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As the countryside economy faces ongoing chaos amid the economic crisis, Renovo Employment Group has announced a new service that aims to provide much needed employment support to people in rural communities. 

Currently, the majority of rural local authority districts in England fall below the national average employment rate.  Traditional jobs in rural areas such as farming forestry and hospitality are now being undermined and the more prevalent self employed or seasonal workers are facing worklessness.  More than one third of adult rural residents have no qualifications as they have not needed to excel academically but now they are forced to compete with intimidating prospects.  

Employment service providers also face challenges in supporting rural communities at such a critical time. Travel and dispersed customer locations makes it hard to engage face to face support and outlets for support are often operated as a reduced service.   

The new Rural Employment Assistance Programme (REAP) by Renovo has been tailored specifically to address the barriers that prevent adequate employment services in rural areas. 

Essentially REAP allows providers to deliver a much more cost effective yet comprehensive, distance based support package to thousands of jobseekers in rural areas. It incorporates measures to alleviate new time and financial pressures imposed by the new Work Programme whilst ensuring that providers still achieve their objectives in maximising outcomes and delivering sustainable employment. 

David Twiddle, Chief Executive at Renovo and leading authority on employment matters comments, “We have invested a significant amount of time and funds in developing revolutionary technology and combined consultation skills to deliver a service where providers can effectively outsource the entire process, saving time and money.  It means that people in rural communities who find it difficult to attend employment training can still benefit from a dedicated, 24 hour resource and increase their chances of new employment. Our delivery model can support employability and job search programmes, in work support and learner support.”

Renovo’s REAP includes a dedicated one to one guidance package where each customer has their own Work Coach available by telephone, email and text for the duration of the programme.  Each customer is also provided with access to “Workfriend”, a new interactive online portal containing factsheets, videos and e-learning across a host of topics relating to support at work, skills and progression. Workfriend is also available as a phone app, allowing those without ready access to computers to benefit from the resources.

The programme offers a 24/7 service supporting job search, career advancement and skills/knowledge building.  It gives critical emotional support with access to counselling, financial and legal advice as well as acting as a crisis intervention service.

Renovo is supporting a number of Work Programme providers across the UK and has previously achieved outstanding results through its bespoke programmes working with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and Jobcentre Plus where it has helped over 20,000 jobseekers back on the road to work over the last two years.


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