Greenwich‘s Local Labour Programme (GLLP) provides paid work placements for people, who have been long-term unemployed.
As the first council in the country to launch a dedicated local employment scheme for families affected by welfare reform, the Royal Borough of Greenwich has invested £6 million into the programme.
Launched ten months ago, more than 121 people have already had six month placements in roles predominantly within the council’s parks and open spaces, street cleansing, recycling, enforcement and town centre management teams. A further 31 young residents have been recruited onto a GLLP apprenticeship scheme.
With intensive one-to-one support and tailored solutions to factors like childcare, all placements are designed to get residents “work ready” and to help them overcome barriers to employment and all have been paid at least the London Living Wage.
The scheme is about finding permanent solutions and through the council’s work with local employers more than 80 per cent of placements have now found onward employment.