City firm to help jobless

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SHEFFIELD-based job seekers’ support company A4E is among the companies appointed to run the Government’s new Work Programme – which aims to help around two and half million jobless and disabled people return to employment over the next five years.

The Work Programme is a major part of the Government’s welfare reforms.

It is the biggest single payment-by-results employment programme ever introduced and replaces much of the back-to-work support on offer with a programme that is built around the needs of individual jobseekers.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling said: “The Work Programme is revolutionary in the way it tailors support to jobseekers’ individual needs and pays organisations primarily for getting people into sustained employment.

“We want to establish a deal, where we will do our bit and get people ready for work and in exchange we will expect people to take up the work that is available.”