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Before it Begins, DWP Restart Scheme Creates 800 jobs across 60 sites in East Central England

Managing Director, Aaron Henricksen

Employment start-up Jobs 22 and local partners engage 800 employment coaches to run £200 million Restart Scheme over four years to support over 111,000 jobseekers across Bedfordshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Staffordshire, North Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire

Today Jobs 22 announces its Restart Scheme in East Central England, part of the government’s Plan for Jobs following the global pandemic.  Jobs 22 won the contract to run the Restart Scheme with local employability partners (listed below) from over 60 locations across the region.  Together they will deliver comprehensive and consistent support to long term unemployed people via 800 employment coaches hired from around the region.  By offering support services locally, Jobs 22’s Restart Scheme will bring millions of pounds into the seven counties that make up East Central England’s Restart Scheme area. 

“We are proud to be joining the DWP’s efforts to get the country back to work,” said Jobs 22 Managing Director, Aaron Henricksen.  “We’ve created a journey for Restart Scheme participants that is centred in their local communities.  We prioritise working with small to medium businesses based locally, so all our partners and support providers are familiar to participants.  Our regional infrastructure for the Restart Scheme means we can offer services that fuel local economies and support local residents back into work.”

  • 60 locations offering Restart Scheme services across East Central region
  • 800 employment coaches plus support teams to support long term unemployed in the area
  • 111,000 participants expected to benefit from Restart Scheme support

The Restart Scheme will provide employability support to over 1 million unemployed people in England and Wales.  Restart Scheme will complement the vital work of Jobcentre Plus with extra expertise, investment, innovation and additional capacity for tailored support.  The Scheme will provide up to one year of tailored support for each participant. For some this might be bespoke training to take advantage of opportunities in a growth sector or to succeed in a major recruitment exercise, for others it might be support to get the right certificates to take up a job in a different industry such as construction or transport or to update skills such as IT.

How it works:  There is an Employment Coach for every Restart Scheme participant in the region.  Through regular contact they develop a strong understanding of each individuals’ employment history, skills, aspirations and support needs to develop the right package of support to help each participant succeed. Participants receive up to a year’s support from Jobs 22 and its delivery partners.

Quotes from all 11 Jobs 22 local delivery partners across the region:

The following organisations deliver the Restart Scheme on behalf of Jobs 22, which has been commissioned by the government to provide the contract in the seven counties that make up ‘East Central’.  Quotes below:

Acis Group, Riverside Training – delivering Restart Scheme in West Lindsey

Claire Woodward, Head of Business Development at Acis Group said: “We are excited to be a part of the Restart Scheme to support local people back into work after what has been a difficult 18-months. Our expert team are on hand to give tailored support and advice to give everyone the best chance of succeeding in finding work and achieving their goals.”

About Acis Group’s Riverside Training

Acis Group is a housing charity going beyond the bricks and mortar to create opportunities for people to have better lives through the provision of better homes and better services.  As part of the group, which includes housing and home adaptations, it has a specialist employment and skills team in Riverside Training. Riverside Training provides employment support, functional skills training and wellbeing programmes to it’s communities across the East Midlands, Yorkshire and The Humber

Acorn Training: delivering Restart Scheme in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Tunstall, Coalville, Chesterfield, Hinkley, Burton, Daventry and Melton Mowbray

Sophia Franzen, Operations Director at Acorn Training said: “As the country recovers from the effects of the pandemic, it is vital that individuals are given support to secure long-term employment. 

“We are thrilled to be joining the DWP’s efforts to get the country back to work.  As well as being Jobs 22’s largest delivery partner, we’re renowned for providing opportunities to people from all walks of life; working hard to understand personal circumstances, breaking down barriers to employment and helping individuals to achieve long-term aspirations, no matter their background.” 

About Acorn Training

Acorn Training is a national training provider delivering apprenticeships, adult education, employability programmes, justice services, skills and career development with over 14 years’ experience. Acorn Training has more recently diversified its business to deliver IAG and employability services within prison establishments across England.

