The Department for education has published the framework for delivery for traineeships. The traineeships, to be introduced for 16 to 19 year olds from August 2013, will provide young people with an opportunity to participate in a work placement, skills training and a various other support services (for example improving English and maths skills).
JobBridge, an internship programme in Ireland* set up to support unemployed people with work experience, is working for its participants and the Exchequer, the Irish Independent has reported. The newspaper has shown that ‘the progression outcomes experienced by participants indicates a high proportion of interns are currently in employment, at approximately 51.4 per cent.’ The article further shows how JobBridge is very successful compared to some other countries whose programmes including internships only show a 34 per cent employment rate.
With news of a ‘transformation’ in rehabilitation services, mentoring schemes for ex-offenders are in the spotlight. The BBC has explored the concerns around the ‘rehabilitation revolution’: with the rehabilitation revolution running on a payment by results scheme, Mark Easton, the BBC’s Home Editor, questions the evidence base for mentoring schemes to support ex-offenders.
A report by the Child Poverty Action Group and the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has said Universal Credit is in danger of failing to deliver on its key objectives. The report says that although Universal Credit will improve some aspects of the benefits system, its ability to lift families out of poverty and remove barriers to working will be severely undermined by the government's wider tax credit and benefit changes - with nine in ten families gaining nothing overall from its introduction.
The Department for Education has announced that new randomised controlled trials are to drive forward evidence-based research and increase the use of quantitative evidence. The decision to run two trials was a result of recommendations, made by Dr Ben Goldacre, in a report which examined the role of evidence in the education sector.
Claimants with over two months of rent arrears will have their rent directly paid to their landlord, 24dash.com has reported.
A housing association and councils from one benefit cap pilot scheme have commented that the cap has had ‘no impact’ on encouraging people into work, the Guardian has reported. This follows uncertainty surrounding the effect of the cap last month, when the Department for Work and Pensions announced fewer people would be affected by the measure because they had found work.
A report from the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee has said that Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are drivers of strong regional economic growth. It further argues to extend the financial support made available to LEPs by government from two years, to an extra five years from 2015. Moreover, it suggests government appoints a minister with responsibility and accountability for LEPs.