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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

3 February 2012

 

 

ERSA releases early indicative performance figures for the Work Programme

 

The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), the trade association for the welfare to work industry, today provides the first indicative performance figures for the Work Programme.

 

Based on data from some of the largest prime contractors of the Work Programme, ERSA figures show that between 18% and 23% of customers who were referred to the Work Programme in June 2011 have already started employment, meaning that one in five customers have already found a job.

 

Welfare to work providers of the Work Programme have up to two years to help people to gain employment, which means that a figure of around 20% is broadly in line with provider expectations at this stage of the programme.   This compares favourably with the National Audit Office expectations of provider performance released last week, given that around one in five Work Programme customers referred to the programme in June had already found jobs after just six months.

 

ERSA chief executive, Kirsty McHugh, said:

 

‘We welcome these early indicative figures of Work Programme performance levels.  The welfare to work industry is working extremely hard to help all customers find sustainable work even in the context of challenging economic conditions.  Although it is far too early to draw firm conclusions on likely performance levels across the life of the contracts, these early figures show that the welfare to work industry is making a real difference to people’s lives.

 

Clearly, however, the economy is a cause for concern.  ERSA will therefore be tracking provider performance and working with the Department for Work and Pensions to ensure that the Work Programme continues to deliver benefit to all customers. ‘

 

Ends

Notes to Editors

 

ERSA is the trade association for the welfare to work industry. Established in 2005, by the industry for the industy, it exists to help members achieve their shared goal – to help people achieve sustainable work.  ERSA’s membership ranges from large multinational corporations to small specialist charities. It represents over 90 percent of those organisations that have been awarded prime contracts for the Work Programme, plus a larger number of subcontractors. Approximately half its members are third sector organisations.

Press enquiries should be directed to Kirsty McHugh at kirsty.mchugh@ersa.org.uk or 07932 792 435.

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