Slivers of time' - new work scheme unveiled

A new work scheme will make it easier for people to work small amounts of hours.

The ‘slivers of time’ scheme, based on the social enterprise founded by former BBC producer Wingham Rowan, is designed to tap into the pool of people who cannot work the usual hours expected even of the average part-time employee.

Rowan said: “There are millions of people who need to work in a fragmented way. Some of these people are real assets but they can be excluded from the labour market.”

The Coalition Government is said to be keen to implement the scheme into the new universal credit, unveiled last week by work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith in his Welfare Reform White Paper.

Commercial recycler and social welfare charity, Recycling Lives, understands the value and importance of work schemes in getting people into employment.

Recycling Lives provides employment opportunities to the long-term unemployed through a variety of schemes, such as the Future Jobs Fund and Achieve North West.

Through the Future Jobs Fund, 96 out-of-work young adults have been given the opportunity of employment.

The Achieve North West scheme, designed to help ex-offenders on probation become more employable, will see 250 participants undertake a preparation for employment course, 50 of whom will take part in a 16-week paid working programme, with 13 participants eventually being offered a full time position with Recycling Lives.

Recycling Lives Training Co-ordinator, Sidonie Richardson, who liaises with employment scheme participants, said: “Schemes such as the Future Jobs Fund and Achieve North West have proven to hold great value in providing the extra bit of help people sometimes need to get into employment.

“Any scheme which helps people into work, even for just a few hours a week, will help tackle the problems of worklessness and welfare dependency in this country.”