Business 2 Business delivering Restart Scheme in Leicester and Leicestershire

Veejay Patel, Managing Director of Business 2 Business said, “We are delighted to be involved in delivering Restart Scheme support for individuals seeking work in the aftermath of the pandemic. Through the Restart Scheme, we will help people to find sustained employment and give them advice and support to progress further, ensuring greater prosperity and well-being for individuals and our community.”

About Business 2 Business

Business 2 Business is a high performing, mainstream and BAME specialist, employment and skills provider with over 35 years’ experience. We are widely recognised as one of the best performing providers of DWP programmes having taken part in the Work Programme, Flexible New Deal, Pathways to Work and many others including the DWP Ethnic Minority Outreach Programme within which we achieved the highest job entry performance in Britain.

First College Lincs – delivering Restart Scheme in East Lindsey

Julie Fear, Team Manager Restart Scheme, First College, said “We are delighted to be delivering in partnership with Jobs 22.  The team  here looks forward to a positive working relationship with Jobs 22 and DWP as it delivers the Restart Scheme across East Lindsey.”

About First College

First College is a work-based learning provider and a charitable trust based in the East Lindsey district within Lincolnshire. First College has supported participants to realise their skills and employment ambitions for more than 35 years, and have successfully supported individuals into work, whilst introducing new programmes to meet the needs of our local community.  First College is experienced at recognising client support needs and suitable employment opportunities and have delivered in partnership schemes such as The Work Programme, Employment Training, Training for Work, New Deal, Skills Support for the Unemployed and NEET”

North Northamptonshire Council – EADS delivering Restart Scheme in Northampton and Wellingborough

Craig Lawson, Restart Scheme Team Manager, EADS said: “Our goal is to support the community and local businesses by a providing a bespoke provision to help get people back into sustainable employment and assist the local economy recover from the effects of the pandemic. We are passionate about what we do and are excited to be joining Jobs 22 and to use our experience to help in getting the country back into work.”

About Employment & Disability Services (EADS) at Northamptonshire Council

EADS’s strength is in its experience and local knowledge across the sector mixed with the passion of its team in delivering the best results for participants.  EADS has delivered DWP contracts in the supported employment sector for almost 40 years.  Recent contracts include Work Choice, Links to Work, SES (Specialist Employability Support) and most recently the Work and Health Programme.

PET Xi delivering Restart Scheme in Warwickshire

Fleur Sexton, founder of PET-Xi said “We are delighted to be working with Jobs 22 to run the Restart Scheme across Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth.  The timing of the Restart Scheme could not be better, as many people may have remained unemployed after losing their jobs at the start of the pandemic.”

About PET-Xi

Starting its journey in 1995 PET-Xi has worked with over 250,000 people across the whole spectrum of academic ability, behaviour and confidence. As well as working with job seekers looking for the opportunity to upskill and get back into employment, it also provides specialised business training for companies and individuals.

Steadfast Training: delivering Restart Scheme in South Holland

Jason Parnell, CEO of Steadfast Training said “We are delighted to be supporting the people of South Holland to find long-term, sustainable employment. We look forward to working in partnership with DWP, Jobs 22 and our local employers to deliver the Restart Scheme.  For employers in South Holland the Restart Scheme is a great way to recruit people whose skills, strengths and motivation have been individually assessed and their journey to work agreed at every step of the way”.

About Steadfast

Steadfast Training has been trading since 2005, we hold an Ofsted Grade 2, are Matrix accredited and in November 2018 we were awarded Chartered status for Further Education.  We are a training provider that delivers first class skills, employability and training solutions to create better futures for individuals, families, businesses and communities. We deliver quality vocational training including Apprenticeships and Diplomas. 

Stoke-on-Trent Council JET – delivering Restart Scheme in Stoke-on-Trent

Cllr Janine Bridges, cabinet member for economy and education said: “Restart is a great initiative and one which we are very pleased to be helping to lead within Stoke-on-Trent. While much has already been achieved around helping people into work during and following on from the pandemic, through this programme more people will be successfully helped into work – a win/win for them and for the city. Stoke-on-Trent is a great place to work and to do business and this tailored support is a fantastic addition to underpin this.”

