All of which implies two key things: first that our focus needs to be at least as much on ‘opportunity making’ as ‘opportunity winning’ and this requires a different mindset, processes, structures etc Second that we need to be looking less at how we can win additional focused Welfare to Work pots of money, more about how we can design proposals that hit multiple policy buttons for Government and give cashable savings, with us having to take at least some of the risk (ie principle of ESF Families)
Work Programme expected flows: Scotland – 107,000 Wales – 66,000 South West – 36,000
Boosting progression in the
UK labour market
About Working Links
Established in 2000 to support unemployed and
disadvantaged individuals into lasting employment.
•Unique mix of government, private and voluntary
•To date, we’ve worked with over 15,000 employers
helped more than 250,000 people back into work.
The policy challenge
The lower end of our labour market isn’t working as well as it should for:
•Individuals. Low social mobility, in-work poverty, low pay-no pay cycle
•Employers. Low productivity, recruitment & training costs
•Exchequer. Costs of in-work poverty, costs of ‘churn’
The current policy response doesn’t meet this challenge:
•It’s no-ones job to help people progress from low pay
•Support that might help is relatively limited and fragmented
•The evidence base is limited too
But this is starting to change:
•We called for employment & progression programmes
•Both parties thinking about payment by wage outcomes
•Some forthcoming City Deal initiatives
Some delivery challenges
1) Customer engagement. Once a customer has found
work, it is often a challenge to keep them engaged – can
an enhanced offer change this?
2) Employer engagement. What is the sell to employers?
3) What works. This is a new area of policy – how can we
take a ‘test, learn, adapt’ approach?
Watch this space…
We’re developing further policy & delivery thinking and will be sharing this
A number of cities are developing plans to commission progression
services, including Plymouth – this gives a great chance to test
We have argued that the successor to Work Programme should be paid in
part on wage outcomes, and that this should apply to skills programmes
Progression is now the next frontier of social security support