Shaw Trust cuts jobs after receiving fewer referrals than expected through Work Programme

The employment charity says redundancies at its employment support centres have been kept to a minimum by not filling vacant positions

Shaw Trust
Shaw Trust

The employment charity the Shaw Trust has cut jobs after a lower-than-expected number of referrals through the Work Programme.

The organisation has reduced staff at its employment support centres after fewer people were referred to it than anticipated through the back-to-work scheme.

A spokesman for the trust declined to say how many jobs had been cut and said its annual report, which would be published later in the year, would set out the "organisational and financial position" including redundancy costs.

In a statement, the organisation's chief executive, Roy O’Shaughnessy, said redundancies had been kept to a minimum by not filling vacant positions.

The trust is a prime provider for the Work Programme in London and a tier two provider in London, West Midlands and Hampshire.

"We value our staff and their hard work supporting disabled and disadvantaged people into employment," O’Shaughnessy said in the statement. "Even though the government has extended our Work Choice and Work Programme contracts by a further year, there have been staff reductions at our employment support centres because we have received lower referrals to the Work Programme than we expected.

"We have kept redundancies to a minimum by natural attrition and not filling vacant positions. Our annual report will set out Shaw Trust’s current organisational and financial position when we publish it later this year."

He said the trust was diversifying and had recently won contracts to help ex-offenders gain life and employability skills, and that from September it would deliver specialist employability support for people who had faced significant barriers that had kept them out of work.

The trust had 1,438 staff in August 2014. Its annual report for 2013/14 said it had 1,543 staff in 2013 and 1,474 in 2014.

In 2013/14 it paid out £326,000 to employees earning more than £60,000 in severance payments, down from £905,000 a year earlier, according to its annual report. Most of the 2012/13 figure – £746,000 – comprised severance payments after the trust merged with Careers Development Group in 2012.

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