Distance travelled and soft outcomes for long-term unemployed review
The feasibility of developing a methodology for measuring the distance travelled and soft outcomes for long-term unemployed people participating in Active Labour Market Programmes has just been published by the European Commission.
Sally-Anne Barnes and Sally Wright undertook the review as part of the ESF funded European Transnational Employment Platform Project led by AEIDL. The aim of the review was to establish the scope for application of 'Distance Travelled Models', which could be adapted by those supporting long-term employed integration.
Sally-Anne and Sally also delivered a half day workshop for the Slovenian public employment services to support the development of a distance travelled model for the labour market programmes.
New report on cooperatives and social enterprises
Based on new research it highlights how the management practices of these organisations help sustain employment levels and deliver goods jobs in the face of structural and cyclical economic changes. Read more here.
IER secured Bronze Athena SWAN Award
IER has been awarded a Bronze Athena SWAN Award in recognition of its efforts to promote equality, representation, progression and success for everyone working within the Institute.
Professor Clare Lyonette, along with Catherine Vassallo, IER’s Administrator, led the Athena SWAN submission with support from the Self-Assessment Team (SAT). Clare and Catherine are delighted with the award which is a testament to the incredible hard work and effort by all involved.
‘We are proud that the Equality Challenge Unit has recognised us in this round of awards and we are now looking forward to fully implementing our Action Plan. We have a dedicated team of staff who will be working together to make sure that the impetus is maintained over the coming months and years’.
‘The Athena SWAN submission included new data collection and analysis and led us to reflect upon our processes and practices more closely, particularly with a new intake of early career researchers in recent years. We will strive to ensure that they, and all staff and students, are equally recognised and have equal opportunities to thrive in a busy and demanding research-only environment’.
Clare Lyonette presents her research at the Community, Work and Family conference in Valletta, Malta
Clare Lyonette attended this year's Community, Work and Family conference, held in Malta from May 22nd-25th 2019. Clare presented two papers:
(i) one focusing on the Forces in Mind Trust-funded project on self-employment among the Armed Forces Community: 'The transition to self-employment among military veterans – identifying class differences in success and failure’, and
(ii) the other with Professor Tracey Warren from the University of Nottingham on their joint body of research on part-time employment: 'Poles apart? The impact of occupational class and hours of work on part-time job quality for women’.
IER literature reviews, commissioned as part of the Review of Post-18 Education and Funding, published
The Department for Education published three IER literature reviews commissioned as part of the Augar Review:
• Dickinson, P. (2019) Choices students make between different post-18 education routes. London: Department for Education. Read the short summary in the press release here.
The Review of Post-18 Education and Funding, launched by the Prime Minister in February last year, was led by Philip Augar, and reported its findings on 30 May.