Unemployment is 2,516,000, up 13,000 from last month’s published figure (quarterly headline up 6,000), and the unemployment rate is 7.8%. The number of claimant unemployed is 1,541,900, down 1,500 on last month, and the claimant rate is 4.7%. The number of workless young people (not in employment, full-time education or training) is 1,354,000, up 13,000 in the quarter, representing 18.7% of the youth population (up 0.2 percentage points). Youth unemployment (including students) is 993,000, up 48,000 in the quarter. There are 5.1 unemployed people per vacancy. The employment rate is 71.5% (down 0.1 percentage points on last month’s published figure and up 0.3 percentage points in the preferred quarterly measure).
The Creative employment programme was officially launched this week by Matthew Hancock MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business and Education, on behalf of national delivery organisation, Creative & Cultural Skills. The £15 million, National Lottery funded programme is aimed at increasing work and training opportunities for unemployed young people. The programme will provide funding for 6,500 new traineeships, apprenticeships and paid internship opportunities to help young unemployed people aged 16 to 24 enter the arts and cultural workforce. Driving culture change to enable growth The programme also aims to change recruitment culture in the sector by helping to diversify the workforce and provide fair access and progression routes in the long term, to help the sector to meet its... View Article
The Guardian has reported on increasing number of charities leaving the mandatory work activity scheme, with Sue Ryder announcing its departure from the scheme last week, as well as Sense and PDSA announcing their withdrawal earlier this year. The newspaper also mentioned the departure of the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research, Age UK and Scope from the scheme in the past year. The newspaper said these departures are ‘leading to fears that the entire scheme could soon become unviable if not enough month-long placements can be found.’ Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive of the Employment Related Services Association refuted these fears, and said there was ‘no evidence that work placements are proving harder to find.’ Meanwhile, it was reported in Third Sector that... View Article