The UK’s employment support system is characterised by three core flaws.
  • It is failing to meet the needs of our current or future economy.
  • Extrinsic motivation is crowding out personal ambitions.
  • Provision is too narrow and focussed on the short term.

This paper outlines a proposal for transformative long term change, to develop a new public employment service, which should be underpinned by strategic alignment between the UK’s industrial strategy and employment support services, and action to bring more decision-making about jobcentres and wider employment support services closer to local communities.