Employment experts are celebrating reaching a major milestone after helping 3,000 unemployed single parents transform their lives by securing a job.
In total, more than 26,000 unemployed people in Liverpool, Birmingham and Teesside have found new jobs thanks to support from Pertemps People Development Group under the Government-funded Employment Zone initiative.
Three thousand of those are lone parents who are often among the most difficult people to provide help for due to issues around suitable working hours and flexible childcare arrangements.
PPDG began delivering Employment Zone nine years ago. In that time, 26,170 clients have been helped into employment, with 21,057 retaining their jobs for three months or more a retention rate of around 80%.
The PPDG teams began working with lone parents five years ago. During the last five years 3,000 lone parents have found employment thanks to support through the initiative and 2,501 – more than 83% – have retained their jobs for three months or more.
In Liverpool, where PPDG operates from two centres at Norris Green Library and the Coopers Building in the city centre, PPDG operations director Ken Blyth welcomed the milestone announcement.
To have helped 3,000 lone parents transform their lives by getting into work is a magnificent achievement and one of which we are all rightfully proud. The feedback we receive from our lone parent customers is excellent and they tell us that the help we have provided has impacted positively on their lives, allowing them to make new friends and achieve more than they thought they ever could.
Over 83% of those who have found a job with our help have stayed in work beyond three months because we helped to find the right type job for them, in the right place with the right days and hours for them, he said.
Among those in Liverpool to clinch a new job recently is Lizzie Ryan who had never worked after caring for children and her seriously ill best friend for more than 35 years. After being introduced to PPDG she found that she wanted to concentrate on caring skills. She was later recruited by Care UK following training with the EDUK8 organisation.
The Employment Zone programme in Liverpool continues to offer lone parents, interested in finding out about employment, guidance on whether they would be financially better off in work and how PPDG could help to find the right job for them. The programme is voluntary, doesnt affect Benefits and job seekers are encouraged to come along and talk to an employment coach.
PPDG provides one-to-one support through a dedicated employment coach. It also provides access to free training, including confidence building, applying for jobs and even help with reading and writing. All of these are offered on a voluntary basis with customer choosing which aspects they want to engage with. Once work is secured, a full after care service is provided including continual access to help and advice from their coach.
The team is continuing to forge links with voluntary sector organisations and community groups, as well as targeting schools and play groups.
With six months of the Employment Zone initiative left to run in Liverpool, lone parent team leader Jane Marten said: During the coming months the outreach team will be working closely in partnership with Jobcentre Plus and children’s centres to continue to sell the benefits of the programme, attending both on a weekly basis and providing vital support for local families.
Working in partnership with Jobcentre Plus and other organisations PPDG delivers employment and training initiatives including Employment Zone, Flexible New Deal and Lone Parent mentoring, and Learndirect training programmes, helping disadvantaged job seekers in Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry, West Bromwich, The Marches, Liverpool and Teesside access the workplace or self-employment.
More than 100,000 job seekers have been helped into sustained employment by PPDG since the projects began. It has trained 130,000 people in vocational skills, and more than 175,000 people have benefitted from professional information, advice and guidance services.
Note to editors:
Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG), based in Edgbaston, Birmingham, employs more than 650 staff and delivers a range of Government Welfare to Work initiatives and training projects helping disadvantaged job seekers across the UK access the workplace or self-employment. Around 80,000 job seekers have been helped into sustained employment by the company since it was formed in 1998. It has offices throughout Birmingham and in Solihull, West Bromwich, Coventry, Teesside, Liverpool, The Marches, and London.
In 2008 PPDG was acquired by Australia-based employment and people development experts Employment Services Holdings (ESH), creating an organisation with a combined workforce of over 1,400 staff operating from 138 sites across the UK and Australia. This is a key step in a strategy which will see the group become a leading global employment services and training provider.
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