It was announced today that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting Business in the Community’s national employment programme Ready for Work. Operating across England and Scotland, the programme supports people facing multiple, complex barriers to gain and sustain employment.
At the end of 2017 the UK’s unemployment rate reached a new record low – with only 4.3% of the population facing unemployment. This is cause for celebration and a sure sign that programmes like Ready for Work are effective. But as more people continue to enter the labour market, 1.43 million people remain unemployed, many of which face significant barriers to employment and need more support to build successful working lives.
Last year participants on the Ready for Work programme faced three barriers on average – with homelessness, mental health and long-term unemployment most common. By providing employability training and working in partnership with businesses to provide work placements, the programme has an impressive success rate, with 58% of participants gaining employment.
Last year alone 200 people who previously faced multiple barriers to employment found a job through Ready for Work.
Take Jamie for example. After growing up in care, Jamie chose to leave his hometown and make a new life for himself in Manchester. But when his money ran out he had no choice but to sleep on the streets. Now thanks to Ready for Work, Jamie is a partner at Waitrose and has a flat of his own.
Or in Scotland 25-year-old single mum Kara, who felt stuck and unable to get a job. Through Ready for Work, Kara is beginning to realise her potential at Marks & Spencer, where she now takes responsibility for the bakery counter.
And then there’s Tammy who, after losing her job in the legal sector, found herself unemployed for six years – which had a profound impact on her mental health. Through Ready for Work, Tammy was able to find her confidence again and now works for a Facilities Management company in London.
Thanks to funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Ready for Work can continue to support even more people like Jamie, Tammy and Kara – who without the programme may have had a very different year ahead.
Commenting on the funding, Catherine Sermon, Employment Director at Business in the Community said:
“We are delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are continuing to fund the vital work of Ready for Work this year. The funding enables us to make sure we’re not only supporting even more people, but also reaching those most in need of our help. Now, more than ever, the unemployed people we help need additional support to ensure they aren’t being left behind by high levels of national employment, which our partnership with businesses provides as a vital piece of the jigsaw.”
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery said: “I am delighted that the support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery will enable Ready for Work to continue changing lives across England and Scotland. It is so inspiring to see people who face multiple and complex barriers to employment thriving with the support of the programme.”
About People’s Postcode Lottery
People’s Postcode Lottery manages multiple society lotteries promoted by different charities supporting a range of good causes. Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised millions of pounds for good causes across Great Britain and internationally. Players pay £10 for 10 draws, paid monthly in advance with a minimum of 31% going to good causes.
How it works
When you sign up to play, your postcode is entered into the daily draw, meaning you have the chance to win a prize every day. Over 20,000 postcodes win prizes every week. Once registered you are automatically entered every month into every draw for every prize. Players must be 16 years or over. People’s Postcode Lottery is only available to play with postcodes in England, Scotland and Wales.