Shaw Trust tops the poll

More than 18,000 jobseekers were helped back into work by Chippenham-based charity the Shaw Trust.

The trust secured 18,840 jobs for clients, the most jobs for clients in England on the Government’s now-defunct provider-led Pathways to Work Programme.

The figures from the Department for Work and Pensions showed the charity was also the top regional provider. Its work in Greater Manchester East and West helped more than 6,000 people into jobs.

Pathways to Work, which ran from April 2008 to April 2011, was a national back-to-work programme available to all customers claiming incapacity benefits and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

Chris Melvin, interim chief executive of Shaw Trust, said: “We’re delighted that DWP’s figures recognise how successful Shaw Trust was in delivering Pathways to Work in England.

The news is a great boost for Shaw Trust in our work delivering Work Choice and Work Programme, and underlines how vital the role of the third sector is in supporting disabled and disadvantaged people into employment.”

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