The government’s Plan for Jobs aims to help millions of people across the country who have been directly impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19). The Restart Scheme is aimed at individuals who have been out of work for longer periods and may need extra help to move back into employment.

Restart links 
April 2021              
DWP Announcement: RESTART Scheme winners and their CPAs

June 2021             Restart Scheme commences

July 2021               First referrals 

July 2021               The ReAct Partnership launched 

May 2022               ReAct Insights: Shared Employer Engagement Models

July 2022                ReAct Insights: Behavioural Insights 

Read more and download the resources

Restart Scheme provider guidance
DWP provider guidance for the Restart Scheme

Restart Scheme: Analysis and Action Event (11 January)

Tony Wilson, Director of Institute for Employment Studies 

View Tony’s slides here (11 January)

Watch the session again here. 

Restart your engines: its going to be a busy few months… (23 December)

ITT: Full Specification released for the Restart Programme (18 December)

Work and Pensions Select Committee – ERSA provides evidence on the Restart Programme (16 December) 

Further information

The Restart Scheme was announced on 25 November in the SR20 as part of a package of £3.7 billion additional funding allocated to support frontline services and to enable DWP to deliver on July’s Plan for Jobs to support people back into work. The Restart Scheme will provide intensive and tailored support to over 1 million unemployed people and help them find work in England and Wales, with approximately £400million investment in 2021-22. The first step in a £2.9 billion three-year programme.

The DWP’s CAEHRS Framework

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