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New partnership tackles barriers to work

Published Thursday, 11 July 2013

Enfield Council is the first London Borough to sign up to an ambitious partnership agreement with Jobcentre Plus and Work Programme providers: Ingeus, Maximus and Reed.


The agreement sees the organisations signing up to tackle unemployment in the borough by working more closely with local employers, colleges, and other organisations, establishing joint working protocols and launching joint initiatives to break down the barriers people face, such as lack of skills, when trying to get a job or affordable childcare.

The partnership will also design a high quality offer for employers coming into the borough or expanding, aiming to get Enfield residents Enfield jobs”

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Business and Regeneration, Cllr Del Goddard, said: "Helping people into jobs is not simply a case of nudging them towards a suitable vacancy and giving them some advice about how to conduct a good interview.

"Nowadays there can be many barriers preventing people from getting a job and what this agreement does is bring together a wide range of organisations that can help to remove those obstacles so that we can get more people into work and tackle the root causes of poverty in this borough.

Martin Fitches from Jobcentre Plus said: “We already work closely with Enfield Council and the Work Programme providers, but this agreement signals a new relationship whereby we have all pledged to reduce unemployment in the borough by designing services that help residents find work and stay in work.”

A great example of the partnership already working has been the task force that Jobcentre Plus and Enfield Council set up to help people affected by the Benefit Cap.

Oonagh Donaghy from the taskforce said: “Working together like this means that we can provide a really holistic service to residents. We’ve seen some people with lots of barriers find work as a result of our help.”

The agreement was signed by Enfield Council Chief Executive Officer  Rob Leak;  Martin Fitches, JobCentre Plus District Operations Manager; Celli Jepson, Regional Director, Ingeus; Grant Neems, Regional Director, Maximus and Donna Murrell, Regional Director, Reed-in-Partnership on Thursday 11 July at the Civic Centre in Enfield.

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