Problems & Barriers
Mastroe beneficiaries often experience significant personal or occupational barriers to employment, training or social inclusion. These barriers often include unemployment, long-term unemployment, lack of skills or qualifications, low self-esteem or confidence, mild mental health problems or no history of work experience. Some of our beneficiaries come from more complex backgrounds and are usually referred to us at the end of their treatment when they feel ready to get back into work or normal life. Youth underachievement is also an issue with a number of young people not in employment, education or training.
Unemployment & Deprivation
There are around 1.7million unemployed people in the UK, 5.2 million claiming out of work benefits and around 8.97million people who are economically inactive.
Although the rate of unemployment is reducing incrementally year on year in the East of England and across the UK as a whole, there has been little or no change across the Borough of Bedford.
Depression and Anxiety are 4 – 10 times more prevalent among people who have been unemployed for more than 12 weeks.
Year on year, The number of disadvantaged unemployed individuals remain relatively unchanged. “There is insufficient resource committed to developing pathways which help the more hard to help and disadvantaged workless residents make progress towards jobs.” (Bedford Interim Work and Skills Plan – April 2010).
The actual cost of unemployment is around £61 billion per year.
Almost 1 million 16 – 24 year olds are not in education, employment or training (NEET) in England, an increase of 14,000 from April to June 2016
Each year 35,000 young people leave school without a qualification.
Nearly half (43%) of all young people in the UK who were NEET were looking for work and available for work and therefore classified as unemployed.
Available Skills & Work Programmes
“There is insufficient resource committed to developing pathways which help the more hard to help and disadvantaged workless residents make progress towards jobs.” (Bedford Interim Work and Skills Plan – April 2010).
“The performance for harder-to-help groups is still below expectation and about the same as previous programmes.”
(The Work Programme; Department of Works and Pensions; Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General; July 2014)
These reports show that the work programme and other local work skills programmes have been relatively ineffective at helping disadvantaged, long term unemployed or hard to reach individuals.
Mastroe Programmes and projects use the Social Enterprise model as a tool to deliver Practical work skills and work experience and help to break barriers to work.
Lorrain was unemployed for around 12 years. After completing the work skills and work experience programmes at Mastroe – she is now employed as a graphic designer in Kempston Read More