Getting employers involved in area regeneration

Alan McGregor, Andrea Glass, Kenneth Richmond, Zo

It is generally agreed that the process of economic regeneration - increasing the number of paid jobs - is the single greatest weakness in area regeneration.

It is also clear that those who have been unemployed for a long time face multiple disadvantages in trying to get into the labour market.

This new study fills a gap in our knowledge about the effectiveness of schemes developed to date which actively involve employers in targeting the employment problems of disadvantaged areas.

The authors look at 12 case studies of innovative projects, drawing out general patterns and concerns for good practice. They provide a review of the literature to date and a directory of different approaches to involving employers.