By Dr Jo Ingold
About the author
Jo Ingold is an associate professor of human resource management and public policy. Jo has a long-standing interest in public employment policies and in particular in active labour market programmes. This research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and followed on from Seedcorn Research funded by the Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC) and Leeds University Business School.
This video is based on the findings of the co-authored report: Employer Engagement in Active Labour Market Programmes in the UK and Denmark
Since the 1990s, governments have encouraged those who are unemployed back into work through a variety employability and skills programmes. Our research looked at whether these programmes did what they were supposed to do, and identifies employers’ attitudes to taking on individuals with particular barriers to work (such as disabled people) who came through these programmes.
The UK and Denmark were compared for three reasons:
- Both countries were at the forefront of implementing these programmes internationally
- Both have very flexible labour markets
- The UK and Denmark provide different institutional contexts. Denmark has a strong social partnership model involving employers and trade unions with government policy, something the UK hasn’t traditionally had.
This video explains:
- what employability and skills programmes are
- why research into employer perspectives was needed
- how employers view and engage with these programmes.
You can read more about this research in:
- An earlier blog post - ‘Government help for the unemployed’
- The research Executive Summary
- The research full report
- The open access article - ‘Employers' recruitment of disadvantaged groups: exploring the effect of active labour market programme agencies as labour market intermediaries’