A New Vision for Older Workers: Retain, Retrain, Recruit – Department for Work & Pensions (UK)

-+*Report to Government by Dr Ros Altmann CBE Business Champion for Older Workers Extract Employers need to adopt age friendly policies such as flexible working, phased retirement, family care leave and even gap breaks. This can facilitate a new type of retirement, where people cut down rather than suddenly stop working, where health and wellbeing … [Read More] A New Vision for Older Workers: Retain, Retrain, Recruit – Department for Work & Pensions (UK)

Welfare to work policy needs a radical shake up if we’re going to meaningfully reduce poverty – JRF (UK)

-+*Getting people off benefits isn’t enough – they need sustained employment with opportunities for progression too, says Josh Stott. Could greater devolution of welfare to work help? Our new report, Welfare to work devolution in England, which reviews the devolution of welfare to work policies in the UK and four other countries, highlights that devolution … [Read More] Welfare to work policy needs a radical shake up if we’re going to meaningfully reduce poverty – JRF (UK)

Welfare to work devolution in England – JRF (UK)

-+*This review examines the devolution of welfare-to-work policies in Britain, Canada, the USA, the Netherlands and Germany, and analyses proposals for further devolution in England. It finds that: Devolution of the Work Programme (WP) and other employment and skills services needs tailoring to local governance capacity and should be an explicit aim of City and Growth Deals. … [Read More] Welfare to work devolution in England – JRF (UK)

Event: The Future of Work: People, Place, Technology Conference – CWL

-+*Melbourne, Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th April Exhibition and Convention Centre What makes a good conference? Is it the speakers, the ideas explored or does it really come down to the food? The Future of Work aims to step outside the typical conference experience. There’s something in the agenda for anyone who is interested in how the nature … [Read More] Event: The Future of Work: People, Place, Technology Conference – CWL

Client-centred Case Management: How Much Makes a Difference to Outcomes for Homeless Jobseekers? – Australian Social Work

-+*ABSTRACT Case management has become the predominant model for attempting to improve outcomes for young adults experiencing both homelessness and unemployment. However, there is little evidence-based knowledge about how young adults respond to case management, and how much intervention is needed to be effective. This Australian study utilised quantitative government data to investigate the effects … [Read More] Client-centred Case Management: How Much Makes a Difference to Outcomes for Homeless Jobseekers? – Australian Social Work

A whacking stick is not enough to get young people into work – The Conversation

-+*Extract from an article by Kristy Muir, Associate Professor of Social Policy / Research Director at UNSW Australia; Abigail Powell, Senior Research Fellow in Sociology at UNSW Australia and Rose Butler, Research Officer at UNSW Australia. Australia’s young people are facing some urgent problems. The unemployment rate of 15 to 24-year-olds, at a staggering 13.9%, is more than double the overall … [Read More] A whacking stick is not enough to get young people into work – The Conversation

BSL: Seeking asylum leads to rewarding job pathway – On the Ground (Brotherhood blog)

-+*Extract A successful electrical engineer in Iran, Mohammed was forced to leave his wife and children behind and flee for his life. Political unrest saw him escape to Australia by boat. Mohammed received casework support from AMES (Adult Multicultural Education Services) after he was released from detention, which included help to search for housing, as well … [Read More] BSL: Seeking asylum leads to rewarding job pathway – On the Ground (Brotherhood blog)

Government must scrap harsh plan to deprive young people of income support for six months – ACOSS

-+*Extract The Australian Council of Social Service today urged the opposition parties and crossbenches to stand firm and vote against the harsh Government proposal to deprive young people of any income support for six months of each year. ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie said: “We are deeply alarmed that the Government appears intent on pursuing this … [Read More] Government must scrap harsh plan to deprive young people of income support for six months – ACOSS

A survey of Remote Jobs and Communities Program(me) providers: One year in – CAEPR

-+*ABSTRACT On 1 July 2013, a new labour market and community participation program-the Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP)-started operating across remote Australia. It replaced several other programs, most importantly Job Services Australia (JSA) and the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) scheme. JSA has in recent years been Australia’s principal ‘mainstream’ labour market program in … [Read More] A survey of Remote Jobs and Communities Program(me) providers: One year in – CAEPR

Call to bring Centrelink payment system ‘into 21st century’ – The Australian

-+*Extract from an article by Fran Foo THE Abbott government has been urged to fast-track the estimated $1 billion replacement for a Centrelink mainframe system by one of its key architects who says Canberra can no longer afford to rest on its laurels. Kevin Noonan was one of the system’s designers when Centrelink’s Income Security Integrated … [Read More] Call to bring Centrelink payment system ‘into 21st century’ – The Australian

Precarious lives, precarious labour: Family support and young men’s transitions to work in the UK – Journal of Youth Studies

-+*ABSTRACT This research is about young people, family support and transitions into the workforce. We provide the results of a comparative, qualitative study with young men in two southern English towns. We argue that relationships of support in families are vital to young people’s ability to ‘navigate’ precarious labour market opportunities. As Youth Studies has … [Read More] Precarious lives, precarious labour: Family support and young men’s transitions to work in the UK – Journal of Youth Studies

Australian Government media releases for 13 March 2015

-+*Media releases 13 March 2015 from selected portfolios: PORTFOLIO: Education Reforms target VET FEE-HELP scammers | Department of Education and Training URL: http://education.gov.au/news/reforms-target-vet-fee-help-scammers SNIPPET: Tips for searching this siteSearch documents. The Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, today announced the Government will deliver a rolling campaign of legislative and other changes … [Read More] Australian Government media releases for 13 March 2015

Australia at risk of long-term structural unemployment – ACTU

-+*Extract Australia’s unemployment rate has now been at or above 6 per cent for nine consecutive months, since June 2014 – this is unacceptably high. The ACTU is deeply concerned that Australia is at serious risk of developing long-term structural unemployment. Former head of Treasury Martin Parkinson warned the Abbott Government about this risk in a … [Read More] Australia at risk of long-term structural unemployment – ACTU

Labour Force, Australia, February 2015 – ABS

-+* Australia’s unemployment rate decreased to 6.3 per cent in February 2015 Extract Australia’s estimated seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February 2015 was 6.3 per cent, compared with 6.4 per cent for January 2015. In trend terms, the unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.3 per cent, as announced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today. … [Read More] Labour Force, Australia, February 2015 – ABS

Building a Victoria without poverty: Victorian State Budget 2015–16 – VCOSS

-+*Extract In the lead-up to the 2014 Victorian election and in the months since taking office, the Andrews Government has articulated a vision of investing in the community to put people first. The Victorian State Budget 2015–16 is now an important chance for the government to deliver on that vision, and also help build a … [Read More] Building a Victoria without poverty: Victorian State Budget 2015–16 – VCOSS

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