Maximus has been celebrating the successes of the Restart Scheme with a number of official site openings throughout March.
Forming part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs, the Restart Scheme provides 12 months of tailored and community-based support for people who are long-term unemployed. Participants receive support to learn new skills, overcome barriers to work and gain access to vacancies to help them secure employment.
Since the scheme’s official launch in July, Maximus has been supporting thousands of people in South and East London, South and West Yorkshire, Derbyshire, and Nottinghamshire. In the past month, hundreds of partners and colleagues have joined the celebrations, including local political leaders.
In Bromley, Sir Bob Neill, MP for Bromley and Chislehurst, was the guest of honour and spoke about the scheme’s importance:
“It’s great to open the new Restart Scheme office in Bromley with Maximus, who are working in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions. I’ve been really impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment of the team. This is about changing people’s lives for the better; it’s very good news for Bromley and it will be a great asset to the town.”
In Leeds, our flagship office in Yorkshire, we celebrated the official opening with local employers, members of our Community Partnership Network of local specialist organisations, and Department for Work and Pensions colleagues including Employment Account Director for the Department for Work and Pensions, Nick Butler.
Events were also held in Newham and Nottingham, giving guests an opportunity to meet the Maximus team and learn more about the positive impact the Restart Scheme is having on communities across the country.
Gareth Parry, Programme Director for Employment, Skills and Disability at Maximus UK said:
“Through the Restart Scheme, we’re supporting thousands of people to overcome challenges and find sustainable employment. These events have been a fantastic opportunity to showcase the impact the scheme is already having, and in particular to hear from community partners and local employers who are vital to its successful delivery around the country.”