INSPIRING FUTURES

Inter-agency cooperation and new approaches to employability.

Lindsay, Colin, McQuaid, Ronald W and Dutton, Matthew (2008) Inter-agency cooperation and new approaches to employability. Social Policy and Administration, 42 (7). pp. 715-732. ISSN 0144–5596

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    This article examines the role of inter-agency cooperation, which is one form of ‘partnership’, in new approaches to employability in the UK. The article articulates a ‘model for effective partnership working’ on employability. This model is applied first in a general review of employability policy and then to discuss case study research on the recent ‘Pathways to Work’ and ‘Working Neighbourhoods’ pilots. It is argued that successful partnerships need a clear strategic focus based on a necessity for inter-agency cooperation and institutional arrangements that allow for shared ownership, trust and mutualism, and flexibility in resource-sharing. While some of these factors are apparent in UK employability services, an over-reliance on contractualism and centralized organizational structures may undermine partnership-based approaches. Many of the success factors associated with effective partnership working appeared to be in place, even though the role of the Public Employment Service was fundamentally different in each case (as a key actor in implementing the first pilot, but largely withdrawing from the implementation role in the second). The article concludes by outlining the relevance of this model and the case study findings to discussions of the future development of employability policies and related partnership working

    Item Type: Article
    Print ISSN: 0144–5596
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Unemployment; Employability; Partnership; Activation; Pathways to Work;
    University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Employment Research Institute
    Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 331 Labor economics
    Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
    Item ID: 4356
    Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
    Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2011 14:13
    Last Modified: 12 Feb 2013 16:15
    URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/4356

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