Official statistics have confirmed PeoplePlus as one of the top performing providers of the Government’s Work Programme, helping nearly 115,000 people who had been long-term unemployed to find sustained employment.

They include more than 27,000 young people aged 18-24 on Jobseekers Allowance who have achieved a job outcome – that is, held down a job for at least six months – since the launch of the scheme in June 2011 to the end September 2015.

More than 7,500 people who were claiming Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) in the regions in which we deliver the scheme on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions have also stayed in work for three months or more after finding a job.

Our employment advisers continue to integrate employability services with specialist support to help ESA claimants struggling with health issues, who account for nearly 18% of all referrals.

Official performance statistics on the Work Programme, published today (17 December 2015) by the Department for Work and Pensions, also showed that in the three months from June-September alone, 5,290 of our customers achieved a job outcome.

A measure of the success of the programme is that 98.6% of people who have achieved a job outcome have remained in work for least a further month, reflecting our focus to find the right job, first time for our customers.

Now in its fifth year, the Work Programme, the government’s largest back to work scheme and caters for the most disadvantaged jobseekers in the labour market, has seen a total of 482,000 people on the programme spend at least six months in work (or three for the harder to help).

Results against the Department’s transparency measure have continuously improved since the start of the programme.

The success of the programme has also contributed to record employment figures of 73.9%, with the ONS reporting earlier this week that UK unemployment returned to pre-crisis rates in the quarter to October and that unemployment and youth unemployment rates had fallen to nine year lows.

The data showed there are now a record 31.3m people in work over the period, a rise of 207,000 on the previous quarter. Total hours worked per week also topped one billion for the first time.

Jobseekers were further buoyed by statistics released on Wednesday (16 Dec) which showed that the New Enterprise Allowance has helped 76,960 people who worked with a business mentor under the scheme to set up their own business. Check our out latest news to read some of their stories.

Earlier this week, ERSA has released figures showing that over three quarters of a million people have now started at least one job while on the Work Programme.

Through the merger of A4e, Avanta and EOS, we are one of the largest providers of the Work Programme in the UK, operating as a prime contractor in nine regions. We deliver the scheme as a prime provider in the East Midlands, East London, North East, Merseyside, Halton, Cumbria and Lancashire, North West and Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Warrington, the Thames Valley, Hampshire and Isle of Wight, Surrey, Sussex and Kent, Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country and South Yorkshire.