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Third Sector Future Challenges

ACEVO (the third sector leaders' body) is launching an inquiry to examine and address the challenges that third sector Work Programme providers of all sizes and specialisms are likely to face over the next few years.

Working with Shaw Trust and Careers Development Group the project will look at issues such as:

  • The introduction of Universal Credit
  • Requirements for improved performance
  • Market shift for prime providers
  • Providers’ financial health and/or delivery models under a payment by results system
  • Labour markets trends and direction
  • Steps needed to prepare for future Work Programme commissioning rounds

The project will be overseen by a steering group of senior third sector executives, including representatives from prime contractors, subcontractors, and specialist organisations.  The final report will make practical recommendations addressing each challenge to ensure the Work Programme can help as many long term unemployed people into sustainable work and identify lessons learned from the Work Programme to date,  with a view to informing future commissioning rounds.

Sir Stephen Bubb, CEO of ACEVO, said: “The task that we face as a country is to get the long-term unemployed into work, and prevent them from being left behind. The Work Programme needs to be a success, and we need to find solutions where there are obstacles to that happening and that support the third sector’s involvement and expertise. That is what this project will aim to do.”

Click here for the ACEVO press release.

3 January 2013


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