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Employment

 

LDAN Employment Pathways Project

 

Pathways to Employment Report

 

Download the report here (PDF) March 2014

 

Download the Case Studies here (PDF) March 2014

 

Many drug and alcohol services in London are working with training and employment support services to create positive pathways to employment for their service users. However, to date this work has not been significantly highlighted or promoted within London. With funding from Trust for London, LDAN launched an employment project in 2009 to start building an evidence base on what works in employment for people with drug and alcohol problems, and influence pan-London and national policy in this area. The first phase ran for two years.  

 

The second phase of the project, funded from 2011 to 2013, is now focussing directly on engaging and influencing London employers and educational establishments. The pan-London employment expert group draws from the business, public and charity sectors, service user representatives, and key service providers, and includes Job Centre Plus, the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, BeOnsite, Inclusion, St Mungos, the London Drug and Alcohol Forum, and A4E. The project will look to open up opportunities for the client group, and provide guidance and support to drug workers and service users through targeted events and information resources.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about the LDAN employment project, please contact Paul Anders, Senior DrugScope/LDAN Policy Officer, paula@drugscope.org.uk, or 020 7234 9730

 

Downloadable leaflets...

 

Recovery from drug use: Opportunities for your business - Information for employers (PDF 267KB)

 

Working with employers to support service users into work - Information for service providers (PDF 268 KB)

 

Getting into employment - Information for service users (PDF 847KB)

 

The Work Programme

The Work Programme is one of the “Get Britain Working” measures and is the centrepiece of the Department for Work and Pensions’ support to the long-term unemployed and to disadvantaged groups. The National Treatment Agency is working with all six London prime contractors to develop a protocol to improve communication and referrals in both directions. The following PDFs provide information for London drug services and service users about the Work Programme, and information for Work Programme providers about drug and alcohol agencies in London

 

Work programme flyer East London (PDF 844KB)

 

Work programme flyer West London - updated January 2014 (PDF 385KB)

 

Drug and Alcohol SPOC for London Work Programme - August 2014 (PDF 161KB)

 

Employment and Recovery: A good practice guide (NTA) (PDF)

 

Survey:

 

We are gathering information for a submission of evidence to the Work & Pensions Select Committee about the DWP Work Programme. Please see our survey which is designed to be completed by keyworkers alongside clients and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. It is entirely confidential, no personal information that could identify an individual is asked for, and any personal information volunteered that might identify any individual or service provider will be redacted before the results are used to inform DrugScope’s submission to the Work & Pensions Select Committee. For more information, please contact Paul Anders, Senior Policy Officer, DrugScope: Email: paul.anders@drugscope.org.uk 
Phone: 020 7234 9799

 

Employment Networking Events:


LDAN Pathways to Employment - employment and welfare reform event

Part of the Trust for London funded LDAN Pathways to Employment project, this event was focussed on key elements of welfare reform, partnership working with Jobcentre Plus and self-employment as an option. After the chair, Dr Marcus Roberts, opened the event, Jacqueline Clayton from the Department for Work and Pensions provided an overview of the policy context and Gareth Evans from The Small Business Consultancy introduced the e=mc2 self-employment support offer. After a short break, Prathiba Ramsingh from Jobcentre Plus and her colleague Chris Hobrough led a practically-focussed session looking at the expectations that drug and / or alcohol treatment providers can have of JCP. Paul Anders from LDAN/DrugScope then introduced the recent report Pathways to Employment 2014, which contains the findings of several strands of LDAN/DrugScope activities in London. Natasha Warne from Public Health England was the final speaker, outlining PHE’s priorities and activities. The event concluded with an expert panel chaired by Marcus Roberts and comprised of Gareth Evans, Prathiba Ramsingh and Paul Anders, joined by Paul Anderson from Homeless Link and Jeff Mitchell of Clean Slate Training and Employment, a social enterprise that creates job opportunities for the long term unemployed.

 

Gareth Evans, The Small Business Consultancy (PDF)

 

Jacqueline Clayton, Dept. for Work & Pensions (PDF)

 

Natasha Warne, Public Health England (PDF)

 

Paul Anders, LDAN (PDF)

 

Chris Hobrough, Borough Partnership Manager- Lewisham, Prathiba Ramsingh - - District Operations Manager for Lambeth and Merton (PDF)

 

 

Latest event: LDAN Routes to Employment good practice event, 3rd May 2013

Chaired by Martin Barnes, Chief Executive of DrugScope, the event included speakers from the voluntary and social enterprise sectors, as well as Work Programme providers and the Department for Work and Pensions. Rachel Radice from DWP discussed welfare reform, the Jobcentre Plus offer and the Work Programme drug and alcohol pilots; Amber Shotton from A4e discussed good practice in joint-working with the Work Programme; Jeff Mitchell from Clean Slate Training and Employment spoke about recruiting from strengths, and Tim Sampey from Build on Belief looked at some common employer preconceptions about people recovering from drug or alcohol dependency. To conclude the day, Martin Barnes chaired an expert panel comprised of Rachel Radice, Joanne Pink from Reed in Partnership, Jez Stannard from Public Health England, Kyriacos Colocassis from CNWL NHS Trust and Paul Anders from LDAN / DrugScope. Please see below for presentations, and if you would like to discuss the event, please contact Paul Anders.

 

Rachel Radice from DWP - welfare reform, the Jobcentre Plus offer and the Work Programme drug and alcohol pilots (PDF)

Amber Shotton from A4e - good practice in joint-working with the Work Programme (PDF)

Jeff Mitchell from Clean Slate Training and Employment - recruiting from strengths (PDF)

Tim Sampey from Build on Belief - some common employer preconceptions about people recovering from drug or alcohol dependency (PDF)

 

 

Previous events

 

Please click on any of the events below to get more information, presentations etc. Each link opens in a new window.

Building Links with Employers (March 2011)

Training and Skills Development (July 2010)

Welfare Reform (March 2010)

What Works in Employment Support? (November 2009)

 

LDAN publications:

 

Employment report

Pathways to employment in London: A guide for drug and alcohol services LDAN/DrugScope, 2010

 

This report brings together some messages from the first phase of the employment project. The report is structured into a review of current issues and evidence, followed by a range of resources including a directory of employment support providers for drug and alcohol service users in London. Also included is a list of Job Centre Plus District Partnership Managers.

 

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LDAN News Nov Dec 09

LDAN produced an Employment Special Edition of LDAN News in November/December 2009 with contributions from key project partners

 

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