Local MP visits MAXIMUS Work Programme site in Reading

MAXIMUS UK’s Work Programme site in Reading has recently welcomed local Conservative MP Rob Wilson to witness our work in helping jobseekers in the town first hand.

Rob was introduced to MAXIMUS Employment Consultants who provided detailed overviews of the tailored support that we deliver to help our customers in guiding them into sustainable employment. This could take the form of training and mentoring programmes, work experience placements, and schemes which give individuals the confidence to start their own businesses. However, helping people to find employment is only half the job, and MAXIMUS also ensures that all our customers are fully supported to stay in employment once they find it.

MAXIMUS’ vital work in Reading is matched across the south of England, where we are a prime provider of the Work Programme in two Contract Package Areas. As of September 2013, MAXIMUS had helped 9,300 individuals into sustained employment across the country, with 455 individuals helped into work in Reading, helping Reading to be ranked number one for employment by the Centre for Cities think tank in 2013.

Making a difference

Rob said: “Employment makes a huge difference to people’s lives. It’s important to not just focus on those who are briefly made unemployed due to job loss, but also to get the long term unemployed back on their feet and providing for themselves. Employment gives people pride and self-sufficiency and those who can work, ought to be helped into employment wherever possible. We are determined to stop the waste of human talent that unemployment brings with it.”

Samuel Black, Business Manager for the Reading Work Programme site, said: “It was a real pleasure to have a visit from Rob and the clients were delighted he was so interested in them and their search for work. We are grateful for Rob’s support in MAXIMUS as we help to bring down unemployment across Reading, and look forward to continuing to make a positive difference to people’s lives across the city throughout 2014 and beyond.”