The new programme, set to run for a year, is being delivered across Leeds, Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford, and is designed to provide flexible employment support and training for single parents. With the contract awarded in March, one full course has been delivered with a further four – already booked out – due to start in June.
Pinnacle People Operations Director Rachel Hughes said the course had already proven valuable, with customers particularly benefiting from the work experience element.
“While we were only awarded this contract in March, the quality of our support to our customers and the positive impact we have on them and their families’ lives is apparent,” she said.
“From our first course over in Huddersfield, which only started on the 2nd May, our coach Natasha Smith has already supported one customer to start work on the 17th May at the local Asda – just 15 days after the course began.
“This role provides the flexible working pattern the customer needs to enable her to fit her work life around her family life.”
“This success story is just the first of what we’re sure will be many more to come,” she said.
Pinnacle People Director Jane Baxter said the new contract was a testament to the local operational team’s strong relationship with DWP.
“We are delighted to be delivering the new Lone Parent Programme as not only does it demonstrate our solid reputation in delivering genuine, sustainable employment programmes in the Yorkshire area, it is a testament to our ability to deliverer specialised support to communities,” she said.
The Lone Parent Support programme, delivered during school terms, consists of a completely tailored four-week course, covering everything from confidence building to contingency planning. This is followed by up to three weeks’ work experience and an additional one to three weeks’ intensive job search support. Remote support and coaching then continues for a further three months.
Pinnacle People has completed a range of programmes and DWP contracts across northern England since 2011, and is currently delivering the New Enterprise Allowance across Yorkshire and Humber along with Work Programme and Transitioning Ahead in West Yorkshire.