Groundwork is a charity that exists to build better, greener lives in the places that need it most. Helping people to develop their skills and job prospects while they help improve the quality of life in their community has been core to the way we work for more than 30 years. We achieve this in a variety of ways including recruiting volunteers onto ‘green teams’, organising work experience placements with employers, creating temporary jobs and setting up social enterprises. Last year we helped around 4,500 people move into education, training or work.
In delivering this work over the last three decades our policy has been to engage constructively with central and local government programmes aimed at reducing unemployment and delivering skills. This has involved working as part of government contracts which have made it a requirement for jobseekers to engage in work-related activities that benefit the wider community.
Groundwork’s national chief executive Graham Duxbury says “Our goal as a charity is clear – to help more people find rewarding work in more sustainable local economies. Voluntary placements, work experience and intensive employability support are all part of the mix.
“We recognise that current government contracts entail a stricter application by Jobcentre Plus of conditions and sanctions for those involved but remain focused on ensuring those we support receive a high quality, valuable experience that gives them a better chance of finding and retaining a good job. Like many charities we will continue to seek to influence the way government programmes are designed, procured and managed so that they lead to the best possible outcomes for those who are most vulnerable.”