The Work Programme is a new payment by results welfare to work initiative by the Department of Work and Pensions. It was launched in June 2011 and is central to the Coalition Government’s commitment to reform welfare. There are 40 Work Programme contracts across 11 Lots with at least 2 providers per Lot delivering the programme across the Country.
The Work Programme is delivered by a range of providers from the private, public and voluntary sectors and it targets those cohorts who are “at risk” of becoming long term unemployed. It replaces New Deal, Employment Zones and Flexible New Deal programmes and retains Job Centre plus in its role as administrator of benefit payments.
Once an offender is referred to the Work Programme by Job Centre Plus, it is mandatory to attend. The programme is a 30 hour per week placement which lasts for 4 weeks. It is designed to benefit the needs of local communities whilst encouraging unemployed persons to develop skills to find work.
Read the PCA’s Position Statement on the Work Programme