Beyond the workfare state: Labour markets, equalities and by Mick Carpenter, Belinda Freda, Stuart Speeden

By Mick Carpenter, Belinda Freda, Stuart Speeden

"Beyond the Workfare kingdom" explores equality, discrimination and human rights when it comes to employability and 'welfare-to-work' rules. It attracts broadly on new examine from the SEQUAL venture, undertaken for the ecu Social Fund, which investigated seven dimensions of discrimination in a labour marketplace that's in idea 'open to all'. The ebook presents an total research of coverage shifts and provides a large and unique diversity of illustrative experiences that provide voice to various most likely marginalised teams. Chapters take care of stumbling blocks to labour-market entry round all of the following topics: gender and sophistication; incapacity; race and ethnicity; geographical exclusion; sexual orientation; the issues of young and old humans; and refugees. The authors draw awareness to localised examples of promising perform, but additionally attach those to a broader 'human rights' schedule, linking them to altering legislative and governance frameworks. Its scope covers the total of serious Britain and it exhibits how devolution in Scotland and Wales, and on the local point in England, is growing new percentages for mainstreaming strong perform during this key region. The booklet may be of significant curiosity to teachers and scholars in social coverage and similar fields. it is going to even be precious for execs, coverage makers and practitioners within the regeneration, group improvement and anti-discrimination fields, quite within the united kingdom but additionally in Europe and past.

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Zarb, G. (1992) ‘On the road to Damascus: first steps towards changing the social relations of research production’, Disability, Handicap and Society, vol 7, no 2, pp 125-38. 42 four Between work and tradition: minority ethnic women in North West England Stuart Speeden This chapter takes as its central focus the relationship between minority ethnic women and employment in North West England. In terms of labour market activity, this group represents one of the least active sections of the population and therefore one of the greatest challenges to current initiatives to increase workforce participation.

This contrasted with their experience of CBIs, which were felt to be accessible, gave them time and attention,“treating us as people” and “more than a number” or someone to be pressured into taking a job. Often it was the range of practical services offered that was appreciated, such as developing a CV, filling in forms, assisting in job search and interview techniques. It was also clear that the close relationships established with staff made a significant difference. Regular and patterned contact with the initiative provided ‘structure’ and social engagement that helped to turn lives around.

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