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Employability Day 2019 - We are closing the gaps

09 April 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Ette
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Demonstrate how your organisation is closing employment gaps in the UK 

This year’s Employability Day theme is Closing the Gaps. We want to highlight the tireless efforts of organisations across the UK who help close employment gaps by supporting disadvantaged people to enter, sustain or progress in work.

Despite record employment, there are still significant disparities between (and within) groups in terms of employment rates, pay and career progression. In addition, there are skills gaps in several key sectors, including hospitality, construction and healthcare.

Closing the gaps will help build an inclusive, productive and prosperous society where everyone has the chance to thrive.

This year's theme can be used to shape events and drive communications. It provides a platform to speak about how you support people who are disadvantaged in the labour market, such as young people, people with disabilities, or those without qualifications. See the statistics below.

Importantly, the theme can be used to demonstrate how your European Social Fund (ESF) programmes are closing the gaps (if you run them). It is vital we use EmpDay to make the case for well-designed and well-funded investment in employment support after Brexit.

So, let's use #EmpDay19 to show off programmes and activities that support disadvantaged people into work and tell the world how #WeAreClosingTheGaps. Please use the dummy Tweets at the bottom of this email to spread the word! 

Download ERSA's guide to this year's theme here.

Next week, ERSA will be publishing the EmpDay toolkit with template invitations, briefings, press releases, marketing materials and more. 

For more information, visit or contact

The ERSA Team


Did you know? 

Disadvantaged young people are three times less likely to stay in education or find a job after school. Disabled women earn on average 22 per cent less than non-disabled men. Graduates are over three times more likely to participate in training than adults with no qualifications. People living in social housing are 17 per cent less likely to be inemployment.  

Black African, Bangladeshi and Pakistani graduates are significantly more likely to be overqualified for their jobs than white graduates.

Dummy Tweets

The theme for this year's Employability Day on 28 June is closing the gaps. [Organisation] will join thousands of specialist organisations and employers across the country to show how #WeAreClosingTheGaps in our local area #EmpDay19 This year, organisations across the country will use Employability Day on 28 June to demonstrate how they are closing employment gaps by supporting disadvantaged people into work #EmpDay19 #WeAreClosingTheGaps  [Organisation] will be using Employability Day on 28 June to demonstrate how #WeAreClosingTheGaps by supporting [young people/people with disabilities/social housing tenants/people from ethnic minority backgrounds, etc.] into employment #EmpDay19 This year, we will use Employability Day on 28 June to demonstrate the importance of our ESF projects for supporting disadvantaged communities and closing employment gaps in the UK #EmpDay19 #WeAreClosingTheGaps #FutureESF