Following the recent ministerial announcement regarding Organisations that have been selected as preferred bidders for Work Programme, we were delighted that RBLI is a partner for both of those who were successful in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. We look forward to working with them to deliver innovative and successful solutions for Work Programme customers.
The Work Programme is the Government’s flagship employment programme which combines most of the current programmes into one. Its aim will be to deliver innovation, customised support and sustainable jobs, all of which are at the heart of RBLI activities. The current economic climate will undoubtedly create some challenges for those delivering this new programme. However we believe our Social Enterprise model, condition management programme, motivational workshops, employability training courses and in work support services will ensure RBLI is well placed to overcome these.
In addition we continue to progress a range of initiatives which will enable us to increase the number of beneficiaries we support. Many of these can also be integrated into Work Programme to provide enhanced support to specific customer groups. Plans to set up the Learning Café at our head office site continue to progress. We are also excited about our involvement with the charity Blue Sky, as we work together to develop employment and training opportunities for ex Service personnel who also have a history of offending. Blue Sky run a number of projects which offer employment to ex offenders and amongst the group of individuals with whom they work have reduced re-offending to one quarter of the national average.