Improving service passes inspection

An employment programme designed to help disabled people find work has passed its latest inspection by the Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALS)

Workstep is run by Jobcentre Plus in conjunction with Merton Council. The service failed its 2005 inspection but the latest review by the ALS praised the service admitting that ‘most of the weaknesses identified by the previous inspection have been dealt with and are now satisfactory or better’.

Workstep aims to help disabled people face the significant and complex barriers associated with finding and keeping a job. The service offers them the appropriate support so that they can work effectively and prosper in their respective occupations.

During 2004/2005 approximately 27,000 disabled people were supported through the programme by over 200 organisations. Through Merton Council, there are 13 people registered with Workstep – which is the full compliment.

The inspection went onto say ‘participants have a clear understanding of their work roles and take pride in their daily achievements. Motivation is high. Users are becoming more confident and making good progress in gaining new skills.’

Councillor Samantha George, Cabinet Member for Corporate Resources said:

‘Congratulations are due to officers for turning around this service. This is a great programme and I’m pleased to see the improvements that have been made.’

To register with the Workstep programme or find out more information, please call 020 8545 3285.