The purpose of this paper is to discuss the impact of policy, along with legislation and initiatives on the quite changing and challenging workforce landscape in the current working environment. It has the same aim or target as the module itself: to support the development of knowledge, and why not, understanding, of the current work practices and common culture within an integrated work sector deliveries. All the notions will be discussed accordingly to respond the paper's questions.
It is important to begin this study by defining what the term "working practices" really means. The best explanation would be that it represents the ways in which the members of labor force carry out their tasks in the company. Working practices can be set by establishing formal agreements between employers and employee representatives (Holman, 2003).
As said, the role of this study is to offer the necessary answers to questions regarding the ever changing working sector, current working practices and related issues of the young people's work force.Government initiatives affecting the children's and young peoples work force
Helping the country's young reach their full potential, represents a challenging aspect. It is also a national and international preoccupation. The government and most of the mass media are fixed on this issue, debating it, in order to find the proper solutions. Today, the program Every Child Matters is starting to show its effects and real benefits for the entire society. It is an integrated part of child / youth care and protection legislation (Jones, Tomlinson, Moss, Welch, 2008).
This issue has recently become highly popularized by the mass media and government. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his ministerial cabinet have created the Department for Children, Schools and Families. Children and young people's interests are at the heart of the current government. This is why one of the measures was to professionalize the youth workforce. Some of the developments include the establishment of the Early Years Foundation Stage in England and the Integrated Qualifications Framework, which will enable practitioners to choose and move quite freely between disciplines.
Regarding youth work, it will become a graduate profession by 2010. There will be required just a minimum qualification. Currently a foundation degree or a higher education diploma is needed. This reform will make a step further is solving the youth workforce issue.
Most of the latest government initiatives are intended to help and support the children's and young people's work force. By implementing them, there is a chance that the working environment will eventually change, and get rid off the unneeded or unexpected issues.
Analysis of the impact of government initiatives on the student's own workplace
In the context of the current economic crisis, it is pretty hard to find a proper workplace. This seems to be a big issue for adults, and also for students and the young generation of citizens. This is why the government has initiated a new reform in this sensitive domain. It is called the "Young People's Workforce Reform Program". It is the government initiative with the highest impact in the country and it is worth to remind and analyze.
Young People's Workforce Reform Program is the government's ten year strategy, specially developed for young people. It aims to develop a highly skilled, confident and secure workforce who can work to deliver the best possible outcomes for young citizens. This reform program is part of a larger government strategy, called 2020 "Children and Young People's Workforce Strategy". This was published in December 2008.
The strengths of the current reform programs, along with the impact and essential aspects, are the following:
- Informed strategy management and forward looking these have led to better outcomes for young people;
- A growing recognition by the local or regional authorities of the essential role youth support services play in improving outcomes;
- High qualification and even training levels in the case of youth workforce;
- Workers and managers that need to respond to the new and revolutionary Integrated Youth Support Services Agenda.
However, there have appeared some issues, because of the implementation of new reforms in the workplace domain. The most important and decisive ones are:
- The disparities in training, qualifications and even results across a broad segment of young people's workforce;
- Well exposed concerns over medium and long-term recruitment, job mobility and retention;
- It is thought that the training needs to be spread more widely than it is now, and also where it is possible to be coordinated with statutory and private sector training;
- It is said that workforce data is inconsistent and patchy;
- Leaders and managers need proper training to be capable and face different challenges and difficulties;
In the past few years, the young people's workforce programs have shown impressive versatility and commitment, providing the needed services to young citizens, and also for their families across Britain.
- David Holman (2003), The new workplace: a guide to the human impact of modern working practices, 450 pages, page 219;
- Phil Jones, Pat Tomlinson, Dorothy Moss, Sue Welch (2008), 304 pages, page 150;