hundreds of voluntary sector orgnanistations are to help get people back into work, the Government has announced.
Almost 300 organisations are to be part of the Work Programme, a national government initiative to cut employment benefit and get people working.
Eighteen private and voluntary sector companies have been chosen as preferred bidders for the programme.
This means the companies will design their own support to get people working independently of Whitehall.
South Yorkshire’s preferred bidders are Action 4 Employment, a global training company, and Serco ltd.
A4e provides training, work skills and help with CV preparation, work placements and in-work support.
Serco, is a service and ousourcing company that works largely in the public sector providing services including running Doncaster Prison.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has said in the first two years the programme is expected to help roughly a million people accrosss the country.
DWP said contracts with preferred bidders will begin in June when customers will be referred from Job Centre Plus. for support. to get them back working
Employment Minister Chris Grayling said the move was a radical one: “Millions of people on out of work benefits who have previously been shunted from dole queue to training room to dole queue again will finally be able to access support that’s built around their needs.”