Skills Training UK will work with PwC to design and deliver bespoke packages of employment-related support in London, beginning with the new Work Programme which is the first contract to be let under the Framework. These significant contracts will replace a number of previous programmes and will enable successful bidders to offer the personalised support that is required to deal with the often complex disadvantages faced by long term unemployed customers.
Martin Dunford OBE, Skills Training UK Chief Executive and Chairman of the Association of Learning Providers (ALP), said: “We are delighted to be selected for the new Framework and to be taking a leading role in delivering the new agenda for Welfare Reform. With the combined experience and expertise of Skills Training UK and our partner PwC we will be able to transform the existing delivery models, securing sustainable outcomes and value for money.”
Daniel Burke, PwC Director, said: “We aim to add real value to the development and delivery of effective Welfare to Work programmes by bringing new insights from overseas, other sectors and from our research work for government. We are delighted to be working with Skills Training UK, an organisation with an impressive track record and a commitment to innovation and delivery that mirrors our own.”
Skills Training UK is already helping over seven hundred of DWP’s most disadvantaged customers to find and stay in work every month through Welfare to Work programmes. Its core focus is on securing sustainable employment for long term unemployed customers.
As well as being the Prime Contractor for Flexible New Deal in Surrey, Sussex and Kent, Skills Training UK delivers the New Deal programme in West London. It has twelve modern, professionally equipped training centres in London and the South East and a network of more than 60 sub-contract locations.
PwC has a wealth of experience in the design, development and implementation of successful programmes in the public and private sectors in the UK and abroad – including a significant body of work on the Welfare Reform agenda.
For further press information about Skills Training UK please contact:
Penny Arbuthnot, Project PR. Tel 01473 326401 (07885 238374)
Or Helen Rudd, Project PR. Tel 01473 326405 (07521 318127)
For further press information about PwC contact Katherine Howbrook Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7212 2711 (07515 119096
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. Skills Training UK and PwC formed an innovative and exciting new partnership to bid for a place on the new DWP Framework for the provision of employment-related support services in the London region.
2. Both partners believe the fiscal and labour market context demand real and significant welfare reform – and through the new partnership they can play a leading role in delivering that new agenda.
3. The partnership between Skills Training UK and PwC is rooted in the two organisations’
4. It brings together the experience and expertise of both organisations to design and deliver bespoke packages of support that DWP customers really need to help them find and stay in work.
5. The partnership will build a resilient, sustainable and flexible supply chain, capable of improving outcomes for customers and dealing with the full range of contracts that will be let through the Framework.