Part of ERSA’s mission is to improve the commissioning of employment related services.
Our aim is to ensure that all commissioners, be they government departments, devolved administrations or local authorities, or organisations sitting outside the public sector, have the skills and knowledge to commission services that deliver for jobseekers, providers and the taxpayer.
ERSA will therefore share expertise with any organisation looking to commission welfare to work services. We will also provide feedback to commissioners on currently funded provision, including what is going well and where there is scope for improvement.
In an age of austerity, an increasingly important part of the commissioning picture is the join up of services around the jobseeker. This is not only better for jobseekers as it can improve support, but also has the potential to save public money.
Our current areas of focus are:
the design of future provision post 2015.
the integration of employment and skills;
the join-up between our members’ services and those delivered by Jobcentre Plus; and
effective collaboration and integration of our members’ services with those delivered at a local level by local authorities, their supply chains and social housing providers.