Unemployment is now at a 12 year high and Work and Pensions Minister James Purnell has responded by calling on employers to hire a further 200,000 jobseekers this year through the Job centre led LEP (Local Employment Partnership) programme.  

LEPs involve employers working with local job centres to help disadvantaged jobseekers find employment within their organisations.  

Only 90,000 people have found employment through LEPs so far, and the government’s two year target is to place 450,000 people in new jobs.