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'Most of industry’s shutting down up here…' : employability initiatives to tackle worklessness in areas of low labour market demand.

Joyce, K. E. and Smith, K. E. and Sullivan, C. and Bambra, C. (2010) ''Most of industry’s shutting down up here…' : employability initiatives to tackle worklessness in areas of low labour market demand.', Social policy and society., 9 (3). pp. 337-353.

Abstract

Employability initiatives are becoming increasingly popular in government discourse as a means of tackling worklessness. Here we discuss the findings of a small-scale, qualitative study which mapped the impacts of a multi-intervention programme on participants’ health, wellbeing and employability. Each of the 13 interventions was independently appraised through focus groups or semi-structured interviews. Thematic analyses revealed that participants from all interventions reported increased self-confidence, with several individuals suggesting that project involvement had facilitated their movement into the labour market. While the findings illustrate some positive outcomes, we argue that government policy needs to consider more carefully strategies that also address the demand side of the labour market.

Item Type:Article
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746410000060
Publisher statement:© Copyright Cambridge University Press. This paper has been published in a revised form subsequent to editorial input by Cambridge University Press in "Social policy and society" (9: 3 (2007) 337-353) http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=7788182
Record Created:12 Jul 2010 11:35
Last Modified:08 Jul 2011 14:46

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