Posts Tagged: Work Programme

Why is the charity sector being outdone by private businesses?

This week, we’ve published an analysis of welfare-to-work provision. This is historically an area where charities have ended up as subcontractors to private providers. Many feel the sector gets stiffed by this process. Looking at the ages of those private providers, though, it seems the sector may have missed a trick somewhere along the way,… Read more »

Smoke and mirrors on the new Work Programme

Employment minister Chris Grayling issued a triumphant-sounding statement to mark the announcement of the new Work Programme providers. It read: “For the first time, those charities and voluntary sector organisations across the country with the know-how to help people with real difficulties in their communities get back to work are being given the chance to… Read more »

This carrot and stick approach to jobseeker volunteering is confusing for everyone

One of the more surprising details to emerge from the story by Third Sector  about Calder UK, the firm that has agreed to pay volunteer centres for using their services as part of its welfare-to-work programme, was its method of finding volunteer placements for jobseekers. The Department for Work and Pensions had made it compulsory… Read more »