Future DWP Commissioning – A view to 2017 (i2i’s main Experiences and Recommendations)

Inspire 2 Independence (i2i) is one of the highest performing (and largest) employment/skills sub-contractors in the UK.

Since the start of The Work Programme i2i has supported over 42,000 jobseekers, achieving 51% referral to job starts and up to 36% referral to job outcomes.

Working at the top of five Prime Contractor’s Work Programme Supply Chain networks i2i is well-placed to comment on future commissioning.

Work Programme statistics: Inclusion analysis

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Inclusion comment

The Work Programme continues to show improved results within a period of increasing employment and falling unemployment numbers and rates. Performance for those who started in the last two years has been higher than that for the very large numbers who started in the first two years of the programme.


Institute of Employability Professionals: Liz Sewell takes over from Declan Swann

Founder Director of the IEP, Declan Swann, is moving on to a new job. The Board have appointed Liz Sewell to take the organisation through its next stage of development. She will start immediately.

IEP Chair, Janette Faherty, said

“IEP has benefitted tremendously from Declan’s commitment and vision, and the Board wants to thank him for his tireless work and wish him every success in his new post.

Work Programme market share shift: DWP update

DWP have announced (17 Aug 2015) further changes to Work Programme market share shift.

Market Share Shift is where a proportion of referrals are moved from a lower performing provider to a higher performing provider.

Market Share Shift is applied per payment group, so there are a number of cases where there are providers both gain and lose in the same CPA.

The amendment relates to Contract Package Area 12.

Ingeus (ProvidenceService Corporation) Second Quarter financial results

The Providence Service Corporation, which owns Ingeus, announced its second quarter results on 6 Aug 2015.

There was an investor conference call on Friday 7th August. The press release and a replay of the conference call are available from http://investor.provcorp.com/

Workforce Development (WD) Services

Maximus announce third-quarter results

Maximus announced their financial results for the three months to June 30, 2015 on Thursday August 6, 2015.

Revenue growth of 36% to $572.3 million, driven by organic growth and contributions from the acquisitions of Acentia and Remploy.

Pertemps People Development Group acquired by APM (Advanced Personnel Management)

APM is an Australian-owned global leader in human services, delivering employment, disability employment, injury management/vocational rehabilitation, allied health intervention, aged care, disability care and assessment services. It was founded in 1994 by owner Megan Wynne and its mission is to be the best provider of disability, employability and vocational rehabilitation services.

Transformational six months for recruitment group Staffline

Recruitment group Staffline said today that the first six months of the year in which it paid £34.5 million for training specialist A4e were transformational.

Underlying profits before tax increased 56 per cent to £10.1 million (2014:£6.4m).

Staffline, which acquired A4e earlier this year to add to its' earlier acquisitions Avanta and EOS-Works has rebranded its' employment support division as PeoplePlus.

Staffline issue trading update 2nd July 2015

Staffline have issued an update on their trading before their half year results are due out on 22nd July. Staffline are the parent company for PeoplePlus, which groups together EOS-Works, Avanta and A4e. Trading has been strong during the first half of the year.

Staffline's Andy Hogarth interviewed in Daily Telegraph

Staffline's CEO Andy Hogarth was interviewed this week for the Daily Telegraph. The interview was published in two articles.

Andy Hogarth is the boss of the UKs largest company that looks to get people off benefits and into work. He is uniquely placed to understand his workers situation having done many of the lowest paid jobs himself, and built up his business after overcoming a battle with depression.

Providence Service Corporation (Ingeus) Quarterly financial results

The Providence Service Corporation (NASDAQ:PRSC) held a conference call with investment analysts on their quarterly results. The transcript is available via seekingalpha.com.

An extract of Ingeus-relevant parts is below:

A4e purchased by Staffline: to merge under Avanta/EOS

Staffline announced the acquisition of A4e on 27th April 2015.

This means that Staffline, which already owns EOS and Avanta, will now hold nine Work Programme prime contracts, the largest number of any company (Ingeus was awarded 7 by DWP).

The employment support companies will be merged into a new brand 'PeoplePlus' over the coming months.

The companies also hold a number of other central and local government contracts related to employment and skills.

Devolution of welfare-to-work could improve the co-ordination, effectiveness and coverage of local service delivery systems

recent report published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) draws on evidence from Canada, the USA, the Netherlands and Germany which shows that welfare-to-work devolution can be a catalyst for integrating and improving local employment and training services.

Reasons to be cheerful about next 5 years, say training leaders

Employment and skills issues are at the top of the political agenda as we move towards the next general election.  Developing skills and improving productivity are at the core of sustainable growth.  Training providers can be at the centre of that debate and be the key driver to grow the programmes which will deliver improved skills for individuals and employers. 

A million unemployed people receiving no government help into work, councils warn

More than a million unemployed people are falling through cracks in national work schemes that are failing to reach some of the most vulnerable jobseekers, councils have warned. Latest employment figures released in December show that the number of unemployed people not claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has passed one million for the first time.

This means many of the hardest-to-reach jobseekers, such as young people or those with complex needs, are not receiving any government help into work. The challenge is growing rapidly, with a 28 per cent increase in the proportion of unemployed people not claiming benefits in the last 18 months.