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Last updated: 03/10/08

Disadvantage, Disengagement, Discrimination in London's Labour market (3Ds)

London 03

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Monika Beutel, Dr. Anna Paraskevopoulou, Elaine James

Time Scale

January 2005 - December 2006


London O3 - LSC Pan London ESF Objective 3 Co-Financing Programme

Steering Committee Members

London Metropolitan University (lead partner)
Central London Learning Partnership
Disablement Association of Barking and Dagenham (DABD)
DWP Skills Strategy Team
Jobcentre Plus London Regional Office
Learning and Skills Council (LSC) London Central
Learning Skills Council (LSC) London North
London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC)
London Voluntary Sector Training Consortium (LVSTC)
London West Learning Partnership
North London Learning Partnership
North London Strategic Health Authority
Open College Network London Region
Refugee Council
South London Leaning Partnership
TUC Learning Services (SERTUC)

Project Summary

This two-year pan-London research project maps and analyses measures that assist unemployed individuals from disadvantaged groups get into jobs and/or to develop their employability skills.

We focus on the following disadvantaged groups in our research:

- black and minority ethnic groups
- refugees and/or asylum seekers
- people with disabilities
- 16-19 year olds - not in employment, education or training
- older people (50+)
- lone parents
- homeless people
- travellers
- ex-offenders
- drug and alcohol misusers
- people living in areas with high levels of multiple deprivation
- returners to the labour market
- people made redundant
- long term unemployed (more than 12 months)
- economic migrants

Research Methods and Output

Questionnaire Survey and Database
We are mapping information about projects and initiatives that aim to enhance the employability of individuals from particular disadvantaged groups or to assist them in gaining direct access to jobs. We gather information through a questionnaire survey and have set up an Access database which lists all the questionnaire returns. We have produced some observations based on initial database entries. We have received some additional funding during the second year of the research and this has enabled us to accept further entries for the database until the end of September 2006. If you are a provider of learning and skills development, guidance or job brokerage, please fill in our questionnaire to ensure that your projects are included in the database.
The database will be a useful research tool for providers and stakeholders. All organisations that participate in the study will gain access to the database as part of a toolkit.

Qualitative Interviews and Focus Groups
Interviews and focus groups with representatives of the target groups, with learning and guidance providers, social partners, policy and funding agencies and others have been carried out. We have summarised preliminary findings. A model of ‘critical success factors’ is being developed as part of the qualitative research.
The research results will present a detailed London-wide picture of existing activities, identify any gaps and areas for improvement in provision and lead to policy recommendations. A toolkit will be made available at the dissemination conference in December 2006 containing:

For further information about the project please contact

Project Co-ordinator, Monika Beutel
(tel: 02073201371; e-mail: m.beutel@londonmet.ac.uk)
Research Fellow, Anna Paraskevopoulou
(tel: 02073201351; e-mail: a.paraskevopoulou@londonmet.ac.uk)


Research assistant, Elaine James
e-mail: ts000101@londonmet.ac.uk

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