PeoplePlus continues to maintain its position as one of the top providers of the Government’s Work Programme in the UK, according to official figures released 23 June.
Since the launch of the scheme in 2011, nearly 190,000* people referred to us have found work with our support. This figure, and those below, are taken from our own records showing the number of our customers who have found at least one job.
We’ve achieved this by integrating a wide range of services – including employability and skills training, enterprise support and money advice – to help long-term unemployed jobseekers to find and stay in work and reducing unemployment in our local communities.
While referrals to the Work Programme have decreased each month, partly because of rising employment figures, later intakes contain a higher proportion of individuals expected to require more support and assistance.
In the regions where we deliver the Work Programme, nearly 12,000 jobseekers on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) have now gained work, building skills and increasing their chances of staying in employment. Many of these jobseekers have complex barriers to work and will never have received intensive support before. Although this remains lower than for those on Jobseekers Allowance, this figure continues to rise. Government data shows performance targets are being met.
The scheme has been particularly successful in helping young jobseekers go into work, with more than 45,500 jobseekers on Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) aged 18-24 on our programmes finding at least one job. Sustainment levels for younger jobseekers tend to be slightly lower than for older jobseekers, but the majority of these do turn into sustainable jobs.
Providers are paid when an individual reaches six months in work (or three months for those expected to require more assistance) and also for further work beyond this. Validation procedures ensure that only valid outcomes are paid for. Figures showing the numbers of jobseekers referred to the programme to end March 2016 are classed as official data and are released by the government today ( 23rd June 2016), along with the sustainment figures – recording the number of people who have remained in work for more than six months (or three for those on ESA).
According to the Employment Related Services Association, nationally, all providers of the Work Programme have helped 786,000 individual jobseekers enter employment via the scheme from its inception in June 2011 to end March 2016.
- The figures in this document represent the number of ‘job starts’ - the number of people who have found at least one job through the scheme with PeoplePlus - and are taken from our own records. The latest Work Programme statistical release on referrals, attachments, job outcomes and sustainments to March 2016 have been published by the Department for Work and Pensions on the DWP website.
- If you are a jobseeker or an employer, find out how PeoplePlus can help you on our website www.peopleplus.co.uk.