Watchdog now treating universal credit as 'new project' after successive delays

Universal credit, the government's recasting of the welfare benefits system, has had to be reorganised so fundamentally that the government watchdog responsible for grading its implementation, the Major Projects Authority (MPA) has judged that it is now an entirely new project.

Leading employers prove disabled Apprentices boost business

Research by The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) has revealed that by hiring and supporting disabled people on to their Apprenticeship schemes, employers have found that they are better able to extend the pool of high quality applicants available to them, engage with the widest possible consumer base and have a workforce that reflects the diverse range of customers they serve.

Plans to cut youth unemployment outlined in Wood Report

Scotland's vocational education system must be improved if youth unemployment is to fall, according to a new report published by a commission chaired by businessman, Sir Ian Wood.

Councils and charities to boycott workfare programme

Around 350 organisations have signed up to boycott the community work placement part of the government’s workfare programme, including 13 councils and a selection of homelessness charities.

The scheme is part of the government’s help to work programme under which participants must either sign on at a Jobcentre every day, take up a training course or carry out a six-month, 30-hour-a-week placement.

Youth Employment Initiative: Commission adopts first programme with France to use €620 million to tackle unemployment

The European Commission has adopted the first Operational Programme with France to use the available funding from the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) to tackle youth unemployment. France will receive €620 million from the YEI and the European Social Fund (ESF) to help young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs) to find a job, in those regions with youth unemployment rates over 25 per cent.

Nine out of ten jobs in the future will require vocational qualifications

A new report published by The Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) has found that by 2022 - nine out of ten of the most in-demand occupations of the future will be attained by completing vocational qualifications.

European Commission questions UK government's welfare and housing policies

The European Commission has called on the UK government to ensure its welfare reforms contribute to the reduction of child poverty in low-income households in a new report entitled “Building growth: Country-specific recommendations 2014.”

The wide-ranging report said that universal credit and other changes to the welfare system must "deliver adequate benefits by providing clear work incentives and support services," and that improving the availability of affordable quality childcare, was central to this.

One in five vacancies in Wales is proving difficult to fill due to skills shortage

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills has published the findings of the Employer Skills Survey 2013 in Wales. The survey, which included measures of skills shortages and internal skills mismatches, such as skills gaps and training, found that one in five vacancies is proving difficult to fill due to a skills shortage.

European Commission welcomes adoption of Decision to improve cooperation between public employment services

The European Commission has welcomed the adoption by the EU's Council of Ministers of a Decision to improve cooperation between public employment services, which have a crucial role to play in helping the 25 million unemployed in Europe to get a job and in addressing skills mismatches.

Lowest levels of NEET's since 2005

New figures show that the proportion of young people aged 16 to 24 not in education, employment or training (NEET) is at the lowest comparable level since 2005 - with the percentage of teenagers NEET at its lowest since records began.

The figures, published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department for Education (DfE), show that for England in the first quarter of 2014 (January to March) compared to the same period in 2013:

The period new claimants will have to wait before they are eligible for benefits is to be extended

From autumn, anyone who loses their job will receive £40 less as a result of government plans to make people wait for longer for any job support, according to a new consultation published by the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) – an official body that advises the Department of Work and Pensions on benefits issues.

New approach to helping 16 and 17 year olds find work

For the first time, Jobcentre Plus, in partnership with local authorities, will implement a new approach that focuses support solely on 16-17 year olds who are not in education, employment or training and not in receipt of an income-based benefit.

Parental careers advice to children often “out of date”

Parents play a key role in their children's career decisions, but their views are often out of date and badly informed, suggests a new report published by the Association of Colleges (AoC).

‘Bedroom tax’ forcing housing association tenants “to live in fear”

Housing association tenants hit by the so-called bedroom tax are cutting back on essentials such as food and heating, according to new research published by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the National Housing Federation.

Five million British children “sentenced to life of poverty thanks to welfare reforms”

New research from Save the Children, has revealed that five million children in Britain, a country which they describe as one of the “most unfair in the developed world,” face being “sentenced to a lifetime of poverty” by 2020.