About Stoke-on-Trent Council JET

Part of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, the JET (Jobs, Enterprise and Training) service has over 12 years’ experience delivering welfare to work, employability and skills-based programmes across Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.  Recent contracts include the Department of Work and Pensions Work Programme, Community Work Placements, Building Better Opportunities and Skills Support for the Workforce. JET provides a fully integrated employment brokerage service with extensive knowledge of the local area, its businesses and labour market. The Employment Brokerage and Engagement offer consists of specialist staff who have a background in private recruitment, HR and business development and growth. JET was initially introduced to tackle worklessness in areas of deprivation across the City of Stoke on Trent and North Staffordshire.

TCHC: delivering Restart Scheme in Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire

Courtney Grinham, MD of TCHC Group Limited said: “We are thrilled to be part of the partnership established by Jobs 22 delivering the Restart Scheme across Aylesbury Vale. Over the last 17 years, TCHCs has worked across Aylesbury Vale to help local residents successfully re-enter employment. We are committed to working across the borough within all local communities to develop a thriving network of supporting agencies and employers to offer relevant support, interventions and employment opportunities.”

About TCHC

TCHC Group Limited is a skills, training and employability provider who have been delivering for 17 years. Its vision is to transform the lives of the individuals it works with by inspiring and enabling them to progress.  TCHC strives for excellence, supports its learners to achieve and proactively removes barriers to learning and enterprise.

Twin: delivering Restart Scheme in Leicester

Deep Khanna, Twin’s Director of Operations – Employability said: “Twin has been delivering services in Leicester since 2019 and can call on a strong understanding of the local labour market, links with recruiting employers, and a network of specialist partners to give jobseekers affected by the pandemic every help and support needed to get back to work. We will be centred in the heart of the community to quickly and efficiently deliver Restart Scheme services to Leicester residents.”

About Twin

Twin Group is an award winning and established provider of people-centred services covering employability, education and skills, and social cohesion. Operating across the UK and internationally since 1995, Twin designs and delivers effective support programmes on behalf of government, national, and regional commissioning partners to help people achieve success.

Workpays: delivering Restart Scheme in Corby, Northamptonshire and Kettering, Leicestershire

Helen Richardson CEO of Workpays, and recent recipient of an MBE, said: “We believe that everyone has untapped potential which is why our company moto is ‘small change, big difference’. Through the Restart Scheme we are excited about assisting thousands of people to develop their employability skills, preparing each participant for their progression in to lasting employment and celebrating their successes.”

About Workpays

Workpays helps people to access the skills & training needed to gain employment. We also provide Apprenticeship Support & Knowledge to parents, teachers & students and assist employers to develop their workforce through work-based learning and apprenticeships.

About Restart Scheme

The Restart Scheme offers Universal Credit claimants who have been out of work for 12 to 18 months support to find jobs in their area.  The scheme provides 12 months of tailored and community-based support for people who are long-term unemployed.  People on the innovative scheme will receive support to learn new skills, overcome barriers to work and gain access to vacancies to help them secure employment.  They will also be provided the opportunity to retrain to find work in growth sectors, gain professional accreditations and improve digital skills.

About Jobs 22

Jobs 22 is an ambitious new employability business founded by Catch22, a British charity, and the Angus Knight Group.  Based in Milton Keynes, Jobs 22 has strong roots in the East Central England region, with teams operating out of offices in Bedford, Boston, Cannock, Grantham, Litchfield, Lincoln, Luton, Northampton, Nuneaton, Rugby, Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands, Stratford-upon-Avon, Tamworth and North Warwickshire, Wellingborough and West Lindsey. 

Jobs 22’s Restart Scheme provision is designed to tackle specific barriers that unemployed people face in finding and retaining work in East Central England.  Its aim is to provide people with a professional, high quality, personalised and work experience that delivers to them a sense of pace and purpose in their efforts to find work. Jobs 22’s Restart Scheme contract will run for 4.5 years.

For more information, photography or to arrange an interview with one of our spokespeople, please contact:

Ruth Speakman

Communications at Jobs 22


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