Blog Post by Guy Ryder
ILO Director-General Guy Ryder highlights role of efficient apprenticeship systems in overcoming high youth unemployment.
WINTERTHUR, Switzerland (ILO news) — “Promoting quality apprenticeships is a top priority for the ILO, since they move youth into decent jobs and help enterprises to find the workforce they need for the future,” ILO . . . → Read More: Quality apprenticeships “gold standard” to get youth into decent jobs – International Labour Organization
By Robert Carr
Getting to the bottom of underemployment means spotting where casualisation has created conditions in which employers can take advantage of workers’ desperation
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has recently announced a 12-year high in the national unemployment rate. On top of this, casualisation is growing at a blitzkrieg pace. In 2013, . . . → Read More: The hidden underclass: how Australian underemployment is concealed – The Guardian
Extract from an article by Bridie Jabour
Double challenge to Senate committee recommendations that social services bills be passed unamended
A Senate inquiry into the social services bills, which introduce most of the government’s welfare reforms, has led to two dissenting reports being tabled.
The Liberal-dominated inquiry recommended the bills be passed with no amendments, . . . → Read More: Welfare reform inquiry findings meet resistance from Labor and Greens – The Guardian
Ready for Work aims to provide practical answers to the question: how can we help young people be ready for work? And what makes the biggest difference to their work readiness? Our aim is to equip service providers, employers, funders and policymakers with the information they need to inform their service design and . . . → Read More: Young people’s readiness for work (UK) – The Private Equity Foundation
Extract from an article by Patricia Karvelas
ALMOST one in five single parents who were pushed off parenting payment single allowance on to the lower-paying Newstart last year are no longer receiving any welfare because of their earnings from some paid work.
As of December, 70,196 parenting payment single recipients had been taken off the . . . → Read More: Paid work pushes single parents onto lower income – The Australian
Extract from an article by Rebecca Thurlow
NEWCASTLE, Australia—Three years ago, young workers like Karl Baeck were as sought after as the coal that is mined near this industrial city. Then commodity prices collapsed and thousands of local jobs were junked by companies battling to protect profits.
Mr. Baeck, 23 years old, was halfway through . . . → Read More: Mining Slowdown Is the Pits for Australia’s Unemployed Youth – The Wall Street Journal
Extract from an article by Matt Wade
It doesn’t get much attention. But Australia has a growing long-term unemployment problem that’s costing us billions.
The number out of work for more than 12 months has swelled by about 40,000 over the past year and now make up nearly a quarter of . . . → Read More: Raising the spectre of long term joblessness – Sydney Morning Herald
Surprisingly good news on employment this month was tempered by economists’ suspicion about the veracity of the data and rising underemployment
The August unemployment rate released last week, that dropped from 6.4% to 6.1%, took everyone by surprise. The good news was tempered by the sense it was too good to be true, and also . . . → Read More: ABS employment figures for August: statistical aberration or recovery? The Guardian
Extract from an article by Jeff Spross
Staying on course to meet its climate goals will leave Britain with a slightly bigger economy and more jobs, according to an analysis released Wednesday.
But what’s particularly striking about the paper is it found those improvements would come from the first-order changes the economy would . . . → Read More: The Really Important Reason Why Cutting Carbon Emissions Might Improve Britain’s Economy – Climate Progress
By Trisha Jha
Among the most controversial of the measures announced in the May budget was the move to deny 15 to 29-year-olds access to unemployment benefits for up to six months.
This waiting period would be subject to a discount of one month for every full time equivalent year worked to a maximum of . . . → Read More: Time-limits the alternative to waiting times for the dole – Centre for Independent Studies
Extract from an article by Christian Tatman
TALK to Corey Simmonds and Devon Sanders about their experiences in mainstream schools and both will freely admit to serious difficulties.
Corey, 17, of Mornington, and Devon, 18, of Cranbourne, struggled for different reasons: Corey had behavioural issues and burnt his bridges, while Devon was bullied and had . . . → Read More: Frankston Brotherhood of St Laurence VCAL program under threat – Herald Sun