The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) is a membership body representing 1,766 organisations across the UK that are involved in employment support services.
The organisation has a strong reputation for supporting youth employment and promoting models of good practice.
“We help improve the employment chances of marginalised young people by holding ERSA forums, collaboration events and conferences,” says Elizabeth Taylor, ERSA’s Chief Executive. “An important part of our role is to bring the sector together to discuss how to offer the best support to young people seeking employment.”
ERSA had already been hit by a steady retraction in the welfare to work industry when Covid-19 delivered a further blow. The charity faced a funding shortfall just when its members most needed its services.
Youth Futures Foundation helped bridge the gap with an Infrastructure Resilience grant. “This funding is important because it has enabled us to increase our activities to support the sector,” says Elizabeth.
“It means we can respond to the impact that Covid-19 has had, particularly in relation to the 440 organisations in our membership that deliver youth employability services.”
The grant will enable ERSA to: employ a policy officer focused on youth unemployment; run more forums and conferences about youth employment; improve online resources for employment support organisations; and host a new online collaboration space for the employment sector.