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Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG) has won a new Government contract to help people who have recently lost their job or are facing redundancy.

The company which has helped more than 6500 people formerly-unemployed people into work since it was established in Teesside in 2004 has been awarded a new Job Centre Plus Support contract.

The contract which will run for an initial five years and starts in December this year will see PPDG expand its welfare-to-work operation into several new regions with the creation of four new centres.

PPDG will deliver across the Tees Valley, North East Yorkshire and Humberside, supporting referral clients from Job Centre Plus personal advisors - including people on Job Seekers Allowance, New Deal lone parents and partners, carers and rapid response service clients.

PPDG area operations director, David Ward, said: We are delighted with the new contract, it provides us with the opportunity to help more people and at an earlier stage of their
unemployment so we can make a real difference.

Continuing our excellent partnership with Jobcentre Plus in new areas of the North is also something we are looking forward to - offering a first class support service to the customers we are both here to support.

This contract also enables us to expand into regions weve never worked in. During the last six years working in Teesside we have become a pivotal community organisation - something we would like to replicate in North East Yorkshire and Humberside.

The programme will run in two modules standard and specialist depending on the needs of the individual. The standard module is aimed primarily at Job Seeker Allowance clients but is open to everyone on the contract who has moderate support needs.

This will build clients confidence and support them to find realistic and suitable vacancies, complete application forms effectively and prepare for interviews.

The specialist module is aimed primarily at New Deal lone parents and partners, and carer with more substantial support needs to find employment.

This will involve preparation, direction and support through short certificated courses and NVQs in order to find employment.


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