PeoplePlus has maintained its position as one of the top providers of the Government’s Work Programme in the UK, according to official figures released on the 17th March.

Since the launch of the scheme in 2011, more than 184,000 people referred to PeoplePlus have found jobs. This includes over 5,100 people who started work in the three months from October to December 2015.

PeoplePlus is one of the largest providers of the Work Programme, working with jobseekers and employers on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions to help people move towards and into work. We do this by integrating all our services, ensuring that our 2,100 job coaches, in-work support mentors, vacancy coordinators, employer relationship managers, enterprise advisors and skills tutors pull together to reduce unemployment.

While referrals to the Work Programme have slowed down, partly because of the rising employment figures, the scheme has been particularly successful in helping young jobseekers go into work, with nearly 45,500 jobseekers on Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) aged 18-24 on our programmes finding new jobs.

PeoplePlus has also responded to increased numbers of people being referred to the scheme who are expected to require more support and assistance. A little over a fifth of referrals to PeoplePlus in the three months leading up to December 2015 were from Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) groups compared to less than 5% in the first intakes to the scheme. However, our focus on helping people with disabilities and complex health issues overcome some of the barriers they face has seen nearly 11,400 people who were on ESA start a job.

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.

Nationally, all providers of the Work Programme have helped half a million people into sustained employment under the Work Programme since it began in 2011.

  • The latest Work Programme statistics, released by the Department for Work and Pensions show can be found here.
  • Click here to find out more about our support for jobseekers on the Work Programme.