Debate and deliberate

Latest news from providers

DWP announcement on Work Programme off-benefit progress

DWP published their ad-hoc analysis as promised at 9:30 a.m. on 9th July.

Inclusion analysis is on the Inclusion website.

DWP have also published a brief notice on youth jobs from Work Programme contractors since the Youth Contract started. This is linked from the Inclusion analysis.

Key headlines:

lnclusionUS organises 'lnternational Day' for US National Association of Workforce Boards

As a reflection of the changing global economy and the truly international scope of many US businesses, this year the US National Association of Workforce Boards is adding an 'International Day' to its Annual Forum in Washington, DC on Friday 9 March. (The Forum runs from 9-13 March 2012).

Public sector outsourcing - is it cheaper or better?

Nick Timmins writing in the Financial Times considers whether the private sector needs to raise its game if it is to deliver better and cheaper services than public service equivalents. The piece looks at three areas:  NHS operations, Welfare to Work and prisons. Professor Dan Finn points to "quite a lot of hard evidence" from other countries that the private sector performs well in W2W but a limited amount from the UK.  The full article can be seen here:

Renewed Talent

Talent would like to bring some clarity to the confusion we’ve noticed on the grapevine.

The last 12 months have seen much change in our business, with our founder, Jonathan Baldrey leaving us for new ventures outside the welfare to work industry and the 100% purchase of the organisation by Calder Holding. In addition, as some people will be aware, our Business Development Manager, Mukesh Oza and our Operations Director, Sarah Corrigan, have also moved on after long years of service to new ventures outside of welfare to work. We’d like to wish them both every success for the future.

Pinnacle People shortlisted to tender for Jobcentre Plus Support Contract

Pinnacle People has been shortlisted to tender as prime contractor for the Jobcentre Plus Support Contract in the following areas:

Coventry & Warwisckshire, Staffordshire, The Marches

Cambridgeshire & Suffolk, Lincolnshire & Rutland, Norfolk

Kent, Surrey & Sussex

Derbyshire & South Yorkshire

West of England, Somerset & Dorset, Gloucestershire & Wiltshire

We are interested in hearing from providers with existing infrastructure who would like to partner with Pinnacle to deliver this programme. Please visit our website for further details:

Talent win 3 new contracts in NE Yorks & Tees Valley FND area

Talent Recruitment have successfully tendered for an ESF Transnational project 'The Virtual Jobs Hub' in Tees Valley, strengthening their position as a possible sub-contractor for Flexible New Deal in the area.

The project will complement 2 existing Middlesbrough WNF projects commenced earlier in the year and provide greater scope to work across the Tees Valley sub-region.

Talent wins 2 new contracts in London FND area

Talent Recruitment has successfully bid for 2 flagship contracts in the Lambeth, Southwark, Wandsworth Flexible New Deal area.

The two contract wins make Talent the largest private-sector job brokerage provider delivering to local authorities in the area. Both contracts will commence delivery during April 2009 and position Talent as the ideal 'Prime' sub-contractor for FND when it commences later this year.

'Wandsworth's Future Works' is funded through London Councils ESF and Wandsworth Council and will be delivered from a brand new office opened in Battersea.

Talent opens new Vacancy Management Centre in Central London FND area

Talent Recruitment has opened a new flagship vacancy management centre close to Waterloo Station in Lambeth, London.
The offices house central sales teams and provide valuable employer engagement support to an ever expanding range of local authority-funded job brokerage contracts across London.
The Lambeth location will provide a valuable addition to 4 existing offices elsewhere in the Central London / LSW FND area and support recent contract wins in Southwark and Wandsworth.

TWL help for lone parents in Morecambe


Lone parents in Morecambe are celebrating after successfully completing a 13 week course to get them ready for the world of work.

TWL Training Ltd in partnership with Lancaster Adult College delivered the sessions at Westgate Children’s Centre, on Langridge Way, as part of TWL’s Range of Projects programme, funded by the European Social Fund and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Joe's back 'Working 9 till 5' thanks to TWL!


HE’S Cumbria’s biggest Dollly Parton fan - and Joe Skelly is now back ‘Working 9 till 5’ thanks to TWL Training Ltd!

Whitehaven-born Joe, who founded the UK Dolly Parton Fan Club, turned to the local training provider after the Woolworths chain folded. He was manager of the Maryport branch and was made redundant just three days before his 40th birthday.

But Joe, who lives near Cockermouth, impressed staff at TWL so much he’s now been recruited as a Personal Guidance Advisor to help other local unemployed people find work.