The Football League Trust will work with A4e, Avanta and Working Links as a sub-contractor on the Government's new Work Programme, commencing in the summer of 2011.This seven year programme will replace existing programmes such as the Future Jobs Fund and Flexible New Deal in an attempt by the Government to simplify provision and streamline services.
Having established a reputation in helping young unemployed people back to work through its Future Jobs Fund programme, The Trust has been selected to work in the North West, East Midlands, South East, East London, South West and South Yorkshire delivering courses that can motivate people into the work place.
"22 of our Football League Community Trusts will be involved in the Work Programme", Mike Evans, National Project Manager of The Football League Trust told football-league.co.uk. "We are developing an excellent reputation for our educational work and training, which has led to this opportunity to join the programme and work with three new partners in A4e, Avanta and Working Links."
The Government announced the full results of the bidding process for the Work Programme last Friday, which will see around 20 Prime Contractors deliver back to work initiatives for the long term unemployed across England, Scotland and Wales.Around 40 of The Football League Trust's members had hoped to be involved, but their selection was very much down to the Prime Contractors' bids rather than their own.
"We sent the same message to every Prime Contractor in every region," said Evans,"that our Community Trusts across the country were able to deliver this challenging programme within the tight budgets demanded.They took this message to the Department of Work and Pensions, who have chosen to try different solutions in every region to encourage competition.We will seek, as ever, to over deliver on our commitments and ensure more of our Community Trusts can join the programme in the coming years."