01.04.11

Government Announces Work Programme Preferred Bidders

Chris Grayling, Employment Minister at the DWP, has today announced the final list of preferred bidders to deliver the Work Programme.  They will now go on to contract signing and the Programme will begin in June.

The contracts have been arranged geographically across 18 regions, with at least two contracts per region, with a total of 40 contracts being awarded.  In total there are 16 private sector and two voluntary sector organisations as prime contractors* (see below).  Among the sub contractors are 289 voluntary organisations which include Mencap, Citizen’s Advice, The Prince’s Trust and Action for Blind People. 

The organisations named today will be paid through the benefit savings made from the people they help get back to work – the first time such an approach has been tried on such a large scale. Over the course of the seven years the contracts will run, the total value is likely to be between £3bn - £5bn.

In the first two years the Work Programme is expected to help around a million people, making it the largest single welfare to work programme the UK has seen.

*Work Programme Preferred Bidders – April 2011

Scotland

Ingeus UK Limited

Working Links

Wales

Rehab JobFit *

Working Links Wales

North East

Avanta Enterprise Limited (TNG)

Ingeus UK Limited

North East Yorkshire & Humber

G4S

Newcastle College Group**

West Yorkshire

Business Employment Services Training (BEST) Ltd

Ingeus UK Ltd

South Yorkshire

A4E Ltd

Serco Ltd

North West(Merseyside, Halton, Cumbria and Lancashire)

A4E Ltd

Ingeus UK Ltd

North West(Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Warrington)

Avanta Enterprise Limited (TNG)

G4S

Seetec

East Midlands

A4E Ltd

Ingeus UK Ltd

West Midlands (Birmingham, Solihull and Black Country)

FourstaR Employment & Skills Ltd

Newcastle College Group**

Pertemps

West Midlands (Coventry, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Marches)

ESG

Serco Ltd

East of England

Ingeus UK Ltd

Seetec

West London

Ingeus UK Ltd

Maximus Employment UK LTD

Reed in Partnership

East London

A4E Ltd

Careers Development Group (CDG) *

Seetec

South East (Thames Valley, Hampshire and IOW)

A4E Ltd

Maximus Employment UK LTD

South East (Surrey, Sussex and Kent)

Avanta Enterprise Limited (TNG)

G4S (Private Sector)

South West (Gloucester, Wiltshire and West of England)

JHP Group Limited

Rehab JobFit *

South West (Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset)

Prospects Services Ltd

Working Links

 * Voluntary sector organisation
** Public sector organisation

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