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Welfare reform on the Web (April 2006): Social Security - New Deal

S. Dewson, H. Ritchie and N. Meager

Department for Work and Pensions, 2005 (Research Report; no.301)

This report presents the main findings of a representative national survey of employers who had recruited individuals registered under the New Deal for Disabled People during the period July 2002 to July 2003. It aims to provide a quantitative assessment of the nature and scale of employer involvement with the programme. It covers recruitment methods, perceived benefits of employing disabled people, provision of support in the workplace, experience of the New Deal for Disabled People, and access to advice and information.

P. Sunley, R. Martin and C. Nativel

Oxford: Blackwell, 2006

The New Deal for Young People, introduced in April 1998, has been a flagship of the Labour Government. The book is a comprehensive analysis of the New Deal and examines how far the programme has succeeded in responding to the diversity of conditions in local labour markets across the UK. It proposes not only that contemporary labour market policy should be based on theories and models of the national economy and of individual behaviour, but also that policy design needs to recognise the importance of the local and regional labour market contexts which shape its viability and outcomes.

M. Shaw and G. Woodhead

Health and Social Care in the Community, vol.14, 2006, p.177-184

The government has set a target of increasing the participation of teenage mothers in education, employment and training (EET) to 60% by 2010. This paper presents the findings of a qualitative research project conducted in the South West of England to establish the tracking practices employed by practitioners working with teenage mothers to ascertain whether they are engaged in EET. The results show that there are no standard procedures in place for effectively tracking the participation of young parents in EET. In order to assess progress towards the target in a meaningful way, a clear protocol for the collection and collation of information needs to be developed and implemented.

A. Doyle

Working Brief, issue 172, 2006, p.19-23

Volunteering has long been considered a route into employment either by leading directly to a job or improving an individual’s employability. This article looks at evidence for and against the idea that volunteering improves employability. The weight of research evidence suggests that volunteering improves the employability of some very vulnerable groups, but that these are the least likely to come forward as volunteers.

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