We are helping hundreds of thousands

of people maximise their potential

Our track record speaks for itself

On average, since we were set up we have helped around 17,000 people into work each year

Flexible, ambitious people

help us achieve our vision

Working Links was set up in 2000 to deliver the first wave of ‘welfare to work’ contracts in Britain.

We have evolved ever since, helping hundreds of thousands of people maximise their potential and remain as committed as ever to helping people find work.

We believe work is the best route out of poverty and aim to help people move away from welfare dependency. Benefits should not be seen as a long-term option of those that can work, but merely a transitional measure.

Our track record speaks for itself. Since 2000, we’ve supported almost 300,000 people into work and are recognised as a best-in-class employability provider by governments in Britain and beyond.

 

What we currently deliver:

Community Work Placements: In Wales, we manage the delivery of Community Work Placements which gives people returning from the Work Programme an opportunity to gain valuable work experience. Part of the government’s Help to Work scheme, this programme aims to equip people with the skills employers are looking for.

Day One: In partnership with Jobcentre Plus in South East Wales, we’re supporting newly-unemployed people through a voluntary 13-week programme. Participants can access a series of training courses designed to improve their employability as well as source dedicated help with finding work. 

JobPath: In a joint venture with Irish firm FRS Recruitment, we have created Turas Nua to deliver the Irish government’s first ever back to work programme to help long-term unemployed people. Similar to the Work Programme, JobPath aims to provide tailored support to people as they search to find sustainable work.

LEAP: Our Linking Employers and People (LEAP) programme delivers vocational employability training for unemployed people across England with a particular focus in the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber and the South West. We work with employers who can provide entry-level jobs, and we’ll work with you to help you find a suitable position to match your skills and abilities.

Links to Work: Launched in December 2016 the programme specifically aimed at helping customers to find suitable employment. Funded by the European Social Fund the programme provides targeted employment support to specific groups including lone parents, ex-offenders and substance misusers. Links to Work is a voluntary programme and we operate in a number of locations across England:

  • Dorset
  • Leicester and Leicestershire
  • Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
  • Northampton
  • North East England
  • Swindon and Wiltshire

Progress Scotland​: Progress Scotland is a partnership between Working Links and The Lennox Partnership delivering the Work Able Scotland programme across the Highlands, Islands, Clyde Coast and Grampian regions. The voluntary programme aims to help individuals out of work to find suitable and sustainable employment.

Wiltshire College: A skills programme aims to give 650 unemployed people the skills needed to find work in Wiltshire, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Dorset. We are working with Wiltshire College to deliver the LEAP (Linking Employers and People) programme, serving up short accredited courses in customer service, IT, employability, enterprise and food safety.

To be eligible, people need to be aged 19 or over, unemployed, have not achieved any similar qualification before and live in Wiltshire, Somerset, Gloucestershire or Wiltshire. The programmes are funded through the Skills Funding Agency.

Work Choice: We deliver the UK government’s Work Choice programme in five locations across England and Wales, supporting people with complex health challenges on their journey towards employment. The latest figures show that through working in partnership with our subcontractors, we have helped more than 5,000 people with health issues get back into work via this programme.

Work Programme: We are currently the only prime provider to deliver the UK government’s flagship Work Programme right across Britain with contracts in England, Scotland and Wales. This programme is designed to help long-term unemployed people back into sustainable work, helping them overcome their various challenges to employment and is widely regarded as being the most successful UK-wide employability programme ever delivered.

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We believe work is the best route out of poverty

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Robyn Teague

After wanting to get her life back on track, Robyn was teamed up with personal consultant Abbie Clift who guided her through the process of moving away from benefits and into employment.

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Costa Coffee

Working Links enjoys a good relationship with Costa Coffee in locations across Britain to help fill their need for passionate workers.
 

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