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Improving progression from low-paid jobs at city-region level

This report presents proposals for a package of employment and skills initiatives that are relevant to the needs of Leeds City Region residents and employers, but could also be applied to other local areas.

Written by:
Anne Green, Paul Sissons, Kathryn Ray, Ceri Hughes and Jennifer Ferreira
Date published:

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.
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