D Finn and K Zahno
Working Brief, issue 140, Dec 2002/Jan 2003 p.14-19
In 1999 Local Employment Access Projects (LEAP), a black led employment project in North West London, introduced a radical new approach to getting jobless people back into work. It was based on the "Strive" programme used in New York City, which combined a short job preparation course with an employment placement and retention service. Evaluation confirmed that LEAP had been successful in meeting its objectives.
Journal of European Industrial Training, vol. 26, 2002, p.411-419
Article presents an overview of the 2001 re-engineering of the New Deal for older unemployed people (New Deal 25 Plus). Based on interviews with 115 job seekers in an urban area characterised by low unemployment, it argues that these clients face multiple barriers to work, including a lack of "real world" work experience. Concludes that there needs to be a stronger commitment to training in a "real world" environment and a more flexible approach to the administration of some social security benefits to help these job seekers into permanent employment.
Department for Work and Pensions
London: TSO, 2002 (Cm 5690)
Sets out a comprehensive package of new measures to help people with an illness or disability off benefits and back into work. Proposals include:
Working Brief, issue 140, Dec 2002/Jan 2003, p.10-13
Summarises vocational training and welfare to work initiatives announced in the Chancellor's pre-budget statement in November 2002.