ERSA works with the employment support sector to help inform the media, the general public and key spokespeople about the work of the sector, by explaining why people are out of work for a long period of time, and what the sector does to effectively support people (back) into the workplace.
While the sector includes over 20,000 staff and works with over a million jobseekers across the country, there is little public recognition about what this work entails. Whilst there is a significant amount of media coverage of unemployed people claiming welfare benefits, there is very little in the way of explaining why people can be out of work for long periods of time, and what support is needed to help people to enter, or re-enter, the labour market and retain employment.
ERSA seeks to provide a national voice about the work of the sector and crucially the success stories of jobseekers. We aim to do this by:
Creating better understanding amongst the public, politicians and the media of the work of the sector by explaining what support people who are out of work for a long period of time may need
Promote the sectors’ support services to jobseekers and to employers
Ensure the expertise and knowledge of the sectors' voice is heard amongst the media and is well positioned to contribute constructively to the national debate on reducing unemployment in the UK