Work for the dole: This punishing forced labour policy will not create jobs – The Guardian

Author: Van Badham, January 2014

By shoving the compulsory scheme down unemployed workers’ throats, the policy eschews job creation for a subsidised volunteerism that doesn’t reduce the unemployment rate

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In case there was any doubt that our conservative Coalition government is but a tired retread of our old one, this week has brought . . . → Read More: Work for the dole: This punishing forced labour policy will not create jobs – The Guardian

Low earners do most in budget lifting, says NATSEM modelling – The Conversation

Author: Michelle Grattan

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The budget hits 1.25 million low and middle income families with children on average by about $3000 a year in 2017-18 while it actually benefits upper middle and upper income families through removing the carbon price, according to modelling done by NATSEM at University of Canberra.

Ben . . . → Read More: Low earners do most in budget lifting, says NATSEM modelling – The Conversation

From apprenticeship to higher education: Navigating the credential landscape – JVE&T

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The credential landscape of vocational and higher education in the UK has expanded in recent years, alongside a rise in the number of students undertaking qualifications and a steady increase in tuition fees. The transition from an apprenticeship to higher education is one example of the progression from vocational to higher education. However, the . . . → Read More: From apprenticeship to higher education: Navigating the credential landscape – JVE&T

Workplace-based competence measurement: Developing innovative assessment systems for tomorrow’s VET programmes – JNE&T

ABSTRACT

As a consequence of the large-scale assessment studies (TIMMS; PISA) in compulsory schooling, attention is now being given to the modelling and measurement of competencies in initial vocational education and training. This new output-led perspective of teaching/training and learning/working processes demands new approaches to research. Using the concept of the curriculum–instruction–assessment triad this paper . . . → Read More: Workplace-based competence measurement: Developing innovative assessment systems for tomorrow’s VET programmes – JNE&T

Older male mentors’ perceptions of a Men’s Shed intergenerational mentoring program – ACYS

The National Male Health Policy identifies several groups of males at different transitional life stages that are at particular risk, including teenage boys at risk of social exclusion and recently retired older men. This research aimed to investigate the mentors’ experiences of a program to bring these groups together through participation in meaningful occupation.

. . . → Read More: Older male mentors’ perceptions of a Men’s Shed intergenerational mentoring program – ACYS

Youth unemployment rates in small geographic areas: 2013 – Flagpost

Author: Penny Vandenbroek

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) recently changed the dissemination of regional data from the monthly Labour Force Survey to reflect a new geographic standard. The Labour Force Survey is a key source of data on employment, unemployment, the labour force and associated rates and ratios. The change was designed to . . . → Read More: Youth unemployment rates in small geographic areas: 2013 – Flagpost

Early impacts of the Victorian Training Guarantee on VET enrolments and graduate outcomes – NCVER

The impact of the first round of Victorian demand-driven reforms, referred to as the Victorian Training Guarantee (VTG), on enrolments and training outcomes is the focus of this report. The VTG reforms were introduced to create a more responsive training market and were implemented between July 2009 and January 2011. Subsequent reforms introduced in Victoria . . . → Read More: Early impacts of the Victorian Training Guarantee on VET enrolments and graduate outcomes – NCVER

Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies (ACYS) – Budget 2014: Youth round-up

The Federal Budget for 2014-15 was released on 13 May. The following reports from the media and other sources look at the youth-related programs and services affected.

SOURCE: “Budget 2014: Youth round-up”, Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies (ACYS)

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BroCAP is produced by the two librarians at the Brotherhood of St Laurence in . . . → Read More: Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies (ACYS) – Budget 2014: Youth round-up

Regressive measures won’t help youth into work or training – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Linda J. Graham

The 2014 federal budget implemented a so-called crackdown on what Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews calls young people who are content to “sit on the couch at home and pick up a welfare cheque”.

The crackdown will change access to income support for people under 30 . . . → Read More: Regressive measures won’t help youth into work or training – The Conversation

Parents left with no choice but to pick up the slack – Sydney Morning Herald

Extract from an article by Matt Wade

Joe Hockey’s first budget has shifted economic risk to parents.

Take the requirement for those aged under 30 to be ”earning or learning”. From the start of next year unemployed young people wanting to go on the dole will be forced to wait six . . . → Read More: Parents left with no choice but to pick up the slack – Sydney Morning Herald

A ‘Precariat Charter’ is required to combat the inequalities and insecurities produced by global capitalism – British Politics & Policy at LSE

Extract from an article by Guy Standing

Rising inequality is one of the most salient issues in global and European politics.Guy Standing writes that what we have witnessed in recent decades is not simply an increase in inequality, but also the emergence of a new globalised class structure. A key component of this structure is . . . → Read More: A ‘Precariat Charter’ is required to combat the inequalities and insecurities produced by global capitalism – British Politics & Policy at LSE

Disadvantaged Youth Thrive as Construction Tradespeople – Sourceable

Extract from an article by Andrew Heaton

Helping disadvantaged youth across Australia to get onto the path of learning building trades and pursuing promising careers in construction and other areas involves a number of challenges but is thoroughly worthwhile according to the head of a program which works with major building companies and employs thousands . . . → Read More: Disadvantaged Youth Thrive as Construction Tradespeople – Sourceable

Work Exposure and Work Placement Programs in Schools – Group Training Australia

Work Exposure and Work Placement Programs in Schools involving Group Training Organisations is a three part report commissioned in October 2012 by the then Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) to identify the characteristics of good practice in facilitating work placements for school students.

The report is based on . . . → Read More: Work Exposure and Work Placement Programs in Schools – Group Training Australia

Australia’s unemployment rate remained steady at 5.8 per cent in April 2014 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained steady at 5.8 per cent in April 2014, as announced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

The seasonally adjusted labour force participation rate decreased by less than 0.1 percentage points to 64.7 per cent in April.

The ABS reported the number of people employed increased by 14,200 . . . → Read More: Australia’s unemployment rate remained steady at 5.8 per cent in April 2014 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Policy response: Apprenticeships should be for everyone (UK) – Fabian Society

Extract from an article by Graham Hoyle

Since the launch of Modern Apprenticeships in 1994 there has been a welcome (and very necessary) cross-party support for the renaissance and expansion of apprenticeships. But this progress is now in danger of going into reverse.

Antiquated eighteenth-century thinking frames new policy that is being rolled . . . → Read More: Policy response: Apprenticeships should be for everyone (UK) – Fabian Society

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