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Thousands more find work through jobs scheme

More than three-quarters of a million people who were long-term unemployed have found a job through the government’s Work Programme.


More than three-quarters of a million people who were previously long-term unemployed have found a job through the government’s Work Programme, industry figures have shown.

New national statistics released today show that nearly half a million (482,000) secured lasting employment of 3 months or more.

Meanwhile the proportion of the latest participants achieving a job outcome within 12 months of joining the programme has more than doubled since it was launched in 2011.

Employment Minister Priti Patel, said:

Our welfare reforms have been about supporting people to move into work and achieve their aspirations.

Initiatives like the Work Programme have helped thousands of people gain new skills and then go on to get the security and dignity of a job.

These latest results from the Work Programme mean there are more people looking forward to a positive future where they can support themselves and their families.

The figures follow on from Labour Market Statistics out yesterday which show long-term unemployment is at a 10 year low.

It was announced as part of the recent Spending Review that the government will build on the success of the Work Programme and Work Choice to create a new Work and Health Programme, to support people with health conditions and disabilities and those who are long-term unemployed back into employment.

Priti Patel added:

As we look ahead in our drive to support all people in society, our emphasis is on helping those with disabilities and long-term health conditions who are able to work so they too can benefit from the rewards a career can bring.

More information

Work Programme

The 2-year Work Programme gives unemployed people, who have claimed benefits for up to a year, dedicated and tailored guidance.

It focuses on helping people to stay in work, rather than just getting a job which happened under previous schemes.

Read the official Work Programme statistics up to the end of September 2015.

Work and Health Programme

Further details of the Work and Health Programme will be unveiled in a white paper in the new year.

Labour Market Statistics

Read more about the latest Labour Market Statistics (December 2015).

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Published 18 December 2015