Our services are commissioned by a variety of different organisations such as prime contractors looking for delivery partners, housing associations, local authorities, councils and banks - OUR COMMISSIONING PARTNERS.


The people who participate in our programmes come from a range of demographics. Our approaches are carefully tailored to fit with the demographic to be worked with - OUR CLIENTS / MEMBERS.


Stationery resources

1:1 support

Online accessible work search tool

Who we work with

Soft Outcomes

Increased motivation

Improved communication

Employer expectation awareness

Hard Outcomes

Sustainable jobs


Advance to further or higher education


Long term unemployed

Long-term unemployment has more than doubled since 2008 and young people have been hit the hardest, with a 145% increase. Long-term unemployment for those claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) has seen the largest increases – for all ages it is up 173% and for young people up 339%. This has been fuelled by claimants being switched to JSA from ‘inactive benefits’ – which have seen decreases in long-term claims. Women have seen particularly sharp increases – a 173% increase in long term unemployment, which includes a 289% increase in JSA long-term unemployment. Being out of work for over a year has a significant impact on people’s confidence, finances and future earning power. Inclusion has argued that governments should focus on: preventing long-term unemployment and on helping those long-term unemployed to maximise their chances of getting and keeping employment.

Looked after young people & care leavers

Around 10,000 young people leave care in England each year aged between 16-18 years old. They leave home at a younger age and have more abrupt transitions to adulthood than their peers.  Unlike their peers who normally remain in the family home, care leavers will often be living independently at age 18.  Information from the Children's Right’s Director’s surveys on care leavers and Children in Care Council (CICC) meetings show that many care leavers feel that they leave care too early and often feel isolated and lonely.  Research and inspection reports show that the quality of support care leavers receive is patchy and that their journey through the first decade of adult life is often disrupted, unstable and troubled.  They often struggle to cope and this can lead to social exclusion, long-term unemployment or involvement in crime.  For example, 34% of all care leavers were not in education, employment or training (NEET) at age 18 in 2013 compared to 15.5% of 18 year olds in the general population

Single parents/carers

The living standards of children growing up in lone parent households are on average lower than those in two-parent households, with higher income poverty and material deprivation. In addition, childhood development issues are more common in lone parent households.  However, a significant portion of the difference between lone parent and two parent families can be explained by their background and current employment situation, highlighting the importance of helping those families with the most concentrated issues, regardless of family type.

Young people that are NEET

The NEET group is not homogenous.  There is a diverse range of young people in the group with quite different characteristics.  We also know that:- the NEET group is getting older.

  • Around half of those NEET are of academic age 18, compared with just 40% 5 years ago

  • The gender gap is widening

  • 16 year old boys are now more than twice as likely to be NEET as 16 year old girls

  • A higher proportion of young people are ‘inactive’ and are not looking for work or learning

  • 39% of those with no GCSEs are NEET at 16, compared to 2% of 16 year olds who attained 5 or more A*– C GCSEs

  • Persistent absentees are 7 times more likely to be NEET at age 16

  • Young people with learning difficulties and disabilities are twice as likely to be NEET as those without

  • An estimated 20,000 teenage mothers are NEET

Ex Offenders

Over 17% of the UK population between the ages of 18 and 52 have a criminal conviction. 

Reoffending has been estimated to cost the UK around £11 billion per year, with each reoffending ex-prisoner potentially costing the criminal justice system alone an average of £65,000.  Prolific offenders will cost even more.

Reoffending rates are greatly influenced by whether a person finds work or not. Employment is often quoted as the most important factor in helping to reduce reoffending rates.

There is a wide range of social and economic implications of the low employment rates of people with convictions, including housing, debt and finance, health and family relations.

Over 50s

67 percent of 50 -64 year-olds are in employment compared to 81 percent of 25-49 year-olds.   Employment rates for older people have been increasing since 2001.  The employment rate for 50-64 year-olds has increased from 62 percent in 2001 to 67 percent in 2013.  Older workers are more likely to be in self-employment than other age groups, particularly those still in work after 65.  Around 18 percent of all workers aged 50-64 are self-employed, compared to 13 percent of 25-49 year-old workers and 5 percent of workers aged 18-24 years.  The unemployment rate for 50 -64 year-olds is 5 percent compared to 6 percent for 25-49 year-olds and 19 percent for 18-24 year-olds. Older people who are unemployed are more likely to be in long-term unemployment. Around 47 percent of unemployed people aged 50- 64 have been unemployed for a year or more compared to 33 percent of unemployed 18-24 year-olds and 40 percent of unemployed 25-49 year-olds.  While unemployment is relatively low for older people, many are economically inactive (out of work and not actively seeking a job).  The inactivity rate for 50-64 year-olds is 29 percent compared to only 14 percent for 25-49 year-olds.  Around 12 percent of 50-64 year olds are retired, but many (10 percent) say they are not looking for work due to sickness or disability or because they are looking after the home or family (4 percent).


If you find that you always have new and good ideas of how to earn an income, be your own boss and be in control of your destiny; then you are an entrepreneur.  Good ideas can become a reality.  With a little support and guidance you can go on a life changing journey and acheive a great outcome.

Here at DET we help people to explore their ideas and turn them into an income.  This service is available to those aged 16+ who are committed to the journey.