Some background history:
‘Work Programme’ contractors – Preferred Bidders – April 2011
Scotland Ingeus UK Limited Working Links
Wales Rehab JobFit * Working Links Wales
North East Avanta Enterprise Limited (TNG) Ingeus UK Limited
North East Yorkshire & Humber G4S Newcastle College Group**
West Yorkshire Business Employment Services Training (BEST) Ltd Ingeus UK Ltd
South Yorkshire A4E Ltd Serco Ltd
North West(Merseyside, Halton, Cumbria and Lancashire) A4E Ltd Ingeus UK Ltd
North West(Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Warrington) Avanta Enterprise Limited (TNG) G4S Seetec
East Midlands A4E Ltd Ingeus UK Ltd
West Midlands (Birmingham, Solihull and Black Country) FourstaR Employment & Skills Ltd Newcastle College Group** Pertemps
West Midlands (Coventry, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Marches) ESG Serco Ltd
East of England Ingeus UK Ltd Seetec
West London Ingeus UK Ltd Maximus Employment UK LTD Reed in Partnership
East London A4E Ltd Careers Development Group (CDG) * Seetec
South East (Thames Valley, Hampshire and IOW) A4E Ltd Maximus Employment UK LTD
South East (Surrey, Sussex and Kent) Avanta Enterprise Limited (TNG) G4S (Private Sector)
South West (Gloucester, Wiltshire and West of England) JHP Group Limited Rehab JobFit *
South West (Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset) Prospects Services Ltd Working Links
* Voluntary sector organisation
** Public sector organisation
The Subcontractors include such as;
5 E Ltd
Sunderland North Community Business Centre
Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change (CN4C)
Pathways Community Interest Company
Steps to Work (Walsall) Limited
WISE Ability Limited (Wise Ability)
Westward Pathfinder Trust
Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI)*
Action for The Blind
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Skills for Work
East Riding County Council
Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Bournemouth and Poole College
Inspire to Independence (i2i)
Triage Central Limited
Prospects Services Ltd
Related – A look at one of these bidders will give you some idea of the worth of the contracts and their attitude. In particular G4S who also has eyes on the “Privatisation of Jobcentre Plus”, where they will decide if you get payed your dole or not.
Source Unemployment Movement
G4S and Serco among welfare-to-work winners (1/4/11)
Security services firm G4S and outsourcing group Serco were on Friday named preferred bidders for contracts under the government’s welfare-to-work programme.
G4S won three contracts worth nearly 250 million pounds, while Serco got two, as the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) handed out deals worth 3 to 5 billion pounds to private and voluntary sector organisations.
The news comes a day after G4S, which provides services ranging from cash transportation and facilities management to security and protection was named manager of two UK prisons, a decision that sparked anger among unions.
Friday’s decision sparked similar protests.
The Public and Commercial Services union said Friday’s contracts would add “hundreds more” to unemployment figures.
“At least one provider has already issued redundancy notices … The union fears similar redundancies from other providers as they prepare for running the work programme from June 2011.”