Serco announced preferred bidder for two Work Programme contracts
Date: 01 Apr 2011
Serco Group plc (Serco), the international service company, today announces that it has been selected as a preferred bidder for the Work Programme by the UK Government's Department for Work and Pensions.
We have been named as a prime contractor in two areas: Coventry, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and The Marches (West Midlands); and South Yorkshire (Yorkshire and the Humber). Through a strong network of public, private and voluntary sector providers, Serco will support jobseekers into sustainable employment.
Serco will use its supply chain management expertise to support and challenge its network. This includes providing a robust contract management and quality assurance regime, financial management, technology infrastructure, implementation and logistics expertise and capacity-building support. Our proven approach as a prime contractor will ensure we help our providers to develop and build the best support for jobseekers.
Under Flexible New Deal, the current employment programme, Serco has contracts in three areas (Wales, West Midlands and Greater Manchester) and, with our network of 72 public, private and voluntary sector providers, has already successfully supported the entry of over 20,000 people into sustainable employment.
Christopher Hyman, Chief Executive of Serco Group, said: "We are pleased to be helping deliver Britain's biggest employment programme. By integrating the technical expertise of small back-to-work providers, and matching them to the needs of individuals, we have already had a high success rate in helping thousands of people to find jobs. Our approach ensures that the voluntary and community sectors can participate fully in the Welfare to Work market. And we see further opportunities to apply our partnering approach to other areas, as we help our customers in the UK and across the world tackle their financial and operational challenges."
For further information please contact Serco:
Stuart Ford, Head of Investor Relations T +44 (0) 208 334 4122
Dominic Cheetham, Director of Corporate Communications T +44 (0) 208 334 4334
Marcus De Ville, Head of Media Relations T +44 (0) 208 334 4388
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