Kennedy Scott's new Help to Work project goes live

Kennedy Scott is launching their new DWP/ESF Help to Work project today, 9 January.

Kennedy Scott and their four subcontractors will operate across the Coast to Capital LEP region in Brighton and Hove, Worthing, Croydon and parts of West Sussex and Surrey to deliver a highly innovative service.

The three year programme will support 800 individuals by providing a holistic package of support to help unemployed adults to address and overcome barriers to employment.

The project aims to tackle worklessness amongst the most disadvantaged in the region and will support a wide range of participants including lone parents, those with language barriers and individuals with disabilities and complex health conditions.

The delivery partnership will apply Kennedy Scott’s trademark ‘Circle of Support’ model as a practical and sustainable means of supporting individuals into employment. Advisors will work with every relevant person in a jobseeker’s life to support progression into lasting careers, including friends, families, GPs and social workers.

Participants on the programme will have access to the Help to Work e-Circle of Support. A highly innovative digital platform designed with participants in mind which enables individuals to purchase wellbeing and employment services to support them towards work. It includes things like gym memberships, skills classes and the opportunity to gain qualifications.

Participants will also be offered traditional employability and skills training which will include support in CV writing, confidence and motivation building classes, condition management advice and a job brokering service.

Commenting on the start of the contract, Teresa Scott, CEO of Kennedy Scott said: “I am delighted that Kennedy Scott are now expanding their reach across the Coast to Capital LEP region, in this innovative programme for the most marginalised in our society.

“We have, in conjunction with our local partners, developed a really innovative e-Circle of Support platform, which empowers the customer to take ownership of their development and provides a state of the art tailored, digital support platform from which they can choose a wide range of local training interventions.

“It will change the face of the employability support for the future and ensure that we are providing the best possible opportunities for our customers, where it matters most, in their local area.”