Progress to work: an Evaluation of One Approach to Unemployment in South-Wast Wales

Francis Cowe, John Deering, Josephine Brayford, Kristi Beak

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


    In nine locations across the UK, Working Links run a Jobcentre Plus funded contract, Progress2work. The P2W contract helps former drug and alcohol mis-users, ex-offenders and those categorised as NFA (no formal address), into employment. Clients receive a period of support with a personal consultant, who designs a tailored programme in agreement with each individual. Through this contract, P2W have helped almost 200 people living in the county boroughs of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly and Merthyr Tydfil into employment in the last two years. This evaluation aims to explore the quality of Working Links' P2W input with its clients and ascertain the extent to which individuals not only gain employment but in a wider sense have 'value added' to their broader social functioning and quality of life. The evaluation will begin to develop an understanding of what works for whom, why and in what circumstances. The overall aim of this evaluation is to be able to provide a critical assessment of the work done by P2W, so that this can guide discussion on the future of the programme. This report provides Working Links with an analysis of their programmes' strengths and areas for improvement which can be used to promote their work with this client group.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherUniversity of Wales, Newport
    Commissioning bodyWorking Links
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


    • long term unemployed
    • return to work
    • evaluation


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