Press release

Details of Work Programme framework

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The organisations making the framework for the Government’s radical new Work Programme, which will see jobseekers given tailored support.

The organisations making the framework for the Government’s radical new Work Programme, which will see jobseekers given tailored support specific to their individual needs, are announced by Employment Minister Chris Grayling today.

The Work Programme, the largest welfare to work scheme the UK has ever seen, will replace a range of existing employment programmes and support people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) back into sustainable jobs.

The Work Programme will be delivered by private and voluntary sector providers who will have the freedom to design a support system that works, ending the culture of one size fits all. The payment structure is designed to incentivise providers by paying first and foremost for results, and by paying more for harder to help customers to ensure they get the support they need.

The organisations named today as preferred suppliers for the commercial framework will soon be invited to tender for the Work Programme contracts to deliver back to work support from next summer. 

Chris Grayling said:

The Work Programme will be the biggest back to work scheme this country has seen, and will finally put an end to the one size fits all, ‘Whitehall knows best’ approach.

Those organisations from across the private and voluntary sectors that are on the framework being announced today will be given the freedom to use their skills and experience to do what actually works to help people off benefits and into jobs. And we’ll pay them by results - they must help people into long term sustained employment to get the full payment.

Notes to Editors

  1. Please visit Framework for the Provision of Employment Related Support Services to find The Framework preferred suppliers.
  2. We expect the Work Programme to be in place nationally from summer 2011.