Work remains a mirage for skilled but stymied asylum seekers – The Conversation

Extract from an article by John van Kooy* By the time I met Grace, she had been in Australia on a bridging visa for about 18 months. Part way into the interview, she reached for a stack of papers in her bag. “Let me show you something… this is from the bank,” she said. On her … [Read More] Work remains a mirage for skilled but stymied asylum seekers – The Conversation

‘If I Had a Family, There Is No Way That I Could Afford to Work Here’: Juggling Paid and Unpaid Care Work in Social Service – Gender, Work & Organization

ABSTRACT Drawing on three case studies in each of Australia, New Zealand and Scotland, this article explores how care workers employed in the social services sector negotiate their unpaid care responsibilities in the context of lean work organization and low pay. For younger workers, the unrelenting demands of service provision and low pay made any … [Read More] ‘If I Had a Family, There Is No Way That I Could Afford to Work Here’: Juggling Paid and Unpaid Care Work in Social Service – Gender, Work & Organization

MAP: Here’s the unemployment rate for every state and territory in Australia – Business Insider

Extract from an article by David Scutt Australia’s jobs data for September was released last week, and it continues to tell the story of an economy in transition. The ABS reported the unemployment rate fell in New South Wales (-0.1% to 5.9%), Queensland (-0.1% to 6.3%), South Australia (-0.2% to 7.7%) and Tasmania (-0.4% to … [Read More] MAP: Here’s the unemployment rate for every state and territory in Australia – Business Insider

Work–life balance/imbalance: the dominance of the middle class and the neglect of the working class (UK) – The British Journal of Sociology

ABSTRACT The paper was stimulated by the relative absence of the working class from work–life debates. The common conclusion from work–life studies is that work–life imbalance is largely a middle-class problem. It is argued here that this classed assertion is a direct outcome of a particular and narrow interpretation of work–life imbalance in which time … [Read More] Work–life balance/imbalance: the dominance of the middle class and the neglect of the working class (UK) – The British Journal of Sociology

Making the Work Programme work better: how can welfare-to-work programmes improve support for disadvantaged groups? (UK) – The Work Foundation

Extract from an article by Dr Libby McEnhill Today the Work and Pensions Select Committee released its latest report, looking at the Government’s flagship welfare-to-work initiative, the Work Programme. With the programme due for review in 2017, the report reviews contracting and delivery arrangements with a view to producing better outcomes for disadvantaged groups within the … [Read More] Making the Work Programme work better: how can welfare-to-work programmes improve support for disadvantaged groups? (UK) – The Work Foundation

Paid and unpaid work: The impact of social policies on the gender division of labour – Journal of European Social Policy

ABSTRACT The varieties of capitalism (VOC) literature has offered one of the most influential explanations for cross-national variation in the gender division of labour. It argues that labour markets, which privilege specific as opposed to general skills, have a negative effect on women’s employment and impede an egalitarian division of household labour. This article revisits … [Read More] Paid and unpaid work: The impact of social policies on the gender division of labour – Journal of European Social Policy

Construction Industry Defies Unemployment Drop – Sourceable

Extract from an article by Steve Shepherd The Australian Bureau of Statistics Jobs data showed a loss of 5,000 jobs in the Australian economy in September yet despite this the unemployment rate remained steady at 6.2 per cent thanks to a reduction in the official participation rate. Whilst these numbers are disappointing after four months of … [Read More] Construction Industry Defies Unemployment Drop – Sourceable

Conditions for apprentices’ learning activities at work – Journal of Vocational Education & Training

ABSTRACT The aim of this study was to investigate how apprentices’ learning activities at work can be fostered. This is a crucial issue as learning at work enhances apprentices’ competence development and prepares them for professional development on the job. Therefore, we conducted a study with 70 apprentices in the German dual system and examined … [Read More] Conditions for apprentices’ learning activities at work – Journal of Vocational Education & Training

Careers education must be for all, not just those going to university – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Kira Clarke Year 12 exams are in full swing and we are getting almost daily reminders from the media that young people need to think and plan beyond their final days in the classroom. Even the premier of New South Wales, Mike Baird, has chimed in with his advice to students. … [Read More] Careers education must be for all, not just those going to university – The Conversation

VET in schools in OECD countries – its impact on participation in work and post-secondary education – The VET Blog

Extract from a Blog Post on the VET Blog In July the OECD released Focus on vocational education and training (VET) programmes, a four page overview of upper secondary VET programs in OECD nations. In Australia we do VETiS differently across state and territory jurisdictions. Nonetheless, there are specific references to Australia as a whole … [Read More] VET in schools in OECD countries – its impact on participation in work and post-secondary education – The VET Blog

Ageing policy: Turning evidence into ideas – The Mandarin (UK)

Extract from an article by Cat Drew What would you do in an ideal world? What is the most disruptive idea you can think of? What if you exaggerated what we already did? What if you did the opposite? What would you do in 2040? Oh … hang on. These are hypothetical change cards that … [Read More] Ageing policy: Turning evidence into ideas – The Mandarin (UK)

Bills Digest – Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment) Bill 2015 – Parliamentary Library

Extract Purpose of the Bill – The purpose of the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment) Bill 2015 (the Bill) is to amend the Social Security Act 19911 and the Farm Household Support Act 20142 to: • extend the application of an ordinary waiting period of seven days to recipients of Parenting Payment and Youth Allowance (Other). The ordinary … [Read More] Bills Digest – Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment) Bill 2015 – Parliamentary Library

Job shedding has eased a little but now women are going back to work – Sydney Morning Herald

Extract from an article by Ross Gittins Why does unemployment increase? For a lot more reasons than you probably imagine. It’s a good question to ask this week when the media informed us that, last month, the number of people in employment fell by 5000, the number unemployed fell by 8000 and the proportion of people participating … [Read More] Job shedding has eased a little but now women are going back to work – Sydney Morning Herald

Spike in youth unemployment feared as schools dump work experience – The Age

Extract from an article by Timna Jacks Schools are preparing to slash their work experience and apprenticeship programs, as the Andrews government looks set to abandon a key youth workplace initiative. In a shift that welfare bodies say will worsen youth unemployment, the state government appears to be cutting funding for the Workplace Learning Co-ordinators Program, which provides disadvantaged … [Read More] Spike in youth unemployment feared as schools dump work experience – The Age

Taking the stigma out of flexible work – Women’s Agenda

Extract from an article by Prue Gilbert We have discovered it is the employment, business and corporate world where human rights are for the most part being breached, affecting the lives of most Australians. Poverty in part arises from breaches of human rights and in particular from discriminatory employment practises Australian Human Rights Commission President, Gillian … [Read More] Taking the stigma out of flexible work – Women’s Agenda

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