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Korean civil servants inspired by PPDG

Korean civil servants inspired by PPDG

Civil servants from Korea were special guests at a Birmingham employment services and training provider as they learned how welfare to work schemes are delivered in the UK.

Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG) invited the Korean visitors, who are spending two years at Birmingham University, to its state of the art Advancement Centre in Newtown.

The civil servants have been sent to the UK as part of the Korean government’s globalisation programme. The visit was an opportunity for them to see how employment schemes in the UK help long-term unemployed people get back into work.

PPDG has a longstanding relationship with Birmingham University and has been welcoming Korean visitors to the company for a number of years.

Professor John Doling, from the school of housing and applied social studies at Birmingham University, said the Korean guests had been inspired by the way PPDG operates.

He said: “Most countries of the world who deliver welfare to work schemes do it through the public sector and Korea is no exception to this. So coming to have a look at how PPDG operates is something quite unusual in global terms.  We have been visiting PPDG for a number of years now which reflects how interesting we find the whole experience and the great relationship we have with the company.”

Stuart Baxter, site manager at PPDG’s offices in Newtown, said: “We wanted to show our Korean visitors how we operate and the type of atmosphere we are trying to generate at PPDG for customers who use our welfare to work schemes. We wanted to show them how we develop the clients and get the employers involved so we can match them and get our clients back into sustainable employment.

“It was interesting to see the difference between the two cultures and how the  welfare to work schemes are carried out in Korea compared to here, but particularly how PPDG does things differently.”

Korean visitor Yeseung Sol said her visit to PPDG was inspirational and she would be taking the lessons learned back to her country. “It was a very interesting visit and I was impressed with PPDG.  The staff are very passionate in the work they do and work hard to inspire the clients and improve their lives. I am very interested in contracts, which is a new concept in Korea. Organisations in the third sector in Korea can learn a lot and be inspired by how PPDG operates.”

PPDG’s team of employment experts provide advice on benefits, confidence building, one-to-one support, CV and interview preparation as well as finding the right job or training course. In partnership with DWP, the Ministry of Justice and Jobcentre Plus, PPDG delivers a diverse range of employment and training initiatives including Flexible New Deal, Working Neighbourhoods Fund, Learndirect and many ESF funded programmes. More than 100,000 job seekers have been helped into sustained employment by the company since the projects began.  It has trained 130,000 people in vocational skills, and over 175,000 people have benefitted from professional information, advice and guidance services.

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