Why ‘Vulnerable’ Policy Workshops?
Equity, youth development and job skills are huge concerns for government and industry. However interventions constructed to achieve maximum socio-economic impact often miss the most vulnerable, most likely to benefit.
Policy beneficiary markets, (e.g. the unemployed or black people), can suffer exclusion if organisational practices are in conflict with actual policy and disadvantages are exploited.
Understanding vulnerability better equips organisations to establish efficient, effective pro-poor policy.
These workshops respond to a need for improved policy mechanisms in dealing with vulnerable or disadvantaged groups. While education is critical for enhancing earning opportunities and reducing the vulnerabilities of
all people, moving up the education scale results in the expansion of people’s expectations. However, employment opportunities at higher levels are much more selective in relation to the quality of knowledge and skills derived from a particular level of education. In addition, many other factors besides education can negatively impact on people’s ability to progress up the economic ladder.
The intentions of skills development and equity policies are to direct attention at organisational level to the development of responsive, meaningful interventions.
Workshops are interactive, draw on empirical research and probe the impacts of policy on actual outcomes.
Pro-poor Policy and NEETs
Absorbing NEETs into organised economic systems is important for enhancing their career and psychological development. When dealing with vulnerable youth, generational poverty impacts requires organisations to develop sensitivities where previously they enforced expectations.
- matching equity values to actual praxis
- frameworks for gender, race and disability
- reputation and brand ethics questions
- danger points: preventing potential conflict areas between policy position and final outcomes