Existing skills and employment support systems concentrate on getting people into work, but policy-makers concerned with addressing poverty also need to focus on how to improve progression in low-paid jobs.
The report shows:
- local stakeholders from different organisations need to work together to develop a framework for progression-focused employment and skills initiatives and their associated implementation and delivery;
- low-paid workers would benefit from a careers information, advice and guidance service to support progression;
- there is scope for an in-work progression service with a sector-based approach focusing on both employers and low-wage workers; and
- a business support service could help enhance opportunities for part-time workers.