House of Commons - Welsh Affairs Committee: The Work Programme in Wales - HC 264

House of Commons - Welsh Affairs Committee: The Work Programme in Wales - HC 264

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The Work Programme is the latest government-contracted employment programme, which aims to support long-term jobseekers into work and off unemployment benefits. Launched in June 2011, the Work Programme replaced a number of previous welfare-to-work programmes and consolidates employment support for a very wide range of jobseekers into a single mainstream programme. Providers, who are predominantly commercial companies, provide support to participants, and receive payments for finding participants sustained employment. In Wales one in nine people who joined the Work Programme in its first two years found sustained employment (defined as 13 or 26 weeks). This is the lowest rate in Great Britain, though not much lower than the average. The Committee's conclusions include: Working Links Wales and Rehab Jobfit-the two providers operating in Wales-must ensure that both they and their subcontractors have specific measures in place to support lone parents; and that Work Programme participants in Wales-unlike those in England-cannot access European Social Fund training and skills courses which is hampering the performance of the Work Programme in Wales and ultimately the opportunities available to the long-term unemployed. Similarly, DWP must enable participants to exit the Work Programme if required in order to access Jobs Growth Wales. The key issue here seems to be that there is a lack of flexibility in and between the various programmes set up to get people into work, and that this lack of flexibility appears to be more marked in WalesYou would be perfectly happy for somebody on the Work Programme to access training via Jobs Growth Wales, the Welsh schemea€”perfectly happy on your part. There is no issue for the British Government in that and there is no Europeananbsp;...

Title:House of Commons - Welsh Affairs Committee: The Work Programme in Wales - HC 264
Author:Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Welsh Affairs Committee
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2013-11-04


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