January … [Read More] Full-time employment increases for fourth straight month – Australian Bureau of Statistics

The skills you need to succeed in the digital economy, and how to get them – World Economic Forum

Extract from an article by Surya Kant A classroom in a suitcase equipping remote parts of the world with the tools of education. A digital library made up of over 30,000 books in 43 languages across 63 countries, tackling illiteracy head on. And a hybrid wifi router and mobile modem, ensuring those with unreliable connectivity and … [Read More] The skills you need to succeed in the digital economy, and how to get them – World Economic Forum

“Closing the Gap” is Failing and Needs a Radical Overhaul – The Conversation

Extract from an artilce by Diana Perche, Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy, Macquarie University Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull presented the ninth annual Closing the Gap report to parliament this week. In keeping with previous reports, it outlined limited progress on key indicators of Indigenous disadvantage established by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 2008. These … [Read More] “Closing the Gap” is Failing and Needs a Radical Overhaul – The Conversation

Closing the Gap: Prime Minister’s report 2017 – Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia)

This ninth Closing the Gap report showcases real successes being achieved at a local level across the country—by individuals, communities, organisations and government. However, at a national level, progress needs to accelerate. Over the long term there are improvements across a number of the targets, however these improvements are not enough to meet the majority of … [Read More] Closing the Gap: Prime Minister’s report 2017 – Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia)

Untapped Talent: The costs of brain waste among highly skilled immigrants in the United States – MPI

While the United States has long been a top destination for the world’s best and brightest, it has fallen short when it comes to fully tapping the skills and training of these newcomers. As a result, nearly 2 million immigrants with college degrees in the United States—one out of every four—are relegated to low-skilled jobs … [Read More] Untapped Talent: The costs of brain waste among highly skilled immigrants in the United States – MPI

Australia’s First Homelessness Social Impact Bond Reaches ‘Fruition’ – Pro Bono Australia

Extract from an article by Ellie Cooper South Australia has launched the country’s first homelessness social impact bond, which will support 600 people through a program focused on life skills and employment pathways. The $9 million bond, called Aspire, is a partnership between Social Ventures Australia, the South Australian government, and not-for-profit organisations Hutt St … [Read More] Australia’s First Homelessness Social Impact Bond Reaches ‘Fruition’ – Pro Bono Australia

Community sector welcomes Parliament’s opposition to social security cuts to fund the NDIS

ACOSS Media Release Major community sector organisations representing people on low incomes welcome the Parliament’s rejection of cutting $5.5 billion from social security to fund child care and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS); and congratulates Labor, the Greens, the Nick Xenophon Team and Jacqui Lambie for continuing their opposition to these unfair cuts. The … [Read More] Community sector welcomes Parliament’s opposition to social security cuts to fund the NDIS

The gap of Indigenous disadvantage is being closed too slowly: report – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Michelle Grattan Australia is falling short in its progress towards almost all its targets for overcoming Indigenous disadvantage, the 2017 Closing the Gap report released by Malcolm Turnbull shows. “Successes are being achieved, however progress overall nationally is too slow,” the report says. It presents a mixed picture. While there are … [Read More] The gap of Indigenous disadvantage is being closed too slowly: report – The Conversation

Making ‘good’ choices: the impact of entitlement models on up-skilling later in life – NCVER

By Cain Polidano, Justin van de Ven and  Sarah Voitchovsky DESCRIPTION Understanding the responsiveness of ‘older’ workers — those aged 25-54 years — to government subsidies for up-skilling is important in developing policies that can support people in obtaining skills later in life. The particular focus for this report is the first round of Victorian demand-driven … [Read More] Making ‘good’ choices: the impact of entitlement models on up-skilling later in life – NCVER

Australian Jobs growth – VDC News

Extract from an article on the VDC News Blog Grattan Institute analysis poses strategic questions for the VET sector. The Grattan Institute, a Melbourne-based think tank, has pulled together some valuable data about where jobs growth is occurring in Australia. The Institute’s CEO, John Daley, spoke about ‘Productivity and geography’ to a Productivity Commission conference … [Read More] Australian Jobs growth – VDC News

The good, bad and ugly of work experience – VDC News

Extract from an article on the VDC News blog Unpaid work experience in Australia (83 pages) Study confirms what VET practitioners have long known – work placements enhance VET students’ confidence and job prospects. Late last year the Commonwealth Department of Employment released a study into work-integrated learning, work placements, internships or work experience. The … [Read More] The good, bad and ugly of work experience – VDC News

Welfare States and Labour Market Change: What is the Possible Relation? Social Policy & Administration

ABSTRACT Welfare states in many countries have, at least since the financial crisis, been under strong pressure from high levels of unemployment. We are expecting dramatic changes to labour markets. This article first presents the various arguments as to why there have or have not been substantial changes to labour markets, and whether there might … [Read More] Welfare States and Labour Market Change: What is the Possible Relation? Social Policy & Administration

Market pulse: Talent Nation reveals the sustainable job hot spots – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by Sandra Edmunds Property infrastructure, energy and social enterprises are hot spots in sustainability, according to sustainable, environmental and energy recruitment specialist Richard Evans. Evans, who is managing director of Talent Nation and chair of the Banksia Foundation, says the consultancies are currently very busy. “They have been recruiting pretty heavily over … [Read More] Market pulse: Talent Nation reveals the sustainable job hot spots – The Fifth Estate

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