Tackling Long-Term Unemployment: Workfare Touts Surface.
Timed to coincide with the launch of the ‘Help to Work’ programme in April 14, this seminar will explore what we know about those who become very long term unemployed (three years or more), what works in supporting them into employment, and why it works.
The event provides an opportunity to hear first-hand from the Department for Work and Pensions about the government’s support for jobseekers who have completed the Work Programme; and from Ingeus and Natcen about the delivery and evaluation of the government’s trailblazers for this group. The seminar will be supported by local case studies from Solent and Greater Manchester, and expert analysis from a range of speakers.
Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of the long-term unemployed, alongside practical ideas and recommendations for “what works” in getting this group back into the labour market. There will also be an opportunity to network with policymakers and practitioners working in this field.
Date: Thursday 1 May 2014
Location: DTG Venues, Vauxhall, London
And what do we find?
Who will you hear from?
Department for Work and Pension representative, Chris Guest, will outline the government’s approach to supporting jobseekers who have completed the Work Programme without finding work. The seminar will also explore lessons from the ‘support for the very long-term unemployed trailblazers’ with Dr Vincent Pattison of Ingeus, delivery partners for the Community Action Project in the East Midlands; and Nilufer Rahim of Natcen, official evaluators of the trailblazers. Presentation from Andrew Dean of Exeter University will examine international approaches to what works in tackling long term unemployment. The day will end with a look at case studies of individual approaches and area-based approaches in Solent and Greater Manchester.
Head of Learning, Skills and Work, Salford City Council
Marchmont Observatory, Exeter University
- Denise Edghill, Head of Skills and Regeneration, Southampton City Council, Solent Jobs Fund
- James Foss, Head of Employment Services, St Loye’s Foundation
- Chris Guest, Labour Marker Strategy, Department for Work and Pensions
- Dr Vincent Pattison, Head of Policy and Research, Ingeus
- Nilufer Rahim, Senior Researcher, Natcen