NCVO: charities should be given a role in design of employment programmes, as well as delivery

Stepping Stones – the voluntary sector’s role in future welfare to work schemes (PDF) A new report on the VCS’s role in welfare to work provision has just been published by NCVO: NCVO’s recommendations for future schemes To cater for the ‘hardest to help’ in future welfare to work schemes, charities need to be more involved [Read more]

Reed, B&D College, Newham College win SFA contracts for unemployed support and Work Programme customer support

The Skills Funding Agency have awarded London contracts to: Flexible Fund for Unemployed – Reed Maths and English for Employed – Barking and Dagenham College Skills Support for Work Programme Employees – Newham College Further information on these contracts is here: http://vcsassist.org.uk/2014/02/12/sfa-launch-specs-support-for-work-programme-participants-english-maths-for-employed-flex-fund-for-unemployed-deadline-24-feb-2014/

TFL wins plaudits for placing c. 90 WP customers in supply chain jobs – shouldn’t we be doing better than this?

TfL Skills and Employment Strategy: Progress Report and Future Strategy (PDF) In June 2014, Transport for London published its updated Skills and Employment Strategy. Among other things, the strategy sets details of TfL’s employability programmes and graduate and apprenticeship schemes. The strategy provides an interesting update on TfL’s Work Programme pilot, where the six London [Read more]

London Youth Contract provision transferred from Prevista to Prospects

Announcement from Department for Education: Youth Contract for 16- and 17-year-olds in London North and London South – Notice of changes to delivery arrangements On 1 August 2013, delivery of the Youth Contract programme for 16- and 17-year-olds in London North and London South transferred from Prevista Limited to Prospect Services.

How did you do in the 2012/13 Employability Performance Ratings for London?

LINK: http://data.london.gov.uk/london-employability-performance-rating 2012/2013 London Employability Performance Ratings have now been published on the London Datastore website. There are fewer VCS providers with high ratings this year, in fact over all there are more 0, 1, and 2 star ratings that 3s and 4s. This may reflect the fact that the period covers the start up phase [Read more]

IoG calls for greater govt stewardship of public service markets to address creaming and parking and level the provider playing field

Making public service markets work: Professionalising government’s approach to commissioning and market stewardship (PDF) This report explores government’s design and oversight of public service markets in: employment services (the Work Programme) secondary education care for older people probation services. The report examines the underlying reasons for varying levels of effectiveness, identifies opportunities for improvement and [Read more]

Charity Minister makes well-informed, constructive, and not at all patronising contribution to commissioning debate

… and promises that the Transforming Rehabilitation commissioning process will be very different to the Work Programme. (Not that there were any problems with Work Programme commissioning…) From Civil Society: Too many civil society organisations saw the Work Programme as a “funding exercise” rather than a means of getting people into work, Nick Hurd said this week. Speaking [Read more]

Grayling: “there is no question of us only paying lip service to the VCS as we transform rehabilitation”

More from the man who told us the Work Programme would be a “massive boost” for the Big Society. From Carley Consult: Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has reiterated his support for awarding prime contracts to voluntary sector organisations under the impending Transforming Rehabilitation commissioning exercise, the tender process for which could commence as early as next [Read more]

Work Programme achieved 18K job outcomes in London last year, but still not benefiting most disadvantaged groups

In late June 2013 the Department for Work and Pensions released official performance data for the Work Programme for the period to the end of March 2013. The charts below show the referral volumes and programme performance for the 12 months, April 2012 to March 2013. Who is on the Work Programme in London? The [Read more]