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CIPD - Government’s flagship employment programme gets off to a promising start, but low employer awareness is hindering progress

More than a year after the introduction of the government’s ambitious Work Programme, the CIPD warned yesterday that it needs to build on the scheme’s early progress by increasing awareness and understanding of the scheme amongst employers.

In a survey of more than 1,000 employers, drawn from all three main sectors of the economy, the CIPD found that the majority (79%) of employers that have used the Work Programme say recruits met or exceeded their expectations and more than half (58%) said candidates were better prepared for interviews and demonstrated better presentation skills as a result of the programme. It also found that the number of organisations that plan to participate in the Work Programme will increase moderately during the next 3 years.

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