4 February 2015

Partners in Progress! at inspirational workshop

Skills Training UK hosted an inspirational one-day workshop on 22nd August attended by the supply chain partners for the Progress! programme,  as well as representatives from Job Centre Plus (JCP), who now play a vital role in signposting to the programme in addition to local authorities. The workshop enabled partners to share good practice and plan ways to maximise opportunities for referrals and positive outcomes.

Skills Training UK is the Prime Contractor in South East England for the European Social Fund financed Support for Families with Multiple Problems which it branded Progress!

Martin Dunford OBE, Chief Executive, Skills Training UK, said: “The way in which partners engaged with this event was fantastic and during the day we heard just how passionate they all are about helping individuals and their families with multiple problems turn their lives around. I’m confident that the good practice we shared will have boosted partners’ resolve even further.”

The importance of local knowledge and the community involvement of each local partner were highlighted as essential for successfully identifying those who could benefit from the varying support and training available through Progress!, as was the importance of ensuring that JCP and local authority advisors were clear as to eligibility criteria for the voluntary programme.

Skills Training UK and its partners will be working in the coming months to improve understanding of what Progress! offers and who is eligible for the programme, which helps people in families with multiple problems and complex needs to progress closer to employment. They want to encourage Jobcentre Plus and local authority advisors to increase their referrals to the programme.

Martin added: “There are lots of people out there who need help, with an increasing number of Work Programme leavers who could benefit from the opportunities offered by participating in Progress!”

For more information or to enquire about partnering with Skills Training UK, visit www.skillstraininguk.com or www.progressprogramme.com

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