Long term unemployed back to work through government scheme

First published in Jobs News by , Court reporter

NEARLY 400 long-term unemployed residents in York have got back to work through the Government’s flagship scheme for cutting the jobless figures.

G4S revealed that it has placed 3,200 people in jobs in North and East Yorkshire and Humberside since the Work Programme began in June 2011.

Of them, 298 were from York, more than 1,300 were aged between 18 and 24 and 78 per cent of them have stayed in the jobs where they were placed.

In the same period, from June 2011 to July 2012, the Government sent G4S 13,200 people to help to them find jobs.

Gary Kernaghan, area contract director for G4S, said: “Although the Work Programme has only been running for just over a year, it is already transforming the lives of thousands of disadvantaged people living in North and East Yorkshire and the Humber.

‘‘It is also supporting long-term unemployed people into employment more cost effectively than previous comparable programme.

“Our performance so far in helping jobseekers into work is encouraging but there is still a lot more work to be done.

‘‘The economic conditions remain challenging and it has taken some time to set up and start delivering the Work Programme.

‘‘Even so, our performance is improving all the time and we remain fully committed to delivering the best possible services to all the disadvantaged people that we support through the Work Programme across North and East Yorkshire and the Humber.”

G4S is one of several companies and organisers working on the scheme nationally.

Once enrolled on the scheme, people remain on it for two years, regardless of whether they get permanent employment, but do not receive benefits once they are earning.

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8:18am Wed 28 Nov 12

boroboy66 says...

What about the thousands in the region,that dont sign on and have to work thru agencies on and off because its too much red tape and hassle to sign on and off every couple of weeks are these counted in the unemployed?.
What about the thousands in the region,that dont sign on and have to work thru agencies on and off because its too much red tape and hassle to sign on and off every couple of weeks are these counted in the unemployed?. boroboy66
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9:14am Wed 28 Nov 12

big boy york says...

i was out of work for over a year; got sent to prospect training what a joke they taught you how to read & write properly. got myself a part-time job just to get away from there,slightly worse off than dole but at least i dont sign on any more
i was out of work for over a year; got sent to prospect training what a joke they taught you how to read & write properly. got myself a part-time job just to get away from there,slightly worse off than dole but at least i dont sign on any more big boy york
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10:49am Wed 28 Nov 12

inthesticks says...

To ensure a more balanced view it would have been better to have included in the story some accounts from people who have used this scheme rather than just interview the person who runs the scheme.
We have all read in national papers how this scheme has not delivered what it should and how some have made millions out of tax payers money.
A chance to probe a bit deeper has been missed and this could have been a much better article rather than letting G4S big themselves up.
To ensure a more balanced view it would have been better to have included in the story some accounts from people who have used this scheme rather than just interview the person who runs the scheme. We have all read in national papers how this scheme has not delivered what it should and how some have made millions out of tax payers money. A chance to probe a bit deeper has been missed and this could have been a much better article rather than letting G4S big themselves up. inthesticks
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12:08pm Wed 28 Nov 12

boroboy66 says...

Would like to know what rates G4S were paying these people?,its probably same as CYC with its marvelous apprenticeship scheme,lasts for 12mths,pay the youngsters slave wage of apx £2.65ph yes slave labour for doing jobs that full time employees are being made redundant for.The government loves these kind of schemes.
Would like to know what rates G4S were paying these people?,its probably same as CYC with its marvelous apprenticeship scheme,lasts for 12mths,pay the youngsters slave wage of apx £2.65ph yes slave labour for doing jobs that full time employees are being made redundant for.The government loves these kind of schemes. boroboy66
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3:49pm Wed 28 Nov 12

LoveMyPuppy says...

