DWP announces new IPES employment support programme

DWP has announced a new employment support programme to start in 2019 for people living with a disability who are unlikely to move into work within the next year or longer and may need additional support.. The Intensive Personalised Employment Support (IPES) programme will provide highly personalised packages of employment support for people who are at least a year away from moving into work. The support comes from a new £40 million fund and is expected to benefit 10,000 people.

People will get coaching to help build their independence, confidence and motivation, as well as work experience to help boost their career prospects.

DWP has written to all local authorities about the programme and a copy of the letter is attached below.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Amber Rudd said:

"Everyone, no matter what their background is, should have the opportunity to thrive in the workplace, and having the right support in place for disabled people is one of my greatest priorities. To truly help people transform their lives, there can be no one-size-fits-all approach.

"That’s why this new programme is designed to offer people, who may think they will never move into work, tailored support to help them overcome any personal barriers they may have in the first instance, and then to focus on boosting their skills.

"There are also huge economic benefits to improving disability employment rates. More than half of disabled people are in work, but in order to realise the full potential of disabled people in Britain we want to go further and see one million more disabled people in work by 2027."

People on the scheme will get a dedicated key worker who will work with them to overcome complex barriers which may be preventing them from entering work, ensuring they have a personal support network in place. It is thought that the programme is aimed at jobseekers who need more intensive support than is offered through the Work and Health Programme but who would not be eligible for the current Supported Employment Proof of Concept.

The voluntary scheme will be rolled out across England and Wales in 2019, and applicants will receive support for up to 21 months, including 6 months of in-work support for those who get a job. BASE will be having discussions with DWP about thee design and tendering of the new programme.

 

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