Today, 14th July 2017 is the second national UK Employability Day, highlighting and celebrating the work of organisations that help jobseekers to move towards or into work. Coordinated by the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), the day is being marked by employment support providers up and down the UK to celebrate the work of their local staff and jobseekers.
Employment support services are designed to move people towards, into or to progress within the labour market. This encompasses a huge range of services that could directly help someone into work, such as interview practice and CV support, or be designed to help someone get to the point where they can take on some sort of employment, such as confidence building, talking therapies and management of a health condition or disability. It also includes skills training, apprenticeships and traineeships. Employment support can otherwise be known as welfare to work or labour market activation policies.
Today is an opportunity for the whole employment support sector to show what employment support means at the frontline and the impact it is having. It aims to coordinate activity across the country as part of a UK-wide event, in turn sharing activities with local press and other media. Last year’s first Employability Day proved a great success with almost 100 centres celebrating and championing the sector.
Here at ICONI, we are delighted to get behind UK Employability Day as many of our Customers are involved in frontline Employability support. We recognise that the work provided by our customers helps people move towards employment and has a big impact on local communities and in turn, has a positive impact on people’s lives. We are happy that we play a part in changing people’s lives for the better by providing our customers with the means to better manage the support they provide to jobseekers.