Between its inception in 2001 to 30 April 2009, progress2work has assisted 13,471 customers into employment and placed 18,832 onto a range of training courses. Of those customers who we know have found work, 8,243 did not remain in employment for longer than 13 weeks and of those customers who we know found training, 5,400 did not remain in it for more than 13 weeks.
Figures for the number of customers leaving education courses is unobtainable, therefore the figure of 5,400 is for mainstream and specialist training only.
Information on the number of caseworkers in England offering support to jobseekers through the progress2work scheme is not collated centrally and would be available only at a disproportionate cost. This is because the size and volume of each progress2work contract varies substantially across each Jobcentre Plus District. However, we recommend that progress2work contractors employ one caseworker per 50 customers.
Five caseworkers are offering support in Essex and one caseworker is offering support in Castle Point.