Employers shape new government service to get people into work

Skills secretary John Denham will today reveal how employers are helping shape a radical new government service to get more people into work.

Denham will publish a prospectus for the Adult Advancement and Careers Service (AACS), which will launch in 2010.

Combining careers advice with help solving childcare, housing and financial problems, it aims to help people overcome common barriers to finding work.

Employers will be involved in a range of regional prototype schemes that will help shape the AACS launch.

Denham said: “Everyone deserves the best chance to get on in work and in life – but often people find a range of barriers in their way, whether they are seeking work, trying to get a better job, or worried about redundancy.

“Those barriers are different for everyone – whether finding suitable childcare, understanding employment rights, unblocking problems with housing – and the new service needs to be able to help people tackle them all, changing with them as they change through life.”

The government said the service would be freely available to all, but targeted at those most in need. Ten regional prototypes will run for two years, testing a range of different approaches in establishing local partnerships.

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