boroboy66 wrote:
Would like to know what rates G4S were paying these people?,its probably same as CYC with its marvelous apprenticeship scheme,lasts for 12mths,pay the youngsters slave wage of apx £2.65ph yes slave labour for doing jobs that full time employees are being made redundant for.The government loves these kind of schemes.
I completely agree. I left college for an apprenticeship and worked 40-50 hour weeks in an office earning £95 a week regardless of how long I did, on a bad week that was less than £2 an hour! While there were other people doing less than me getting paid 3 or 4 times what I was! Oh and to top it all off? At the end of my 12 months they raised my wage to £250 a week, kept me on for a month and..... BOOM redundancy! It is horrible what people will do for cheap labour
[quote][p][bold]boroboy66[/bold] wrote: Would like to know what rates G4S were paying these people?,its probably same as CYC with its marvelous apprenticeship scheme,lasts for 12mths,pay the youngsters slave wage of apx £2.65ph yes slave labour for doing jobs that full time employees are being made redundant for.The government loves these kind of schemes.[/p][/quote]I completely agree. I left college for an apprenticeship and worked 40-50 hour weeks in an office earning £95 a week regardless of how long I did, on a bad week that was less than £2 an hour! While there were other people doing less than me getting paid 3 or 4 times what I was! Oh and to top it all off? At the end of my 12 months they raised my wage to £250 a week, kept me on for a month and..... BOOM redundancy! It is horrible what people will do for cheap labour LoveMyPuppy
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5:25pm Wed 28 Nov 12

York1900 says...

It is just another nice way for companies to get around minimum wage and the government to claim unemployment as gone down as people moved on to this scheme are move off the unemployed register while on the scheme
It is just another nice way for companies to get around minimum wage and the government to claim unemployment as gone down as people moved on to this scheme are move off the unemployed register while on the scheme York1900
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5:36pm Wed 28 Nov 12

York1900 says...

I did one in the 80s but my employer paid the full rate of pay for the job and I was allowed to to get the government pay out every week on top under the rules at the time
I did one in the 80s but my employer paid the full rate of pay for the job and I was allowed to to get the government pay out every week on top under the rules at the time York1900
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2:27am Sat 1 Dec 12

Magicman! says...

When you're on the work programme and forced into work for a 13 week placement, this is unpaid. You still sign on for the dole and get the kingly sum of £15 a week extra to buy lunch and pay bus fares, but otherwise it is still dole money to work 30 hours a week... which when you work it out is much more Community Service than car thieves get.

I wonder if these figures for those back in work have bundled in those who actually found jobs themselves without any help from the 'provider' (G4S... which previously was a mix of inTraining, A4e (shudders), and one other company that I've forgotten the name of)... Because David Cameron believes that companies like STarbucks deserve more money than those who are out of work through no fault of their own, and so the rules for getting Jobseekers have become so tight it is a complete joke. As an example, all jobseekers MUST be able to travel up to 90 MINUTES each way to and from work, and therefore must be looking for work in the catchment areas this includes - so for a lot of jobseekers in York this would include looking for work in Newcastle. This is not a variable, you must be able and willing to travel that length of time - so that's another 3 hours on a workday which could have an 8am start and a 6pm finish.

And if my experience over the summer is anything to go by, getting a temporary job isn't enough to qualify for getting your jobseekers money over the 2 week period where you had the interview and had contact from the employer stating you got the job.
When you're on the work programme and forced into work for a 13 week placement, this is unpaid. You still sign on for the dole and get the kingly sum of £15 a week extra to buy lunch and pay bus fares, but otherwise it is still dole money to work 30 hours a week... which when you work it out is much more Community Service than car thieves get. I wonder if these figures for those back in work have bundled in those who actually found jobs themselves without any help from the 'provider' (G4S... which previously was a mix of inTraining, A4e (shudders), and one other company that I've forgotten the name of)... Because David Cameron believes that companies like STarbucks deserve more money than those who are out of work through no fault of their own, and so the rules for getting Jobseekers have become so tight it is a complete joke. As an example, all jobseekers MUST be able to travel up to 90 MINUTES each way to and from work, and therefore must be looking for work in the catchment areas this includes - so for a lot of jobseekers in York this would include looking for work in Newcastle. This is not a variable, you must be able and willing to travel that length of time - so that's another 3 hours on a workday which could have an 8am start and a 6pm finish. And if my experience over the summer is anything to go by, getting a temporary job isn't enough to qualify for getting your jobseekers money over the 2 week period where you had the interview and had contact from the employer stating you got the job. Magicman!
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