Stephen Evans, Working Links - In-work Progression (28 Feb 2014)


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  • All of which implies two key things: first that our focus needs to be at least as much on ‘opportunity making’ as ‘opportunity winning’ and this requires a different mindset, processes, structures etc
    Second that we need to be looking less at how we can win additional focused Welfare to Work pots of money, more about how we can design proposals that hit multiple policy buttons for Government and give cashable savings, with us having to take at least some of the risk (ie principle of ESF Families)
  • Work Programme expected flows:
    Scotland – 107,000
    Wales – 66,000
    South West – 36,000
  • Stephen Evans, Working Links - In-work Progression (28 Feb 2014)

    1. 1. Boosting progression in the UK labour market Stephen Evans February 2014 1
    2. 2. About Working Links • Established in 2000 to support unemployed and disadvantaged individuals into lasting employment. •Unique mix of government, private and voluntary sector ownership. •To date, we’ve worked with over 15,000 employers helped more than 250,000 people back into work. and 2
    3. 3. Delivery in Britain
    4. 4. The labour market context (1) Increasing focus Traditional focus Low pay defined here as below Living Wage or London Living Wage Little focus to date 4
    5. 5. The labour market context (2) 5
    6. 6. The policy challenge The lower end of our labour market isn’t working as well as it should for: •Individuals. Low social mobility, in-work poverty, low pay-no pay cycle •Employers. Low productivity, recruitment & training costs •Exchequer. Costs of in-work poverty, costs of ‘churn’ The current policy response doesn’t meet this challenge: •It’s no-ones job to help people progress from low pay •Support that might help is relatively limited and fragmented •The evidence base is limited too But this is starting to change: •We called for employment & progression programmes •Both parties thinking about payment by wage outcomes •Some forthcoming City Deal initiatives 6
    7. 7. Some delivery challenges 1) Customer engagement. Once a customer has found work, it is often a challenge to keep them engaged – can an enhanced offer change this? 2) Employer engagement. What is the sell to employers? 3) What works. This is a new area of policy – how can we take a ‘test, learn, adapt’ approach? 7
    8. 8. Watch this space… We’re developing further policy & delivery thinking and will be sharing this during 2014 A number of cities are developing plans to commission progression services, including Plymouth – this gives a great chance to test approaches We have argued that the successor to Work Programme should be paid in part on wage outcomes, and that this should apply to skills programmes too Progression is now the next frontier of social security support 8