Pathways – Tackling Long-Term Unemployment in Lambeth

Lambeth Council is working with Lewisham and Southwark Councils on the Pathways to Employment Programme to help tackle long-term unemployment.

It particularly focuses on helping people overcome barriers they may face in getting a job, or getting a better job; be that housing problems, debt, childcare needs, mental health issues, a lack of suitable skills.

People are referred to the service by Jobcentre Plus at points where they are found to be at risk of long-term unemployment or already experiencing an extended period of joblessness, and offers one to one support.

Since 2014 when the programme first started more than 400 long term unemployed people have been helped into jobs and in total 2,000 people have been helped move towards work, better jobs or a new career. The benefit to the public purse delivered by the scheme more than outweigh its costs. Residents affected by unemployment are very satisfied by the service they’ve been offered by Pathways and believe it has been crucial to them getting back into employment.

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