ERSA Forums, Seminars and Events

ERSA members have access to conferences, forums, events and seminars which allow them to exchange information, share best practice and create recommendations and action for positive change.

Disability and Health Forum The Disability and Health Forum leads the development of ERSA policy in relation to all aspects of disability employment, including supporting the government in relation to strategy development, feeding into programme design and ensuring the sector has a voice at all levels.
Supply Chain Forum The Supply Chain Forum is open to all members, but is specifically geared to providing a voice to subcontractors of major programmes. The Forum provides a space to exchange information on issues and good practice and also works to provide solutions to problems affecting the sector.
Offender Related Services Forum The Offender Related Services Forum is open to all members interested in the design and delivery of employability and skills support for those in prison, leaving prison or who have an offending background. The forum considers issues such as prison education, the design and delivery of programmes and works to integrate policy and service delivery across government departments, agencies and other levels of government.
Human Resources Forum The HR Forum provides the space for sector HR professionals to collaborate on issues related to staff recruitment and management in the widest sense. It co-ordinates the annual sector salary benefits survey and the sector’s handling of TUPE between contracts.
Youth Employment Forum The Youth Employment Forum looks at issues related to young people, including employability support in school and careers advice, school to work transitions and NEET employment policy and practice.
Housing and Employment Forum The Housing and Employment Forum is jointly run by Give Us A Chance (GUAC) and ERSA. It provides a unique platform for the membership of both organisations to come together and examine ways of joint working, issues of shared interest such as welfare reform, as well as influencing the future commissioning landscape to facilitate this collaboration.
Communications and Political Insights Network Formerly the Media and Public Affairs Network, the Communications and Political Insights Network is a dynamic group that meets quarterly and communicates through email. The group supports each other’s campaigning activities as well as developing and driving ERSA’s media and public affairs agenda.
Policy & Research virtual network ERSA runs a virtual network for policy and research professionals. This group shares knowledge and best practice and collaborates on sector-wide issues, such as relevant policy consultation responses through email.
Employment Support GM The Employment Support GM network was set up to enable employment support providers and the local authorities that make up Greater Manchester to work together to shape the future of employment related services. Organised in partnership with GM Combined Authority, the network provides a focus for GM wide conversations on issues such as the integration of employment, skills and health.
Employment Support Scotland ERSA’s network Employment Support Scotland provides a space for all providers in Scotland, regardless of sector, to come together to help shape future employment provision and to ensure providers have a voice. Visit for the latest news and updates.
Employment Support London Employment Support London network focuses on London specific issues, programmes and commissioning. The network aims to ensure that there is a provider voice in the design and delivery of programmes and that providers are able to learn from each other.
Other events ERSA runs numerous conferences, events and seminars throughout the year, including:

  • The ERSA national conference, regularly attracting over 300 attendees.
  • The ERSA AGM, which in recent years has previously heard from Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform;Mark Easton, BBC Home Affairs Editor; Fraser Nelson, Editor of The Spectator and John Hawksworth, ChiefEconomist at PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • The ERSA Employability Awards, attended by the Employment Minister, celebrating the very best in the sector.
  • Political events at party conferences and in Westminster and Holyrood.
  • Numerous ad-hoc working groups and events happen throughout the year, working with government and sector experts to develop policy and build best practice.
‘Get to Grips with’ ERSA offers members discounted access to training designed for providers of employment related services on a wide range of topics, such as understanding Universal Credit, accessing social finance, IAPT services and using social media in employment programmes.