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  • Supporting People with Disabilities into Employment the G4S Work Programme

    16th September 2012

    John Newland, Customer Services and Employer Liaison Manager

  • The Work ProgrammeFlagship government programme to support people on benefits into employment For the first time people on Job Seekers Allowance (main UK unemployment benefit) and Employment Support Allowance (main benefit for people unable to work due to a health condition) are supported on the same programmeBlack box approach which allows providers to innovate in their deliveryLong term payment by results programme which rewards providers for supporting people into employment for 2 yearsDifferential payments according to benefit typeLaunched in June 2011Delivered by Prime Contractors in 18 areas

  • Financial structure

  • The G4S Work Programme

    G4S deliver the Work Programme in 3 areas the South East, Manchester and Cheshire and North Yorkshire and the Humber G4S adopt a pure Prime Contractor model where we act as a managing agent and manage local supply chains of Job BrokersWe contract to 25 Job Brokers who deliver the end to end service across the UK Services are supported by a local Knowledge Bank of specialist providers who deliver ad hoc services as required

  • Employment Support Allowance / Incapacity Benefit

    Around 5 million people are on benefits in the UK, around half of these are on the main health benefits Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Incapacity Benefit (IB)ESA replaced IB in 2008 IB customers are being migrated to ESA but there are still residual stock IB customers A small but significant % of IB and ESA customers are claiming benefits due to a visual impairmentAll new claimants of ESA are required to undertake a medical test to examine their capability for work

  • Work Capability Assessment (WCA)

    Visually impaired claimants are tested on their ability to get around out of doors independently and communicate with other people e.g. being able to understand a simple message regarding the location of a fire escape The WCA assesses both hearing and sight, so points are awarded if you can hear but not see the messageClaimants are either placed in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) and assessed as fit to work or the Support Group with no requirement to workIf claimants are visually impaired but have no other disabilities they are usually placed into the WRAG

  • Differential payments

  • Support for people who are visually impaired

    JCP would notify Job Broker if a customer had a visual impairment. The customer would not be precluded from anything.Job Brokers have in-house Condition Management services delivered by Occupational Therapists who offer advice on what work clients can do with their disability Appointments are delivered flexibly sometimes by phone or in person, at times to suit the client and in private rooms (according to client preference), can also go out to meet them in a convenient location.Materials available in Braille and in a range of larger print sizes and forms completed on the customers behalfSpecialist external support from Knowledge Bank providers such as Foresight, RNIB and Action for BlindTypical interventions include supported work placements (3-6 months) leading to paid employment Extra funding for work e.g. computer adaptations or a paid Support Worker is available through Access to Work

  • Visually impaired people and the Work Programme

    Less than 4% of G4S Work Programme clients have a visual impairment (average 1.5 people out of a caseload of 50)10% of these have entered employment or become self employedNot many customers with visual impairments have been referred largely due to issues with low levels of ESA referrals from JCPSelf employment is not a common outcome due to lack of Advisor knowledge (30% of advisors feel confident providing VI support)Visual impairment specialists tend to focus on paid employment with supportive employersIf the customer has a severe visual impairment where they need a guide dog or specialist equipment in day to day life for example they would be referred to Work Choice

  • Low Referrals of customers with a visual impairmentAlmost 90% of advisors said that less than 10% of customers, often only 1 or 2 people, had a visual impairmentSome VI customers may be slipping through the netA lot of work still to do to get more customers onto the Work programme

  • Client case study

    One of our Work Programme customers at Remploy in Manchester has a visual impairment whereby he is unable to read unless the text is in a large font. His advisor used specialist software called Dolphin in a well lit room. This meant he received the same quality of service as any other customer would. His advisor supported him with updating his CV, job searching and interview techniques. A job arose at supportive employer in the North west and the customer was put forward for it. With the help of his advisor he prepared for the interview. The employer was impressed and willing to make the reasonable necessary adjustments to take the customer on. The customer is now thoroughly enjoying his new job. He felt that Remploy were very supportive about his disability and he wouldnt be where he is now without them.(Anonymous)

  • Self-employment for the visually impaired: challenges & opportunities

    Self-employment is not a common outcome for the visually impaired on the Work ProgrammeNeither core Work Programme Advisors or visual impairment specialist Advisors are skilled in supporting customers in this area However, there is an increasing focus on self-employment for the visually impaired e.g. specialist awareness and support training for advisorsEmployers attitude and support is key as discrimination is still prevalentOur research has shown that employers believe that if a person has a visual impairment they wont be able to do the job and this will impact on other skills which is not the caseG4S W2W are developing a guide for advisors to increase employers understanding of visual impairments and the reasonable adjustments that can be made

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