“Today’s announcements will help the Restart scheme to keep making a real difference to people’s work and life chances. It contributes to efforts to overcome our labour and skills shortages and to further growing our economy. Bringing public and private employment services together is vital to get people into work and not look back. Our own award-winning Restart scheme, which sees recruiters work with employability services provider Maximus, has helped place 1700 long-term unemployed people into work since 2021.
“We hope the government will persist with its efforts to overcome labour and skills shortages in the lead up to and in the Autumn Statement, such as by announcing a long-overdue growth strategy that brings greater coherence to its policies on skills, welfare to work, infrastructure, mobility and taxation.”