ERSA runs a wide range of forums, conferences and other events. ERSA members can book onto events to keep up to speed with developments in the employment support sector and gain access to excellent networking opportunities.

Upcoming events

ERSA delivers a range of online forums, networks and working groups for our members. We aim to keep this page up to date with links to register, you can also find us on Eventbrite (follow ERSA there to be notified when new events go live for registration). 

Contact the team for more information at [email protected] A list of previous events can be found here. 

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November 2021

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Employment Support Greater Manchester, 23 November - 10am - 12pm
For ERSA members and organisations delivering or with an interest in Employment Support in Greater Manchester

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  • Welcome, introduction and overview of the meeting
    Greg Bate, National Strategic Partnership Manager – Employability and Health, Seetec Pluss
  • ERSA update
    Elizabeth Taylor, Chief Executive, ERSA
  • GMCA update
    Mat Ainsworth, Assistant Director, Education, Skills & Work, GMCA
    Sharon Weetman, Senior Project Manager ESF, GMCA
  • DPS2 Update
    Adele Bryan and Kathryn Johnston, DWP
  • MMU Research Programme
    Dr Katy Jones, Research Fellow, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Prince's Trust: Youth Provision in GM
    Speaker to be announced
  • Manchester Activity Hub
    Affy Rasheed, Interventions Alliance
  • Virtual roundtable
  • Any other business, future online and in person meeting dates

The ERSA Employability Awards 2021 and Employability Day

Enterprise Works Forum
29 November, 11am

Including Q&A session on TUPE in relation to NEA Contracts with employment law specialists BDB Pitmans. 

Secure Homes and Work Forum, 30 November - 2pm

Sponsored by CogniSoft

This meeting will have a focus on the support for homeless people in finding and maintaining work. Already on the agenda is House of St Barnabas who will discuss their training and pre-employment model. 

Interested in chairing this forum? If you are a fully paid up member of ERSA with experience of the issues around social housing and employment, get in touch via [email protected] for an informal chat.

December 2021

January 2022

The ERSA Conference will feature;

  • Thought provoking debate and insights from leading experts in their field
  • Employment and Skills Commissioners and Funders
  • The latest research, information and opportunities for the sector
  • Meet the new Board and ERSA AGM (member only closed event)
  • A celebration of the ERSA Award winners from 2020 and 2021
  • Plenty of space for collaboration and connections

Catch up with previous events here. 

Dates to be confirmed

  • Employment Support Landscape
    Mapping the current provision across the UK with contributions from ERSA/central, devolved and local government and other commissioners
  • Commissioning Roundtables
  • Code of Conduct
    a series of workshops for ERSA members and commissioners to set industry standards and level agreements
  • DWP Future Market Strategy
  • Primes/CAERHS
  • Supply Chain   - DWP ES Landscape event
  • Devolved, regions 
  • Restart Scheme CPAs
  • Restart ReACT Partnership