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Policy and practice

The innovations featured on the site cover both policy and practice. They take in research and development, capacity-building and the creation of learning materials, web-sites, DVDs and much else. To help you search Equal-Works as quickly and efficiently as possible, every piece of material on the site has been tagged in a number of ways. For convenience we’ve segmented this policy-practice focus into 9 generic groups with a total of 36 headings.

Active labour market

Policy: getting people off benefit and into work. Special focus on the unemployed, particularly the long-term unemployed, women returning to work, people who are inactive, young people and others falling into the NEET (Not in education, employment or training) group.

Practice: attracting people to learning and training, improving vocational and other key skills, identifying and removing external barriers to getting into declared work, preventing people from moving into long-term unemployment or economic inactivity.


Building business capacity

Policy: supporting and building the capacity of new and small firms, including social enterprises.

Practice: skills for business, local capacity-building for businesses, building capacity for business support, and improving business support services.


Creating cultural change

Policy: changing the culture of organisations or group of organisations to make them more inclusive in their business dealings with their own workers, their clients and service-users and other organisations within their sphere of influence.

Practice: effective policy and compliance materials and approaches, examples of identification of win-win approaches to staff-involvement, business survival and excellence in service delivery.


Equal opportunities and diversity

Policy: equal opportunities for women and men, and diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity, handicap, sexual preference and age.

Practice: research into diversity, examples of organisational equality and diversity strategies, learning and training materials and techniques, audit tools .


Job retention

Policy: addressing skills shortages by retaining skilled and experienced workers.

Practice: ways of avoiding mismatches of skills and job requirements, strategies and methods of anticipating and meeting changing skills requirements, dealing with re-location and changed family and other responsibilities.


Pathways for learners and employees

Policy: creating effective routes to learning - initial information, advice and guidance, programmes of delivery and support mechanisms – for people in and outside work.

Practice: models of continuous learning cycles, services to improve motivation and access, approaches to providing support, examples of access skills.


Personal growth and capability

Policy: developing programmes and approaches to improving the individual capacities that are pre-requisites to progressing to further training and accreditation.

Practice: programmes and learning materials targeted at people at all levels, from soft skills required at pre-entry to employment, through capacity-building to leadership and management development.


Social capacity and sustaining partnerships

Policy: improving national, regional, local and sectoral partnership work, engaging with local community organisations and growing the capacity of community, business and public sector organisations to work together to mutual advantage.

Practice: research and good-practice tools to help grow, sustain and replicate successful partnerships, experience of empowering local activists and experience of successful partnership between EU Member States.


Supporting social enterprises

Policy: encouraging and supporting businesses with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are largely reinvested in their objectives rather than distributed to shareholders and owners.

Practice: examples and practical tools drawing on experience of creating and sustaining inclusive businesses with public good objectives, and supporting them in terms of the skills of their employees and the financial and market assistance they require.