This paper examines a single pre-employment training programme for the unemployed. The training aimed to prepare unemployed participants for work on the front-line of telephone call centres. Drawing on participant observation and semi-structured interviews, the paper analyses one area in particular; the training participants received to enhance their soft skills, particularly as they relate . . . → Read More: Pre-employment training for unemployed people – Local Economy
Extract from a post by Verena Kern, 28 Jan 2014
With almost 6 million jobless young people in the EU, policymakers are under pressure to find solutions to combat high youth unemployment. Whilst Youth Guarantees have been widely discussed and are currently being developed in many Member States, mobility – another strand of the European . . . → Read More: Youth Employment: Mobility of young workers – European Parliamentary Research Service
Four waves of LSAC are used to explore mothers’ participation in paid employment, in particular to analyse changes in employment participation, using the longitudinal nature of the data. Differences in employment participation and work hours are examined by age of youngest child and by various sociodemographic characteristics to build understanding of which mothers are . . . → Read More: Employment characteristics and transitions of mothers in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children – AIFS
A majority of workers think having an older colleague in their team is likely to have a positive impact on their workplace, a new survey reveals.
And the poll, conducted by Nationwide, found that almost nine out of 10 (88%) people think workers aged 60 or over can be excellent role models or mentors . . . → Read More: Older workers ‘excellent role models’ – Age UK
ON September 19, 2013, The Commonwealth released the Youth Development Index Report (YDI), the first index measuring the development and empowerment of young people in countries across the globe.
While there have been metrics designed to measure development in the past, what is unique about this is that it specifically targets youth development, which . . . → Read More: Australia ranked the best place in the world for young people – News.com.au
Extract from an article by Jeff Borland
The Work for the Dole program could again become a core element of welfare policy for the unemployed in Australia, but there is a considerable body of evidence which shows it is unlikely to help people find jobs.
While this week’s announcement by Assistant Minister for Employment Luke . . . → Read More: Work for the Dole doesn’t work – but here is what does – The Conversation
Purpose – The aim of this paper is to investigate the type of activities carried out by young people in a range of jobs that are typically undertaken by school students. The research examines opportunities for skill development in these jobs.
Design/methodology/approach – The research consisted of a nationally representative survey of school students. . . . → Read More: School students’ introduction to the world of work – Education + Training
This report explores the relationship between health and remaining in the workforce past the age of 65 in Australia. It shows that people in good health are almost twice as likely to be employed as those with a chronic health condition. The report also finds that 80% of people working with a chronic health condition . . . → Read More: Working beyond 65: What’s realistic? The influence of health on longer working lives – NSPAC
Blokes may be the answer to an ageing workforce. By Michael Fine
The release of the Productivity Commission’s report An Ageing Australia: Preparing for the Future in late November raises questions once again about the need for new policies as the population gets older. It followed by a day the publication of an independent, . . . → Read More: Just add men – Aged Care Insite
Children’s participation in both formal and informal child care is often a necessity in families of school-aged children when parents are employed. This mixed methods paper describes links between maternal employment and use of different types of child care for school-aged children, incorporating findings from the Family and Work Decisions qualitative study, and analyses . . . → Read More: Maternal employment and the care of school-aged children – AJLE