Seven research grants awarded to address education & training issues – NCVER

Media Release

Research grants have been awarded to seven recipients, to investigate current issues in the vocational education and training sector, by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). Ms Sandra Pattison, NCVER’s General Manager, Research, said this round of funding through the National Vocational Education and Training Research (NVETR) program has been targeted . . . → Read More: Seven research grants awarded to address education & training issues – NCVER

Digital skills shortages – UK Digital Skills Taskforce

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As of August 2012, the digital economy accounted for 14.4% of all companies and 11% of jobs. It’s not just the technology sector that needs digital skills but all sectors. Consequently, as Chief Scientist at Metaswitch Networks Chris Mairs put it at our London regional meeting, increasingly “every company is a digital company and . . . → Read More: Digital skills shortages – UK Digital Skills Taskforce

Labour markets and young people in Europe – European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract

Young people in Europe continue to experience great difficulties in the labour market. While the youth unemployment rate has started to fall in a few Member States, overall 23% of young job-seekers aged 15–24 in the EU28 could not find a job in January 2014. The number of young people who . . . → Read More: Labour markets and young people in Europe – European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions

The Forrest Review – Indigenous jobs and training – DPMC

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

My report is a call to all Australians. It is time to end the disparity between our first Australians and other Australians. Jobs give individuals the opportunity to choose circumstances, to take control of their lives and to provide for their own and their children’s future. This preserves Indigenous culture and ensures its . . . → Read More: The Forrest Review – Indigenous jobs and training – DPMC

Factors that Contribute to the Emotional Wellbeing, Educational Success and Social Connectedness of those Arriving in One Local Authority as Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children – Thesis (UK)

ABSTRACT

Building on research with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people (UASC) from a resilience perspective, this study investigates the protective mechanisms that support UASC in adapting to life in the UK. ‘Positive adaptation’ is framed as: emotional wellbeing, educational success and social connectedness. Two strands of research are carried out: 1) focus groups that . . . → Read More: Factors that Contribute to the Emotional Wellbeing, Educational Success and Social Connectedness of those Arriving in One Local Authority as Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children – Thesis (UK)

Work for the dole expansion has no justification – Greens MP

The Australian Greens said today that new information from the Department of Employment shows the Government is expanding Work for the Dole without justification.

“The Government has been heavily criticised this week for their proposed expansion of Work for the Dole, and now more information from Senate Estimates shows just how unjustified this approach is,” . . . → Read More: Work for the dole expansion has no justification – Greens MP

Jobseekers’ payments will be cut if they spam employers, ministers warn – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Daniel Hurst

Abbott government responds to business concerns over 40-job-a-month target with vow to penalise ‘unsatisfactory’ applications

Unemployed people face the loss of payments as a punishment for spamming employers with unsatisfactory applications to meet tough job search rules, the Abbott government has warned.

Business groups have raised concerns that . . . → Read More: Jobseekers’ payments will be cut if they spam employers, ministers warn – The Guardian

Unemployed Australians should not be punished – VCOSS

Media Release

The increasingly harsh punitive measures mooted by the Federal Government’s Work for the Dole program will do little to help people into meaningful work and risks stigmatising vulnerable members of the community warns the Victorian Council of Social Service.

“Being unemployed is not a crime and people who are struggling to find work . . . → Read More: Unemployed Australians should not be punished – VCOSS

The policy advice that adjusting public finances by cutting welfare is the best way to proceed is far too simplistic – British Politics & Policy at LSE

Extract from an article by Georg Wenzelburger

The argument that cutting social spending is an essential part of necessary fiscal adjustments is pervasive. That slashing welfare does not harm economic growth while tax hikes do is treated as received wisdom by many academics and policymakers. Georg Wenzelburger deconstructs the argument in favour of welfare cuts, . . . → Read More: The policy advice that adjusting public finances by cutting welfare is the best way to proceed is far too simplistic – British Politics & Policy at LSE

Work for the Dole Scheme Threatens NFPs – Greens – Pro Bono News

Extract from Pro Bono Blog Post

The Australian Greens have called for a rethink of the whole work for the dole program as its outcomes will put more pressure on Not for Profits.

“Work for the dole punishes job seekers, will have perverse outcomes and put more pressure on Not for Profits,” Senator Rachel Siewert, . . . → Read More: Work for the Dole Scheme Threatens NFPs – Greens – Pro Bono News

Joined Up Welfare: The next steps for personalisation (UK) – Policy Exchange

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract

Mental health problems, low skills, family disruption, criminal history, social networks that don’t encourage work, substance abuse, physical health issues, disabilities, unstable housing, lack of resources – more than one in ten adults in Britain suffer from multiple disadvantages of these kind at any one time, including many of the most . . . → Read More: Joined Up Welfare: The next steps for personalisation (UK) – Policy Exchange

Developing a low pay strategy (UK) – Work Foundation

Extract

This is the final paper in our ‘Bottom 10 Million’ research programme, which examined the employment prospects of workers earning less than £15,000 a year. Since we launched the programme in 2011, much has changed. The economic recovery has gathered pace, but while average earnings growth now exceeds price increases, it will be some . . . → Read More: Developing a low pay strategy (UK) – Work Foundation

Independent review of jobseeker’s allowance sanctions (UK) – Department for Work and Pensions

The Review This Review considers benefit sanctions for claimants of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) who have been sanctioned after being referred to a mandatory back to work scheme. It was tasked with assessing and making recommendations around how the process of benefit sanctions functions in these circumstances, and how well claimants understand the system. In particular, . . . → Read More: Independent review of jobseeker’s allowance sanctions (UK) – Department for Work and Pensions

Why the precariat is not a “bogus concept” – openDemocracy

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The precariat, a class-in-the-making, is the first mass class in history that has systematically been losing rights built up for citizens. So, why is it the new dangerous class and how is it dif erentiated from other class groups in the evolving global labour process?

Ways of looking at the world are rarely wholly . . . → Read More: Why the precariat is not a “bogus concept” – openDemocracy

Tougher job-seeker rules will have negative impact, say interest groups – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Lenore Taylor

The Abbott government’s tougher requirements on job seekers are likely to backfire, harming rather than helping their chances of finding work, job agencies and welfare groups have said.

Asked to assess the likely net impact of the policies unveiled to date by the Coalition against their goal – . . . → Read More: Tougher job-seeker rules will have negative impact, say interest groups – The Guardian

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