Mr Darren Coppin from Esher House at the Long Term Unemployment Conference

From Welfare to Wellbeing: are Jobseekers really job-seeking? 

Mr Coppin will be presenting at the Long Term Unemployment Conference at the Gold Coast in August. This presentation will include details of cutting edge activity with over 50,000 unemployed Australians that is helping to inform policy-makers here and in the UK, Sweden and Denmark.

The findings have been called “profound” by Queensland’s Chief Scientist, “unprecedented” by senior public servants, and has led to a department being “abuzz with positive chatter about your approach and findings”.

Esher House and the Department of Employment have gathered data from over 50,000 unemployed Australians that assesses their “readiness to change”. Uncovering whether they really desire or believe that they can obtain employment has revealed some remarkable traits that are challenging conventional wisdom.

The Assessment enables providers to more accurately target interventions to significantly improve Outcomes.

We consider these findings, as well as large-scale research on whether interventions to improve clients’ Resilience and Wellbeing increases their likelihood of obtaining sustainable employment. We also make comparisons between welfare systems in the UK and Europe and the proposed Australian JSA model.

About Darren Coppin

Having built and sold a UK employment services provider to the $280m turnover Anglia Ruskin University, Darren is undertaking a PhD in behaviour change – specifically focused upon interventions to improve employment outcomes. He is CEO of Esher House Pty Ltd, with operations in Australia and Europe to implement academically-validated behavioural and psychological interventions. Benefitting from direct input from some of the world’s most esteemed scientists and experts in their field, Darren’s mission is inform policy with sound scientific fact – which often debunks conventional wisdom, but vindicates common sense.

Australian Long Term Unemployment Conference will be held on 18-19 August 2014, QT Hotel Surfers Paradise. The 2 day conference will feature keynote presentations, 4 streams and workshops on long term unemployment issues.

This conference will address the causes and programs needed to provide opportunities for at risk groups: Disability, Mature Age, Youth, Indigenous and Regional Unemployed.  It will focus on “Building Capability” to create employment in the future with over 50 presentations on research, policy, programs and case studies.

For more information about the conference please visit the website www.longtermunemployment.org.au or call the conference secretariat on 61 7) 5502 2068. Reminder! Please note the Early Bird ends on the 7th July 2014. Register online www.longtermunemployment.org.au

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