The Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) new Work and Health Programme is being commissioned to improve employment outcomes for people with health conditions or disabilities and those unemployed for more than two years.
The Work and Health Programme provides an opportunity for local providers to collaborate and create positive futures for local people, their families and their communities. Focusing on ability rather than disability or time out of work, we make a difference.
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Working Links have been helping the government design and develop programmes like this since 2000 and we’re widely recognised internationally as a best-in-class employability provider.
Throughout the commissioning process we will be sharing our latest thoughts ahead of the Work and Health Programme, so please bookmark this page.
Stage 1 bids are in
On 3 March, after months of preparation, we submitted our Stage 1 bids to the DWP to deliver the Work and Health Programme in three areas – the North East, the South and Wales. Each bid included written responses to a number of evaluation questions as well as our proposed solutions to a number of case study scenarios. These scenarios represented some of the customer groups Work and Health Programme will support in to work – people with disabilities, the long term unemployed and other disadvantaged groups.
Over the course of the next month, teams from each of the areas will be presenting our proposed solutions to the DWP in Sheffield. Following this, in early April we hope to be among the successful bidders that progress to a second stage of competition and enter into commercial dialogue with the DWP.
We're on the framework
We are pleased to announce that we have been successful in getting on the Department for Work and Pensions' (DWP) umbrella framework for the provision of Employment and Health Related Services in three areas:
This means we can now bid to run the Work and Health programme in those areas, and any other DWP provision they commission in the future in those areas.
And although we did not get onto the framework for the two other lots we submitted bids for – in Home Counties and Central England – we are now considering subcontracting opportunities in those areas.
This is a great opportunity for us and a successful start to 2017. Our bid team is now busy working on the Work and Health bids which will be submitted in the coming months.