To encourage innovation across the labour market system; to create new jobs markets, to support self-employment and to develop new and more effective ways of linking individuals to work.
Why are we doing this?
Few issues have as acute a need for innovation. Whilst the economy is growing and unemployment levels are falling, there are still too many people out of work. Young people have found it particularly hard in the last recession to find meaningful work and people previously classed as economically inactive (including those with health problems and disabilities) now need to find work. Some are working fewer hours than they would like, whilst others are burdened with insecure employment. And yet as illustrated by the diagram below, the support currently available to help people find work is hugely complicated.
To date a set of policy approaches have focused on supporting individuals into work through job search and employability programmes, but these have not always been effective. We need better jobs, clearer systems to support people back to work and more opportunities for entrepreneurship.
What are we doing?
As the UK's innovation foundation, Nesta has already worked with jobs innovators such as Community Catalysts and Women Like Us, as well as supporting the delivery of the European Social Innovation Competition.
In November 2013 we launched a jobs theme within the Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund, which supports the growth of innovations that mobilise people's energy and talents to help each other, working alongside public services.
We're committed to expanding our work in this field through a practical programme of work and through building a network of leading pioneers and innovators. We're particularly excited about opportunities to work with the UK's cities, where there is currently great potential to test radical new approaches.
To get involved now you can visit our Living Map of Jobs Innovators to suggest new examples of jobs innovation, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In October 2012 we published Making It Work, making the case for systematic innovation in the jobs market and setting out our ideas to make this happen.