Articles from Kirsty McHugh

Podcast with ERSA's Kirsty McHugh

We have a chat with ERSA Chief Executive Kirsty McHugh at the ERSA annual conference.

The Cathartic Nature of Clearing One’s Desk...

One of the joys of changing jobs is the cathartic nature of clearing one’s desk: ripping out the contents of notebooks for recycling, stumbling across Christmas cards from long gone colleagues, and, in my case, locating the original file of papers detailing ERSA’s set up.

Let's close the race and ethnic employment gap: Taking that knowledge and drive into my next role

Some of you might have picked up that I am finally, after eight years, moving jobs.

Do you fancy a challenge?

Do you fancy a challenge? These were the words which launched the Government’s new Challenge Fund and it appears the answer from a lot of you is ‘yes’.

Celebrate the good times

June is most definitely the month to celebrate in ERSA-land. Not only do we have national Employability Day looming on 29 June, where employment support organisations the length and breadth of the UK fling open their doors to welcome the great, the good and the merely interested, but we also have the sector’s national awards.

Even now, Mental Health is still an underdog issue

We’re awash with ‘weeks’ nowadays – celebratory or educational. Often, at ERSA, we’re asked to support these events and we do so, where we can, with the requisite tweets and blogs.

Carry on regardless

Sometimes working with central Government feels akin to a carry on film. 

A party and a weeping chairman: ERSA Awards open for entries!

Once a year my chairman sits in front of me and cries. This is not entirely my fault, in case you are wondering, rather the impact of some of the winners of the ERSA annual Employability Awards.

If Brexit means Brexit, what does it mean for the labour market?

Today marks a significant moment in UK history with Theresa May formally firing the starting gun for the process of the UK leaving the EU by triggering Article 50.

DWP is running out of time to get JCP’s role right

Last week saw the government miss a prime opportunity to correct the direction of travel and put the Jobcentre Plus (JCP) juggernaut on the right track for jobseekers. 

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