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Employment reaches another record high (Department for Work and Pensions)

Official employment figures show that there are now a record number of people in work. The increase is due to people of all ages finding work, with employment levels of those over 50 in work reaching a record high, youth unemployment falling by over 40% since 2010 and the proportion of young people who are unemployed and not in full time education dropping below 5% for the first time.

Business Minister urges UK's largest companies to increase transparency around workplace diversity (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Business Minister Margot James has urged the UK’s largest companies to increase transparency about the diversity of their workforce ahead of the first meeting of the new Business Diversity and Inclusion Group. This follows government proposals for companies to increase transparency about their diversity policies, targets and progress towards those targets, as part of its corporate governance reforms.

Learndirect 'should face investigation', says senior MP (BBC News)

The Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, has said the government must demonstrate there were consequences for failure, following Learndirect’s inadequate rating by Ofsted.  Meg Hillier MP said: "It's a very big contract and we're concerned the way Learndirect is treated is a sign the government considers it is too big to fail, which raises wider issues about how we contract these things out."

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Surge in older workers with jobs as retirement dates creep back (Telegraph)

Over 50s workers are fuelling Britain’s jobs miracle as more people put off retirement and work later in life. Over 71 percent of those aged between 50 and 65 are now in employment and the number of over-65s in work has almost doubled over the past 10 years and almost tripled over the past two decades.

Time to tackle burning injustice of disability employment gap (FE News)

With the disability employment gap remaining a persistent problem Steven Evans, Chief Executive of the Learning and Work Institute argues that now is the time for transformative change to ensure we tackle this injustice and ensure that we utilise the talents of all of our potential workforce.

More than half of apprenticeships to go to 25 and overs  (TES)

School leavers could be missing out on apprenticeships, as employers use a significant proportion of their apprenticeship levy to place existing employees on these schemes, new figures have indicated.

Meet the women launching startups in their 50s: ‘I took a deep breath and jumped’ (Guardian)

With a fifth of new businesses being founded by over-55s, and Barclays reporting a 67% rise in women over-55 opening business accounts, this article looks at the experiences of three such women who have successfully launched their own business.


Opportunity for all: Essays on transforming employment for disabled people and those with health conditions  (Learning and Work Institute)

A collection of essays by leading thinkers on increasing employment opportunities for disabled people covering themes such as ‘the case for early intervention and support’, ‘harnessing employers’ and the future of employment support for the disabled’. 


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