August 2017 New Employment Programmes to be Tested


£35 million has been committed by Department of Works & Pensions (DWP) and Department of Communities & Local Government to pilot new approaches to employment support for people who face long-term barriers to work and in-work progression

New employment support schemes are to be piloted in six English regions, which will be developed and delivered in partnership with the government by six combined authorities. The proposed schemes are expected to help more than 18,000 people, including older and disabled people. The new pilots include:


An early intervention scheme in Sheffield to help prevent people from facing long-term unemployment


Testing a new approach in Liverpool which focuses efforts on households where two or more adults are out of work and


Setting up a new system in the West of England which supports individuals in low paid jobs to achieve in work progression through tailored interventions


Other areas to benefit from this programme are the Tees Valley, West Midlands, and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough combined authorities.

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