New apprenticeship support network a step closer – Minister for Industry

The Australian Government is delivering the next tranche of reforms to make the skills and training system more job-focussed, today opening tenders for the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network.

Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane said the new Australian Apprenticeship Support Network will deliver better support for apprentices with a focus on job outcomes and lifting . . . → Read More: New apprenticeship support network a step closer – Minister for Industry

Politicians should stop bullying young jobless people into trying to find work (UK) – The Guardian

Martin Bright

Young people need help and support to find work, not benefit cuts and constant scapegoating as an idle underclass

Sometimes you have to wonder whether anyone in the political class knows a young person. They certainly show no evidence of any empathy and I wonder whether our current crop of politicians were ever . . . → Read More: Politicians should stop bullying young jobless people into trying to find work (UK) – The Guardian

A guide to Australian Government payments booklet: 20 September-31 December 2014 – Centrelink

This quarterly publication is prepared by the Department of Human Services to give you information about payments and services it delivers on behalf of the Department of Social Services (DSS).

Detailed information for each of the payments listed in the guide can be found in the customer section. This includes: eligibility, how to apply, and . . . → Read More: A guide to Australian Government payments booklet: 20 September-31 December 2014 – Centrelink

The Economic and Social Benefits of Increasing Indigenous Employment – Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, ANU

ABSTRACT

Relatively low rates of employment are one of the reasons for many of the poor economic and social outcomes experienced by Indigenous Australians. Increases in the rate of Indigenous employment would result in significant economic gains to the individuals who move into employment, and their families and communities, to the government who would receive . . . → Read More: The Economic and Social Benefits of Increasing Indigenous Employment – Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, ANU

$1.5bn scheme failing on jobs – The Australian

Extract from an article by Patricia Karvelas

NLY 277 indigenous jobseekers have found employment that ­lasted more than six months in ­remote regions in the past year, prompting the Abbott government to devise an overhaul of Labor’s remote jobs scheme.

The Coalition has concluded that the $1.5 billion nationwide scheme has been failing to engage . . . → Read More: $1.5bn scheme failing on jobs – The Australian

ABS Labour Force revisions: a botch job or short term pain for long term gain? Flag Post

Extract from an article by Aaron Greenup

Prior to releasing the September Labour Force Survey (LFS) results this month, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) announced they were taking the unusual step of dropping the seasonally adjusted Labour Force estimates for July, August and September. Many users of the monthly survey results have . . . → Read More: ABS Labour Force revisions: a botch job or short term pain for long term gain? Flag Post

Maternity protection: Good for workers, good for small businesses – International Labour Organization

Maternity protection and work-family measures can generate positive outcomes for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), says ILO Specialist Laura Addati.

For most people, having a child is a joyful, if challenging, event. But let’s be honest, it can also lead to discrimination against women.

Take the example of Noemi, a 26-year-old woman whose contract was . . . → Read More: Maternity protection: Good for workers, good for small businesses – International Labour Organization

Millennials Pushing for Social Change – Pro Bono News

Extract from an article by Xavier Smerdon

Millennials, who are often maligned as a the “me generation” and a selfish group of citizens that are impatient and filled with a sense of entitlement, actually have the power to change the face of the Not for Profit sector, a visiting US impact investment . . . → Read More: Millennials Pushing for Social Change – Pro Bono News

NFP Workforce Solutions Program Launched – Pro Bono News

Blog Post

A program designed to assist refugees, asylum seekers and other marginalised jobseekers into work, and to support employers to grow and diversity their workplace, has been launched.

Run by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Given the Chance – workforce solutions that matter, offers real employment opportunities . . . → Read More: NFP Workforce Solutions Program Launched – Pro Bono News

Employers playing crucial role in skilled migration screening – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Hielke Buddelmeyer

Ask anyone on the street or in the pub about immigration and they’ll invariably say it’s all about boats, 457s and more boats. But immigration policy is obviously about more than just that, and in parallel to the eye catching headlines of Australia’s attempts to dissuade unwanted visitors . . . → Read More: Employers playing crucial role in skilled migration screening – The Conversation

Vocational Pathways In New Zealand – VET Development Centre

Extract from Blog Post

This post takes a quick look at the New Zealand’s Vocational Pathways, introduced early in 2013. The Pathways are the product of partnerships between government, the training sector, secondary and tertiary education representatives, and industry and employer representatives.

The intent is to provide a better line of sight between education and . . . → Read More: Vocational Pathways In New Zealand – VET Development Centre

Fears of social problems as youth struggle to find entry-level jobs in Canberra – Canberra Times

Extract from an article by Primrose Riordan

Anglicare is warning of serious social problems caused by high youth unemployment in Canberra. The social welfare agency has just released a study finding very few entry-level jobs in the capital. Analysing job advertisements, the study found less than 15 per cent of advertised jobs in Canberra were . . . → Read More: Fears of social problems as youth struggle to find entry-level jobs in Canberra – Canberra Times

Generation Y didn’t go crazy in a vacuum. How can we enjoy life when our future is so uncertain? The Guardian

Extract from an article by Eleanor Robertson

Last week two of my friends, a couple in their twenties, had a baby together. A planned baby — they’re married and mortgaged, reasonably financially secure, and able to provide the sort of stable family environment that has been our cultural gold standard for decades.

In the same . . . → Read More: Generation Y didn’t go crazy in a vacuum. How can we enjoy life when our future is so uncertain? The Guardian

Does the welfare state make older workers unemployable? IZA

ABSTRACT

This paper discusses the specificities of the labor market for older workers. It discusses the implications of those specificities for the effect of labor market institutions on the employability of those workers. It shows that while unemployment benefits indexed backwards and hiring costs are likely to harm these workers more than the average worker, . . . → Read More: Does the welfare state make older workers unemployable? IZA

Job-seekers driven to poverty as Newstart fails to keep pace with wages – Ethical Jobs

Blog Post

If you’ve ever had to live on the Newstart Allowance you’ll know that making ends meet after rent and bills are paid is an almost unmanageable task. In fact, when Greens MP Adam Bandt tried to live on Newstart allowance for just one week in 2013, he called the task “impossible”.

. . . → Read More: Job-seekers driven to poverty as Newstart fails to keep pace with wages – Ethical Jobs

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