Work Programme Evaluation: the participant experience report (UK) – Department for Work and Pensions

-+*ABSTRACT This report brings together and summarises the key evidence available from the different strands of the Work Programme evaluation relating to the experience of participants.In particular, it presents analyses from two waves of a large scale longitudinal survey of participants and a multi-wave (partly cross-section, partly longitudinal) programme of in-depth qualitative fieldwork with participants. … [Read More] Work Programme Evaluation: the participant experience report (UK) – Department for Work and Pensions

Social capital and aspirations for educational attainment: a cross-national comparison of Australia and Germany – Journal of Youth Studies

-+*ABSTRACT With the emergence of ‘knowledge economies’ across the industrialised world, transitions from school to work have generally become more complex and uncertain. Nonetheless, such developments vary between countries, as young people form aspirations which align with their individual preferences, academic abilities and the economic, cultural and social capital to which they have access. Previous … [Read More] Social capital and aspirations for educational attainment: a cross-national comparison of Australia and Germany – Journal of Youth Studies

Between Activation and Supporting Women – Alternative Operation of Welfare-to-work Programmes –

-+*ABSTRACT With the emergence of activation policies, researchers are intrigued by the extent to which welfare-to-work (WTW) programmes reflect the ideological orientation of policymakers, while leaving the ideological orientation of their operators unexamined. This aspect may be of particular importance when women’s non-governmental organizations operate non-coercive WTW programmes. Directing attention to the contribution of the … [Read More] Between Activation and Supporting Women – Alternative Operation of Welfare-to-work Programmes –

Warning drugs, crime will fill void as at-risk youth program cut – The Australian

-+*Extract from an article by Rick Morton FOR the first time in two decades there is no national program to target young people at risk of dropping out of study or work after school, a funding scenario that social workers say will lead to increases in crime, drug use and radicalisation. Funding for the $77 … [Read More] Warning drugs, crime will fill void as at-risk youth program cut – The Australian

Solar Jobs Report Shows Huge Growth (US) – Huffington Post

-+*Extract from an article by Kate Sheppard WASHINGTON -– The solar industry reports job growth 20 times higher than the rest of the U.S. economy, according to a new analysis. As of 2014, there were nearly 174,000 jobs in the solar industry, according to the report from the nonprofit Solar Foundation. That represents 86 percent employment … [Read More] Solar Jobs Report Shows Huge Growth (US) – Huffington Post

Health and Work at Older Ages: Using Mortality to Assess the Capacity to Work Across Countries – JPA

-+*ABSTRACT Health and longevity have increased substantially over the last 50 years, yet the labor force participation of older men has declined in most developed countries. We use mortality as a measure of health to assess the capacity to work at older ages in 12 OECD countries. For a given level of mortality, the employment rates of older … [Read More] Health and Work at Older Ages: Using Mortality to Assess the Capacity to Work Across Countries – JPA

Full employment alone will not close the living standards gap (UK) – Joseph Rowntree Foundation

-+*Blog Post Full employment must go hand-in-hand with better pay and government support for low-paid workers as a new report highlights the gulf in living standards for many families, says Katie Schmeucker.  David Cameron has set out his ambition for a UK with full employment. He wants to see more jobs created so that all those … [Read More] Full employment alone will not close the living standards gap (UK) – Joseph Rowntree Foundation

“I want to break free”: The role of working conditions on retirement expectations and decisions – European Journal of Ageing

-+*ABSTRACT We investigate the role of working conditions on the desire to retire as soon as possible and on the probability of transition from employment to either full or partial retirement, using different measures of work quality. We find that low work quality strongly correlates with the desire to retire as soon as possible of … [Read More] “I want to break free”: The role of working conditions on retirement expectations and decisions – European Journal of Ageing

Disability advocates say Federal Government employment policies not working – ABC News

-+*Extract from an article by Social Affairs correspondent Norman Hermant Advocates say despite years of Federal Government policies designed to boost employment, it is as hard as ever for people with a disability to enter the workforce. The number of people living with a disability working for the Australian Public Service fell from 5 per cent in … [Read More] Disability advocates say Federal Government employment policies not working – ABC News

Casual employment in Australia: a quick guide – Australian Parliamentary Library Research Paper Series

-+*Extract from a report by Anthony Kryger, Economics Section Definition There is no formal definition of casual employment in the sense that it has a meaning set down in law or specified in awards and agreements. Instead, casual employment has generally been regarded as employment in which there is an absence of entitlement to paid annual … [Read More] Casual employment in Australia: a quick guide – Australian Parliamentary Library Research Paper Series

Job Creation Lagging Behind Targets – Pro Bono News

-+*Extract from an article by Xavier Smerdon Job creation is lagging behind the Abbott Government’s own targets, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures. The figures showed that unemployment had dropped by 0.2 per cent to 6.1 per cent, with the number of employed Australians growing to 11.7 million. Last month 37,000 jobs … [Read More] Job Creation Lagging Behind Targets – Pro Bono News

Unemployed young people ‘falling apart’ emotionally, charity finds (UK) – The Independent

-+*Extract from an article by Antonia Molloy Unemployment is damaging the emotional well-being of young people, research released today has found. One in three Neets (young people “not in education, employment, or training”) between the ages of 16 and 25 regularly “fall apart” emotionally, a study by youth charity the Prince’s Trust showed. More than … [Read More] Unemployed young people ‘falling apart’ emotionally, charity finds (UK) – The Independent

Australian Employment Rockets: Here’s The Key Thing You Need To Know – Business Insider Australia

-+*Extract from an article by Greg McKenna Boom: Australian jobs have just printed a phenomenal rise of 37,400 which is much stronger than the 5,000 rise expected. This huge number follows on from last month’s 42,700 rise which has been revised to 14,400. The good news is that the growth has come in full-time employment … [Read More] Australian Employment Rockets: Here’s The Key Thing You Need To Know – Business Insider Australia

Vocational training is too complex, too job-specific, too underfunded – The Conversation

-+*Extract from an article by Gavin Moodie The Australian government is reviewing vocational education and training qualifications. The aim is to streamline a system that has educators, employers and government baffled by its complexity. The government has released two discussion papers exploring some of the major issues facing vocational education.The Australian government is reviewing vocational education and training qualifications. … [Read More] Vocational training is too complex, too job-specific, too underfunded – The Conversation

Australia’s unemployment rate decreased to 6.1 per cent in December 2014 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

-+*Media Release Australia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.1 percentage points from a revised November 2014 estimate to 6.1 per cent in December 2014, as announced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today. The seasonally adjusted labour force participation rate increased by less than 0.1 percentage points to 64.8 per cent in December 2014. The ABS … [Read More] Australia’s unemployment rate decreased to 6.1 per cent in December 2014 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

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