Community Work Placements.
Boycott Workfare announces,
Community Work Placements are the workfare part of the ‘Help to Work’ scheme. This was announced by George Osborne in September, and will begin in April next year. The other parts are daily attendance at job centres (for 35 hours per week) and compulsory training.
This means that once again we’re seeing ads for workfare subcontractors that target the Community & Voluntary Sector. While some charities (e.g. YMCA, Salvation Army, The Conservation Volunteers &Groundwork) are dedicated workfare exploiters, many others say they do not support workfare, but still end up helping to deliver it. The supply chain is so (deliberately) complex, it can disguise what’s going on.
The government’s Information Pack for Delivery Partners contains these details,
From April 2014, Community Work Placements will be one of the three intensive options available through Help to Work support for Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants (JSA) returning from the Work
Programme. This will be available alongside the Mandatory Intervention Regime, an intensive offer of adviser support currently operating in Jobcentre Plus, and daily signing.
Six months on a work placement will provide the opportunity for claimants to develop their vocational and employability skills, to add significant experience to their CV, and to demonstrate their capabilities
to employers. The associated jobsearch will help them use these skills and experience to secure paid employment as soon as possible.
We have evidence that the placements will help claimants: evaluation of a trailblazer run in 2012 found that taking part in Community Work Placements had a positive impact on jobseekers’ confidence and workrelated ambition, and led to them spending fewer days on benefit than a control group.
The evaluation also found that job satisfaction and the work routine of placements resulted in increased motivation to work, even among participants initially opposed to the idea of a work placement.
These are the criminal exploiters who are eligible to bid for forced labour in the East of England, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire; Cambridge, and Suffolk; Essex; Norfolk.
Atos IT Services UK Ltd
Avanta Enterprise Ltd
Ingeus Deloitte Ltd
Learndirect Ltd (formerly JHP Group Ltd)
Maximus Employment and Training Ltd
Reed in Partnership Ltd
Seetec Business Technology Centre
The Corporation of Newcastle College