About us

Welcome to the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA).

Who we are

The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) is the membership body for the employment support sector.  Established in 2005, we work with our members to ensure the employment support sector delivers the best services for jobseekers and learners.   

ERSA's membership deliver, or have an interest in the delivery, of the whole spectrum of employment related services. The scope of their collective reach includes employment support, training, skills provision, self-employment, offender related services, youth employment services, welfare reform and disability-related issues, as well as the design and delivery of employment programmes, however they are funded or commissioned.

Our membership spans the private, voluntary and public sectors and it is this diversity that gives us the authority to speak.  ERSA’s members range from corporates through to small specialist charities operating in their local communities and include housing associations and local authorities. 

What we do

ERSA's objectives are simple. They are to:

  • Drive understanding of employment support as a ‘national good’, essential for current and future jobseekers, employers and the health of the economy and communities. 
  • Work with commissioners and funders at all levels to invest in and design the best possible services against an ever changing backdrop.
  • Influence the wider policy environment to ensure that it supports people in their journey to enter and progress in work
  • Support and challenge the sector and so increase skills, knowledge and effectiveness.

As part of this, ERSA undertakes research into good practice, provides evidence for policy changes that will help both the sector and jobseekers and supports a range of initiatives aimed at driving up standards of delivery. 

Where we operate

ERSA is a UK-wide organisation.  In addition to being strong in Westminster, ERSA operates strong networks in Scotland, Greater Manchester, West Midlands, London and wherever members are in the UK. Since March 2020, all ERSA forums, networks and events have moved online. 

ERSA services

ERSA provides a wide range of services for members, including regular information bulletins, contract opportunities and a wide range of specialist forums and events. You can find out more about ERSA membership here

ERSA online

ERSA's answer to the COVID-19 lockdown, the ERSA face to face forum, network, conferences and roundtables have taken place online since April 2020 and will continue until we can meet in person again. In 2020, ERSA held 86 online events to support its membership and opening up many of these to support the wider employability community. You can view some of the events on ERSA's You Tube Channel.

Current campaigns and activities:

The ERSA UKSPF Working Group
Please email [email protected] if you would like to join this group detailing your interest and other information that might be helpful. 

DWP's Commercial Agreement for Employment and Health Related Services (CAEHRS)

Restart Programme

Youth Employment

The ERSA Employability Awards  - The awards open later this year in June
The industry awards aim to shine a light on the stars of the employability sector. Read more

The Employability Day is a UK wide campaign to champion and promote the organisations involved in good employment support.

ERSA is Building Partnerships 

Join ERSA today