Firms help 20,000 jobseekers a month find work
employment: Firms delivering the Govern- ment's flagship programme for helping the long-term unemployed find work said 20,000 jobseekers were now being helped every month.
More than 200,000 jobseekers have found employment through the Work Programme, under which organi- sations are paid to help the unemployed into a job, since it was launched in June last year, figures showed.
The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), the trade body for the welfare to work industry, said criticism of the scheme was unfair, predicting that an increasing number of people will be helped into a sustained job.
The Government will today publish data showing how many people have remained in a job for six months after being helped off long-term unemploy- ment.
The Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion predicted the figures will show performance targets will be missed as a result of the poor state of the economy.
The ERSA said the programme was proving better value for money to the taxpayer than any comparable welfare to work scheme in the past 20 years.
Kirsty McHugh, chief executive of the ERSA, said: "Although it is still relatively early days for the Work Programme, these figures show it is making a real difference to people's lives."