MP praises South West Work Programme
Last week, George Eustice, MP for Camborne and Redruth, praised the work being carried out by Prospects in the South West in the Government's flagship Work Programme. Designed to help the long term unemployed into work, the programme aims to give people the confidence to find work and escape poverty.
In an article written exclusively for Cornish newspaper West Briton, Mr Eustice spoke candidly about his findings from a recent visit to Prospects offices in Redruth.
He noted that around 25 per cent of the people who have gone on the Work Programme in Cornwall have already got back into work. He mentioned how vital this is in his constituency. Mr Eustice praised work experience as in many cases it served as a stepping stone into paid work for Work Programme participants.
The Conservative MP also pointed out that barriers to work are often more complex than people realise. He mentioned how organisations like Prospects, especially as they are operating within the Work Programme's "payment by results" structure, have an incentive to find ways to tackle the roots of individuals' problems, e.g. lack of skills and training, and motivate them to seek, gain and keep employment.