Youth employment measures in Europe

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract

This executive summary is split into five main sections, in line with the structure of the national articles. The introduction provides a discussion of youth employment in Europe using data collected at European level to provide an overall picture; additional detail, based on the information provided in the national articles, is . . . → Read More: Youth employment measures in Europe

Industrial relations in Europe 2010 (EU)

The Industrial Relations in Europe report provides an overview of major trends and developments in the relationship between employers and trade unions across Europe. It combines factual information with in-depth quantitative and qualitative analysis of current issues in industrial relations at company, sectoral, national and European level. The report has been published every two years . . . → Read More: Industrial relations in Europe 2010 (EU)

Review of vocational education: The Wolf Report (UK)

This UK report examines how vocational education for young people aged 14-19 could be improved in order to promote successful progression into the labour market and higher-level education and training routes. Many young people were on courses which led them into ‘dead-ends’. They were not being told the truth about the consequences of their choice . . . → Read More: Review of vocational education: The Wolf Report (UK)

Measuring the quality of vocational education and training using the Student Outcomes Survey – NCVER

With the Australian VET sector moving towards a more competitive model of provision, prospective students should have greater choice in where they study and what they study. A competitive market also means that VET providers should make available information about course outcomes. This report looks at the potential use of information from the Student Outcomes . . . → Read More: Measuring the quality of vocational education and training using the Student Outcomes Survey – NCVER

Race, reciprocity, reconciliation – Stolen children and the elementary structures of justice in Australia – Seminar

“Kevin Rudd’s apology to the stolen generations in 2008 was one of the most significant public rituals of Australia’s recent past. As with so many ritual events, the apology’s performative import depended on the convincing telling of a story – specifically the public history of family and kinship that Bain Attwood refers to as ‘the . . . → Read More: Race, reciprocity, reconciliation – Stolen children and the elementary structures of justice in Australia – Seminar

Insurance products need to evolve to cover all Australians – Online Opinion

Hands up who remembers the public liability insurance “crisis” of the early 2000s? You should – it was the last time this country saw significant reforms made to its insurance laws and, whether you know it or not, it has affected you. The result of those reforms was a system much more heavily weighted in . . . → Read More: Insurance products need to evolve to cover all Australians – Online Opinion

Reporting of rising food costs in the Australian print media

ABSTRACT

This paper explores media reporting of the rising food costs in five Australian newspapers in the 12 month period from 1st September 2007 to 31st August 2008. This period encompassed a Federal election in which rising food costs were identified as an election issue and a national inquiry into grocery pricing established to honour . . . → Read More: Reporting of rising food costs in the Australian print media

Gold age pensions (UK)

A measure of society is how it sees its older people. In many other cultures, older people have an elevated status and respect. In the UK, over 65s are too often seen as frail, a burden or a drain on society’s resources. WRVS believe that older people make a huge contribution to our society, but . . . → Read More: Gold age pensions (UK)

Submission on the scoping study for a national Not-for-Profit Regulator

A national non-for-profit regulator in Australia is long overdue, to strengthen the sector and reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens. Read The Benevolent Society submission to the Assistant Treasurer on the Scoping Study for a National Non-for-Profit Regulator on what the roles and functions of such a body should be and what form it should take.

SOURCE: . . . → Read More: Submission on the scoping study for a national Not-for-Profit Regulator

Ethnic diversity and inequality – ethical and scientific rigour in social research

The desirability and feasibility of developing guidance to help decide when and how ethnicity should be included in social policy-relevant research projects.

This research addresses the increasing need for research to inform policy and practice development that is sensitive to the diversity of the UK’s multiethnic population. Emphasis was given to the importance of ensuring . . . → Read More: Ethnic diversity and inequality – ethical and scientific rigour in social research

Taking stock on climate

It’s difficult to have a cool-headed debate about global warming. At a psychological level, the sheer scale of the issue – global, long-term, complex, threatening – tends to induce either paralysing despair or wilful ignorance. It doesn’t help that many protagonists in the debate, whether environmental NGOs or climate sceptics, bring with them all too . . . → Read More: Taking stock on climate

Dementia is core business for aged care

The new report Caring Places Volume 2 reports that the consequence of a national shortage of over 279,000 community and residential care places by 2050 will be an average deficit of 1,800 aged care places in every Commonwealth Electoral Division.

Last year Alzheimer’s Australia released the report Caring Places Volume 1 which looked at different . . . → Read More: Dementia is core business for aged care

Better banking for consumers – CHOICE report released

CHOICE’s ongoing campaign to make the Australian banking sector more responsive to consumer needs reached a milestone today with the release of our Better Banking report, which will go to the Senate Committee on banking competition. Read the key recommendations of our report.

The 40-page report draws heavily on CHOICE member feedback as well as . . . → Read More: Better banking for consumers – CHOICE report released

Home energy performance certificates failing (UK)

Energy performance certificates, designed to inform home buyers and renters about a property’s energy efficiency, are largely being ignored, a new study has concluded. Almost 80% of home buyers or renters who see an energy performance certificate (EPC) for their new home don’t act on any of the recommendations it includes on how to improve . . . → Read More: Home energy performance certificates failing (UK)

Partnering with employers to promote job advancement for low-skill individuals (US)

This paper explores the reasons why employer partnerships are important for improving economic outcomes for both low-skill workers and businesses. It identifies the factors that have hindered the growth of these partnerships as well as promising approaches-incumbent worker training and sectoral training-to build partnerships. It concludes with a discussion of policy considerations for creating and . . . → Read More: Partnering with employers to promote job advancement for low-skill individuals (US)

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