Futureworks delivers the Work Programme in Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion on behalf of Rehab Jobfit, one of two prime contractors for the programme in Wales.
The Work Programme is a radical transformation in the way that the Department for Work and Pensions will deliver welfare-to-work services across the UK. It replaces several welfare-to-work programmes with a single comprehensive programme designed to deliver more consistent support for job seekers through a simplified and streamlined process.
The Coalition Government has set out a number of major welfare-to-work reforms that aim to fight poverty, support the most vulnerable and help people break the cycle of benefit dependency.
The Work Programme radically simplifies the back-to-work system; it will be an integrated package of support providing personalised help for a wide range of customers, many of whom have been out of work for a number of years.
Some of the key changes are:
• An emphasis on sustained employment - Futureworks will be paid according to our ability to help people into jobs and then support them to stay in work
• Longer periods of support - we will have two full years to support people, ensuring we can help those who are furthest from the labour market
The Work Programme will deliver provision for Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) customers and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) customers who are eligible for Work Programme support. This includes ex-Incapacity Benefit claimants who have been moved to ESA or JSA following a work capability assessment.
If you are a Work Programme Customer you can expect to:
If you are need to know more about the Work Programme and how it may affect you there is advice and guidance on www.direct.gov You can also ask at your local Jobcentre Plus office for more information.
For more information about Rehab Jobfit's approach to the Work Programme see rehabjobfit.com