The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), the sector body for the welfare to work sector, has today launched a report calling for ‘evolution not revolution’ in the design of future programmes for the long term unemployed. 

The report, unveiled at ERSA’s annual national conference in London, makes the case for a number of important new elements in future provision, while building on what is already working well in the Work Programme and other employment programmes.  

Key recommendations outlined in the report include:

These recommendations follow an extensive consultation process across both ERSA members and non members.  Feedback was obtained from over 90 organisations spanning the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Introducing the report, Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive of ERSA, said:

“Today’s welfare to work programmes build on many of the lessons from the past and are offering a good service to jobseekers.  However, there have also been challenges and it’s our duty to make sure future provision addresses these as well as building on what‘s worked well.  We are therefore highlighting measures which would build the capacity of service providers at all levels, plus ensure that sufficient resources are in place, while continuing to provide good value for the taxpayer”

The full report can be found here.