UK unemployment rate continues to surge

The UK’s unemployment rate rose to 4.8% in the three months to September, up from 4.5%, as coronavirus continued to hit the jobs market.

Redundancies rose to a record high of 314,000 in the same period, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Firms made more workers redundant in anticipation of the end of the furlough scheme, which was originally supposed to finish at the end of October.

It has now been extended until the end of March.

Analysts said the extension had come “too late in the day” to save some jobs and further big rises in unemployment were likely in the coming months.

However, our health-based employability programmes tackle many of the barriers that have traditionally prevented customers to progress into employment – this includes low self-esteem, low confidence, anxiety, depression, low moods PTSD and intergenerational unemployment.    Therefore, in order to help our customers overcome these issues our unique approach combines three key areas including:

·         Employability skills

·         Personal development

·         Health and well-being

The combination of these three elements have proved a powerful ‘health based’ approach’ to support, inspire and motivate customers to make positive progressions into, and towards employment or further learning. 

We work with relatively small sized groups of 12-15 customers in community venue based settings and cohorts of eight customers when delivering the courses on-line so we can ensure the sessions are engaging and we can offer a high level of support to our, often, vulnerable customers.

Over the last 12-months this approach has helped us secure the following results from our health-based community and online programmes:

  • 98% of customers have been retained for the duration of our programmes
  • 95% have secured positive progressions following our programmes (into employment, further education and/or training).
  • 100% of customers have achieved key objectives outlined in their independent learning plan

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Source: BBC

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