Monday, April 4, 2011

News: Work Programme bidders announced


The organisations chosen to deliver the government's multi-billion pound Work Programme in Rotherham have been announced.

Serco and A4E will provide a completely new approach to supporting people back to work in South Yorkshire as part of the Government's radical welfare plans.

The organisations will get the freedom to design support that actually works, rather than having to do what's prescribed by Whitehall. In return providers will be paid by results - with more for those who get the hardest to help off benefits and into work.

The bidders are expected to sub-contract work to local providers and organisations.

Chris Grayling, Employment Minister, said: "This is a radical change to the way we deliver back to work support in this country. For the first time those charities and voluntary sector organisations across the country with the know how to help people with real difficulties in their communities get back to work are being given the chance to do just that.

"Millions of people on out of work benefits who have previously been shunted from dole queue to training room to dole queue again will finally be able to access support that's built around their needs."

Sheffield-based A4e secured five prime contracts for the Work Programme. Andrew Dutton, CEO at A4E said: "The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Work Programme is a radical reform in the welfare to work system. It will see our teams at A4e not only helping our customers into work, but continuing to support them for up to two years.

"We welcome this challenge and see it as a great opportunity to build on our extensive experience and expertise to deliver a comprehensive new package of support for local people and their communities."

Christopher Hyman, Chief Executive of Serco Group, said: "We are pleased to be helping deliver Britain's biggest employment programme. By integrating the technical expertise of small back-to-work providers, and matching them to the needs of individuals, we have already had a high success rate in helping thousands of people to find jobs. Our approach ensures that the voluntary and community sectors can participate fully in the Welfare to Work market."

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