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A mix  of the responses that we have received;

WHAT ABOUT KEY INDUSTRY ISSUES:

  • “Having now read both the Framework and the Delivery Pipeline I am deeply disappointed that the Survey (Delivery Pipeline report) concentrated on awareness of procurement rounds and excluded some of the key issues facing the industry”

WHAT ABOUT SME & 3rd SECTOR:

  • “The report seemed skewed and appeared to be mainly a pitch by umbrella organisations for future work from DWP rather than addressing the needs of providers particularly SME and 3rd sector who are the real frontline delivery engine for the sustainability of the sector”

ESF:

  • The Work Programme may be used by the DWP as match for its ESF Co-financing arrangements and where this applies Work Programme providers will be required to meet a range of ESF requirements”. …..ESF funding is an absolutre nightmare to manage.. the paperwork is so pedantic and the match funding element well! BRACE YOURSELVES!!

OUR OWN SURVEY:

  • “I would suggest that we need to develop a survey of all providers but mainly the third tier providers and prepare a report to submit to DWP to at least enable them to get our views .”

OUR OWN ASSOCIATION:

  • “Given that there is no visible voice it might be worthwhile forming an association of third tier providers as the current umbrella organisations do not appear to represent our views and have been infiltrated by the PRIMES or soon to be SUBPRIMES.

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These are some of the responses that we have received.

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The Not-For-Profit Ixion Holdings Ltd Group, led by Ixion CG Ltd, is implementing cutting-edge academic and field based research across its companies to inform its effective delivery of welfare to work provision. New motivational psychometrics and coaching & questioning techniques are being implemented to prevent inter-generational worklessness ahead of the implementation of the DWP’s new Work Programme.



As part of Anglia Ruskin University, Ixion CG has direct access to International Quality research, with Anglia Ruskin University being rated as “the UK’s top-rated psychology department in a new university for the quality of their research.”[1]

Controlled trials across the United States, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, the UK and Europe have compared the value and experience of “Individual Placement and Support” (IPS) participants with more traditional “train & place” methods which provided vocational training and job preparation before looking for competitive placement.

Whilst Individual Placement and Support has traditionally been implemented with chronic mental health and behavioural issues, the key tenets – and results – can deliver considerable results across most demographics. Whilst this commonality will be essential under the single Work Programme, it is particularly pertinent for the 500,000+ beneficiaries[1] with less chronic mental health issues (such as depression) on Incapacity Benefit. This group will surely be a target of Ian Duncan-Smith, Chris Grayling and David Freud’s drive to “encourage” specific groups back to work through support and a reduced ‘benefits cushion’.

“Our revised approach incorporates motivational psychometrics and coaching techniques to re-invigorate beneficiaries and address two of the key barriers to employment: a lack of confidence and a perceived lack of support.” Vice President of Ixion CG Ltd, Darren Coppin said.

For the Full Press release and for further details Contact Amanda Planting, Group Head of Communications

07887 832 832; amanda.planting@computergym.co.uk

[1] Of the 2,500,000 Incapacity Benefit Claimants in early 2010, 40% (1m) were due to Mental & Behavioural Issues (ONS 2006). The Sainsbury Centre estimate that 1-2% of the UK working population endure chronic/severe mental health issues (ca 450,000), thus over ½ million less severe sufferers on IB.

[1] 80% of Anglia Ruskin University’s research was rated as being of “International Quality”, with 45% of research activity judged to be either “World Leading” or “Internationally Excellent” in terms of originality, significance and rigour. The Research Assessment Exercise was conducted by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

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