Moving Forward accelerates towards success
Moving Forward, a large DWP contract delivered by Prospects in South London, is already achieving a success rate of almost 20 per cent and has met its job targets each month. Since December 2012, 323 customers have started the programme and 60 have found work.
The twelve month project aims to support 1,000 jobseekers within the first thirteen weeks of claiming Jobseekers Allowance, or lone parents likely to be affected by recent changes to benefits. Customers are referred by Jobcentre Plus in nine boroughs and supported by Prospects staff from offices in Lewisham, Lambeth, Plumstead, Southwark and Croydon.
Customers are aided back to work through a thirteen week programme of tailored support, which addresses individual barriers to employment. Support includes confidence building, interview techniques and advice on writing a CV. Help with job search is offered including employer walks which give customers and local employers the opportunity to meet. Targeted workshops, such as 'Mamas and Papas' in Lewisham and 'Young Dudes' in Plumstead, provide forums for customers to come together informally to discuss their issues, support each other and help increase their engagement in looking for work.
Jonathan Starling-Cross, Prospects Deputy Operations Director for London Work Programme and Moving Forward, said, "I am thrilled with the results the Moving London team have achieved so far. Their innovative ideas have helped engage customers and employers alike. This contract is making a real difference to hundreds of job seekers across South London and preventing them from falling into the trap of becoming long-term unemployed. We face challenges in sustaining and improving performance but I am confident the team will retain their enthusiasm and support more customers into employment."