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Boost for jobless: Welfare to Work plan pays off.

Sparkbrook Labour MP Roger Godsiff saw how the Government's Welfare to Work initiative was faring when he visited the local office of the Pertemps Employment Alliance.

The Meriden-based company is now one of the market leaders in the delivery of the initiative, which aims to tackle long-term unemployment and social exclusion.

More than 5,000 people in Birmingham and Solihull have already got jobs during the last 20 months as a result of the initiative, with an in-work retention rate of 90 per cent for a period of 13 weeks or longer. The Pertemps Employment Alliance is helping many ethnic minority residents in the city by staging in-house English as a second language courses, increasing their employability levels by lowering language barriers.
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Date:Feb 12, 2002
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