Jobcentre Plus’ Ethnic Minority Outreach (EMO) initiative provided outreach, employability and job search to help people who wanted to make the transition into work. This project supported jobless people who had traditionally been excluded from the labour market.

The EMO team had been commended for trying to curb the startling unemployment statistics among London’s Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities. The team achieved astonishing results with this group through their specialized knowledge and intense work, including the outreach workers personally driving Muslim youth to jobcentres, engaging with their clients outside of regular business hours and uploading CVs on laptops in mosques. This innovative approach brought job advice and training to places of worship and to those who would rarely participate in mainstream provisions.

Approximately 700 beneficiaries were engaged during the two year contract and 221 Job Outcomes were achieved.

Published in 2006