Work Programme breaks barriers for over three quarters of a million
Today, ERSA has released figures which show that over three quarters of a million people have now started work with support from its Work Programme.
In total, 753,000 individual jobseekers have now entered employment via the Work Programme from its start in June 2011 to end September 2015. This includes over 183,000 young people and 45,253 jobseekers on Employment and Support Allowance.
The ERSA Job Start statistics provide the most up to date snapshot of Work Programme performance available in the public domain. They are designed to be read alongside official government figures which show the number of jobseekers who have achieved sustained employment, usually meaning they have spent at least six months in a job. The Government will release the next official statistics on Work Programme performance on Thursday 17 December.
Andre Ferguson from Meaka Bears is one of that number who were supported into work. When Ferguson’s daughter Azara lost her hearing at the age of one, he naturally wanted the best for her but he was shocked by the lack of support available to parents of deaf children.
With support from the Work Programme and provider PeoplePlus, Ferguson launched Meaka Bears, an independent community-based charity which hosts group activities for deaf children, and provides vital advocacy services for their parents.
Ferguson said, “Thanks to Jacqueline and the help I found on the Work Programme, I have moved closer to creating the kind of company that is needed for deaf children and their families in south London.”
Kirsty McHugh, ERSA chief executive, said, “The Work Programme has helped over three quarters of a million people into work. This is a phenomenal achievement and is testament to the hard work and dedication of jobseekers, employers and providers.
“Andre is just one of those 753,000 people, but his experience shows the positive impact that the Work Programme can have in real life terms both with individuals, families and their communities. It is this type of intervention from the employment support sector which is making such a huge difference across the UK.”