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Evaluation of the Want to Work? Trial

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Derry City Council are seeking an evaluation on the following project:

Following a successful bid to the Executive’s Change Fund, £300,000 was awarded to the Department for Social Development to trial Want to Work? which aims to develop and deliver a model of early work-focused support in which central government departments and agencies (the Department for Employment & Learning / the Department for Social Development / the Social Security Agency) collaborate with new councils through the Community Planning process and with employers, the independent advice sector and other local partners to build on, further develop and supplement existing work-focussed support. Want to Work? is not an employment programme in the traditional sense, rather it will provide a bridge between the benefits system and work, through earlier, more frequent and community level engagement. Want to Work? will link participants who are ready and want to work to relevant job opportunities, employers who want to offer job tasters and to existing programmes and opportunities for improving employability whilst pursuing job opportunities. The trial is targeted towards individuals who have submitted a fresh Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claim and offers them an intensive package of early intervention and support from the time they agree to participate through to the time they have an ESA assessment at approximately 13 weeks.

The trial is being piloted by Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC) within the Council area and commenced on 07th September 2015. The pilot is underpinned by the following design principles as drawn up by a co-design group:

• Early Intervention – but mindful that timing (of contact & offer of support) is important;

• Intensive support (weekly face to face interviews);

• Voluntary Participation; •

Work First – programmes are secondary;

• Support is person centered, flexible and responsive to changing needs;

• Partnership & Collaboration between all sectors is vital;

• Sustainability – person isn’t left without support should they wish to continue;

• The economic, social and health benefits of work are continuously promoted; and

• Independence of the advice offered

Deadline for proposals: 29 January

Funding available: £15,000

For more information, please email rketenders@mmu.ac.uk

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