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Birmingham: A "Locality Approach" to Combating Worklessness

Brookes, Nadia and Kendall, Jeremy and Mitton, Lavinia (2016) Birmingham: A "Locality Approach" to Combating Worklessness. In: Brandsen, T and Cattacin, S and Evers, A. and Zimmer, A, eds. Social Innovations in the Urban Context. Springer, pp. 257-263. ISBN 978-3-319-21550-1. E-ISBN 978-3-319-21551-8. (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-21551-8_20) (KAR id:64625)

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The locality approach to worklessness in Birmingham is an approach to tackling worklessness developed by the city. It was locality driven and focused on areas where worklessness was high. Detailed consultation took place to agree neighbourhood employment and skills plans and services commissioned on that basis. It also had a strong client focus adopting an integrated employment and skills model. The aim of the model was to offer a continuous service, incorporating the provision of targeted action and support that each individual required no matter which provider they accessed. It enabled an in-depth understanding of issues for local residents where worklessness was high, which provided the opportunity for provider organisations to work together for the first time and to develop small-scale innovative projects. Key was the agreement of the major players in the local welfare system and their signing up to the model.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/978-3-319-21551-8_20
Uncontrolled keywords: Employment; UK; Skills; Training
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Nadia Brookes
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2017 14:40 UTC
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2020 04:09 UTC
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