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Employability is one of Shaw Trust’s key operational areas. Helping people back in to the workplace, especially vulnerable people or those who have experienced disadvantage is a vital service in so many ways – valuable to individuals, families, communities, businesses and the economy.

Providing careers advice which helps people improve their life chances as they progress and tackling in work poverty are all services we deliver in the Employability Directorate.

What do we deliver?

Shaw Trust is the largest prime provider of the Work and Health Programme (WHP), with three contracts commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions. The programme is designed to improve employment outcomes for people with health conditions or disabilities, and those unemployed for more than two years. We deliver this programme in the Midlands, Home Counties, and West London contract areas.

We also deliver Individual Personalised Employment Support (IPES) in the Midlands, Home Counties and London contract areas. The programme helps unemployed mainly disabled adults with complex needs gain skills to help them live independently and move into employment. Shaw Trust also delivers the National Enterprise Allowance, a programme to help people set up their own businesses across London and the Home Counties.

We deliver HMPPS CFO3 services in the East of England, London, the South West, the West Midlands, and South East of England. Supporting offenders and ex-offender to progress towards education, employment or training. 

We deliver Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) services in over twenty prisons nationally including London, Midlands, South West and East of England. Experienced Advisers provide confidential and high quality IAG, supporting establishments strategies to reduce re-offending through skills development; helping individuals to progress into education, training and sustainable employment.

How does our work help others?

Evidence shows that by helping people to develop their careers, build their confidence and improve their skills their self-esteem improves as does their health and well being.

How do I find out more about Shaw Trust’s Employability work?