05 January 2012
Twin has been named as one of the eight welfare-to-work companies who will be implementing a new £200m government programme to help families overcome barriers to employment.
The new service will be run in conjunction with local
authorities and private companies like Twin who have been selected
for their commitment to helping disadvantaged families in England
solve a range of issues.
Beth O'Shea, director of Twin Group's employment and training
division, said: "Twin will be providing support to Families in the
South West region of England. We have an excellent track record in
the welfare-to-work industry over the past ten years and we are
looking to build on it with this new programme. Our innovative
service delivery method will harness the expertise of voluntary
sector organisations and charities to provide specialist support
where it's needed most."
The programme is hoped to make a large contribution to the
Government's stated priority of helping 120,000 of the most
troubled families in England improve their circumstances.
Chris Grayling, Minister for Employment, said of the
"This will be a big part of the work we do to tackle the
challenge of troubled families. The organisations taking part in
this programme are staking their own money on their ability to turn
the lives of these people around.
"This is our second big payment by results project, and
demonstrates clearly that there is a real commitment out there to
deliver social change and to help people do much better with their
The initiative, which covers families in England with at least
one person on out-of-work benefits, is being backed by £200m in
funding from the European Social Fund, money the UK receives from
the European Union each year.
Support measures involved in the programme include:
- Skills to help people find work such as CV
writing, job preparation, timekeeping, problem solving
- Tackling family issues - support for parenting, role models,
support for needs children may have, working with schools
- Social and economic issues - debt management, money management,
how to look for work
- Health and housing issues - alcohol or drug abuse, working with
health agencies, issues around accommodation
- Helping those who are in work to stay in work and progress
- Identifying suitable employment opportunities and helping
people get into work
- Helping to move people into the Work Programme
Local authorities will decide which eligible families are
referred to the support programme.