To help ease the burden on potential subcontractors of bidding for contracts, ERSA has developed a Standardised Expression of Interest Form. All potential and actual prime contractors are encouraged to use this form to seek information from potential subcontractors at the outset of negotiations. This is a standard form that is intended to be UK wide in its application. However, it has been adapted here for the specific Northern Ireland context.
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This report is the thirteenth in a series designed to provide statistical information on the performance of the Work Programme. It has been produced by the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), the sector body for those organisations delivering or with an interest in employment support services. More information on the employment support sector and ERSA can be found at www.ersa.org.uk. All enquiries should be directed to [email protected] / 020 3757 9415.
This briefing document provides background information about Work Choice, DWP’s specialist disability employment programme. It provides background information about the scheme and an overview of ERSA’s key lobbying priorities.
The document highlights lessons learnt by the welfare to work sector through its experience of outsourced employment programmes commissioned on a payment by results basis and comments specifically on the potential interaction of the Ministry of Justice’s rehabilitation programme intentions with existing employment services.
This report is the third in a series designed to provide statistical information on the performance of the Work Programme. It has been produced by the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), the trade body for those organisations delivering or with an interest in employment support services.
Key findings include:
- 384,000 individuals have entered employment via the Work Programme from June 2011 to the end of June 2013. This compares to 321,000 people at end March 2013 - a 20 per cent increase overall.
- 39 per cent of those who have been on the programme for the full two years have found work – this is the first time figures have been available for Work Programme completers.
- 103,000 young people have now found at least one job on the Work Programme. Half of all young people who had been on the scheme for two years have found work. The 18-24 group remains the best performing group on the Work Programme.
- It is taking longer to help jobseekers on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) into work, reflecting the level of barriers experienced by these jobseekers. However, the longer jobseekers on ESA are on the scheme the more likely they are to find work. Of those who have been on the programme for the longest, around 17 per cent have found employment, an increase on three months ago.
- Providers are continuing to place people into work at a faster rate than previously and performance is building year on year.
How is the Work Programme performing?
• The latest statistics show that the Work Programme is significantly outperforming its targets set for year three for jobseekers on JSA.
• While the targets for the Work Programme are based on performance across the year it is very pleasing to see that as a whole the Work Programme is already significantly beating its targets for young people on JSA (57.6 per cent outcome rate versus a target of 44 per cent) and for over 25s on JSA (46.3 per cent versus a target of 33 per cent).
• Performance within the ESA group remains a concern for the industry and a major area of focus. There is strong impetus on improving performance within this group and we expect that over subsequent quarters performance will go up towards the year-end target of 16.5 per cent but this remains a challenging customer group and one which is significantly under-funded.
Response from Employment Related Services Association to the Department for Work and Pensions’ consultation on its future commissioning strategy
This is the response from the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) to the DWP’s consultation on its future commissioning strategy.
Response from the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) to the DWP Consultation on Work Programme official statistics after June 2013: content and presentation
This document is the response from the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) to the DWP Consultation on Work Programme official statistics after June 2013: content and presentation.
In the response, ERSA welcomes the changes that have already taken place since the first publication of Work Programme statistics, including a commitment to quarterly publication of the release and the development of a more user friendly look with more visual data. However, the consensus across ERSA membership is that there is still sufficient scope to change both the content and presentation of data to allow more accessible presentation of Work Programme performance for a range of audiences.