Work Program: Statistics Briefing

Post date: 
Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Category: 
Research

Research briefing shows that UK Goverment Work Programme has not worked for blind and partially sighted people.

The Work Programme is the UK Government’s main programme to support long-term unemployed people and help them to get back to work. It provides support, work experience and training for up to two years.

Following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, the DWP provided the statistics for blind and partially sighted people involved in the programme. We have produced a briefing containing updated statistics on the number and outcomes of blind and partially sighted people referred to the Work Programme between June 2011 and March 2015.

The statistics show that the proportion of blind and partially sighted people attaining employment as a result of their participation in the work programme remains substantially smaller than the overall population of referrals who found jobs.

Our message is simple: the Work Programme has not worked for blind and partially sighted people. As the Work Programme comes to an end next year, we want the government to ensure that the needs of blind and partially sighted job seekers are fully considered in any future employment services.

The full briefing can be found at: www.rnib.org/knowledge-and-research-hub/research-reports/employment-research/work-prog-stats-briefing-2014

For more employment related research visit our Employment research page: www.rnib.org.uk/employmentresearch