Work Ready Individuals

Work Ready Individuals – creating a tailored approach to supporting the 22,000+ residents of West Cheshire receiving out of work benefits to access employment opportunities.

In general West Cheshire’s unemployment figures are below the national and regional average.

However, this high performance masks large numbers of unemployed young people, unemployment among the over 50’s, and geographical pockets of deprivation. We have a good record of attracting businesses to the area, but local people don’t always have the necessary skills to secure the jobs created.

The Altogether Better approach to this issue aims to address these client groups in a coordinated fashion, aligning the assessments, referrals and information systems that exist. There are currently 12 main providers in West Cheshire providing these services, including; the Local Authority, Job Centre Plus, Work Programme Providers and the Voluntary and Community Sector, who all support the Business Plan that has been developed on this issue.

This project is particularly important given the forthcoming changes, through the introduction of the Welfare Reform Act, and the anticipated changes from Universal Credit.

Altogether Better approach


New approach Old approach

Partners work together at a strategic and operational level to enable co-location, coordinated planning and integration of systems and processes.


Aggregation of information and intelligence: To plan services and develop of preventative practice.

Geographically tailored services: That are driven by the demands and needs of local areas.



Organisations work individually and separately.



Delivering services at points of crisis and moments of need, failing to address issues before they develop.

Uniform services provided at a borough-wide level.


Single streamlined, integrated service for workless  adults providing a consistent customer journey.  Individually tailored support through personal mentors.


Working with employers: Creating a direct link between job opportunities, employment and skills training, and work placements through a Business Board and a Business Hub.



Duplication due to multiple assessments, and the ad hoc nature of referrals between organisations.



A disconnect between local employers and skills providers, that means training is not connected to the employment market.


Linking employment and skills with related services including housing and health: Ensuring people can get support to address barriers to work.



A disjointed system where individual partners deal with  single issues in isolation.


Targeting services: at those most in need (16-24 year olds, and those aged 50 plus), and the geographic needs in  neighbourhoods identified through needs analysis.


Uncoordinated unemployment services based separate  organisations and places.


We estimate this project will save £18.6 million across public service organisations overthe next five years through lower unemployment, and reduced demands for benefit claimsand match the needs of residents to the employment market in West Cheshire.

Business Case


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