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Welfare Reform on the Web (December 2003): Social Security - UK - New Deal

ADAPTABILITY AND SELF-MANAGEMENT: A NEW ETHIC OF EMPLOYABILITY FOR THE YOUNG UNEMPLOYED?

S. Worth

Journal of Social Policy, vol. 32, 2003, p.607-621

In terms of current labour market policy, the individual's employability is defined in terms of their ability to sustain work by adapting to more flexible patterns of employment and lifelong learning. Article presents the results of qualitative research with young people not in work, education or training which examined the extent to which these concepts of adaptability and self-management were reflected in their attitudes and job seeking activity. Findings indicate generally negative attitudes to working outside a traditional ideal of standard, permanent employment and also towards improving prospects by updating skills. Reasons included a disinclination to enter training or temporary work due to short-term risks to benefit status, but more significant concerns reflected the increasing "churning" of low-skilled youth between work and welfare.

INVESTING IN QUALITY: THE TRUTH ABOUT CAPACITY BUILDING

G. Finegold and K. Moy

Working Brief, issue 149, 2003, p.13-15

Reports results of an investigation of the capacity of voluntary sector organisations in the City Fringe area of London to offer work experience and other programmes to improve the employability of local people. Found significant weaknesses in voluntary organisations' ability to work in partnership and co-operate with employers, in their management structures, and in their handling of diversity issues.

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