Twist is a supplier for the Government's Work Programme, introduced to unify and co-ordinate employment support for long-term job seekers. Employment Minister Chris Grayling applauds the launch of a Twist Partnership inspired Work Programme project: "I congratulate Jagonari and Twist on this excellent project. It's the result of just the sort of innovative partnership that we wanted the Work Programme to encourage. Through our Work Programme, providers are free to design support that is right for individuals and the local jobs market. Our contracts are designed so that local and voluntary organisations and charities who have expertise on the ground play their part alongside bigger national providers. This hugely impressive project shows that our approach is working well and making a fundamental difference in helping people get the skills they need and employers want."
Because of The Twist Partnership's deep insights into the target audiences, we have responsibility for looking after jobseekers with language difficulties including many from refugee and migrant backgrounds.
Twist works with Seetec to deliver the Work Programme in East and South London. In the first six months of the contract more than 500 customers have been referred to us. We have also won two more subcontracts for 2012: working with A4e for East London and the Thames Valley and with Reed in Partnership for the DWP programme for Families with Multiple Barriers. The Twist Consortium is made up of ten partners: Jagonari Women’s Educational Resource Centre, Croydon Kurdish Centre, Ocean Somali Community Association, Somali Bravanese Welfare Association, Minaret Community Centre, Women’s Refugee Association, Pepys Community Forum, Shpresa Programme and Southwark Somali Refugee Council.