North Swindon MP and Former DWP Minister Justin Tomlinson has visited Seetec Pluss in Swindon to launch the new job support programme.
The DWPs ‘Work and Health – Pioneer’ programme to support over 4,000 people across the Southwest to move into sustained work.
Pioneer will provide personalised help to people facing complex barriers to work, including disabilities and health conditions, as part of the Government’s flagship Universal Support programme.
Pioneer takes a different approach to traditional employment support in that people can sign up themselves, without having to go through a referral from the job centre.
This is something that Justin had pushed for previously and was delighted to come together with local employers and recruiters to celebrate the new initiative.
Participants of the programme will quickly be introduced to suitable employers based on their preferences, strengths and any lessons learned from previous work experience, to ensure they find a job that is right for them.
They will then receive wraparound in-work support provided by a personal adviser as they start and sustain employment, which may include debt advice or help with networking or housing and will include frequent engagement with their employer.
Justin commented, “Today was a great opportunity to thank all of the different teams who are supporting people into work, and to set out the Government’s ambition to continue reaching record employment but also to make sure that those furthest away from work are given the best chance at finding something that suits them.” Jobseekers can sign up here: https://www.seetecpluss.co.uk/whp-pioneer/