New ‘Better Working Futures’ partnership programme to help people get back into work

Release Date: 11 January 2018

A UK leading recruitment and training company has been commissioned to deliver a £14 million work and health programme, helping unemployed residents in Richmond, Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton, get back into work.

The funding for the programme has been devolved to the boroughs from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and match funded by the European Social Fund. Led by Croydon Council, the scheme has now been developed. Leader recruitment and training company, Reed in Partnership, has been commissioned to deliver localised versions in each area.

The new programme ‘Better Working Futures’, will concentrate on helping people with disabilities or health conditions, the long term unemployed and other local priority groups into jobs.

Reed in Partnership will begin delivering the programme in March 2018 and it will run until 2023. One-to-one advice and support from a case worker will be offered to residents to address the often complex barriers to employment.

The support will be integrated with existing local services offered by the councils and other local partners, which will ensure local expertise is drawn upon when helping with additional matters such as basic skills, training, health, housing and English for speakers of other languages.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet Member for Environment, Business and Community said:

“Helping people get back into work is very important. Reed in Partnership will deliver an important service to the 5,012 people living across the five boroughs, who are either long term unemployed, have health problems or disabilities or face other kinds of barriers to employment.

“This is an important step in the roll out of our Work and Health Programme in 2018. We remain committed to providing high quality employment services to people across Richmond.”

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Reference: P020/18

Updated: 19 January 2018