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Work Programme Excels
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Despite the recent negative press surrounding the Work Programme, Pembrokeshire College is proving that the programme can be an effective tool for helping the long-term unemployed back into work.
Already operating way ahead of target, the success of the College’s Work Programme team has caught the attention of local Conservative MP Stephen Crabb. Exceeding the Government’s target at the census point in July and doubling it now, Mr Crabb visited the College’s Work Programme offices last week to meet both staff and customers and to find out more about the resources on offer to those seeking work.
Following his visit Mr Crabb commented: “I am very impressed with how Pembrokeshire College is delivering its Work Programme contract. The results that we are seeing at the College demonstrate that one of the keys to tackling long-term unemployment is ensuring that people out of work get the proper individual support they need. This approach builds on the excellent work of our local Jobcentre Plus staff and is having a positive impact locally.
“We are starting to see a real shift in the unemployment situation, as the figures released this month have shown. Unemployment in Preseli Pembrokeshire is lower than this time last month and lower than this time last year.
“We cannot be complacent but through the efforts of Pembrokeshire College, Jobcentre Plus and the many local businesses who are creating the jobs, we have real grounds for optimism for the Pembrokeshire economy.”
The Work Programme is just part of the College’s Welfare to Work provision which is currently engaging with over 1,000 people across Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion.