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Employability Day 2018

The third UK Employment Day took place on 29 June 2018 and proved to be the most successful event yet. Hundreds of organisations across the UK joined in the celebration to demonstrate their hard work supporting local people and communities into, towards or within employment.

Employability Day has grown exponentially since 2016. In 2018, nearly 700 organisations took part in the day, with over 250 separate events (nearly a third more than the year before). A broad range of organisations were involved – from employment support providers, social enterprises and employers, to local authorities, health groups and housing associations, plus charities, faith-based organisations and community groups.

This year also saw a sharp increase in the number of employers getting involved, with hundreds of businesses taking part in activity days, including Google, IBM, Bupa, Tesco, Barclays, the National Theatre, Gatwick Airport and West Ham United.

Nearly 70 stakeholders, including Ministers, MPs, MSPs, AMs, MEPs, Council Leaders, Mayors, and officials took part in the day. This included eight Government Ministers and Shadow Ministers: the Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, the Minister for Employment, the Minister for Disabled People, the Minister for Family Support, the Minister for Housing, the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, the Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and the Scottish Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills. 

The hashtag #EmpDay18 trended in the top five all day across the UK, as well as briefly the day before. There were over 3,500 Tweets from 1,250 different accounts with an exposure of nearly 11 million. In total, there were nearly 1,000 unique #EmpDay18 Tweets. 

There was strong local coverage of Employability Day activities, with over 30 individual pieces, including the North West Evening Mail, the Dorset Echo and the Argus, as well as sector press such as FE News and 24 Housing. In addition, BBC Radio Cornwall covered the Minister for Disabled People, Sarah Newton MP’s visit to Pluss.

And although impossible to count, it is estimated that thousands of jobseekers took part in the day, with organisations reporting large numbers of people attending job fairs and activity mornings to show their support and find out about local opportunities. 

Employability Day continues to provide the perfect platform for organisations to celebrate their achievements and broadcast what they do to support people into or towards employment. So thank you to all those who made #EmpDay18 the biggest Employability Day ever!

Here is just a snapshot of where events took place: 

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