Work and Health Programme

Delivery partners

Approximately 50% of our services

are delivered through public, private and third sector partners

Collaborating with partners

to drive service excellence and innovation

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 new programme provides an opportunity for local providers to collaborate to create positive futures for local people, their families and their communities.

About us

Working Links is an experienced prime provider of employability programmes. Since 2000, we’ve delivered hundreds of different programmes to help more than 350,000 long-term unemployed people, including those with health conditions and disabilities or other often complex needs, to find suitable, sustainable work.

We’re currently the only provider to run the Work Programme in England, Wales and Scotland, and we deliver Work Choice to help people with complex health conditions on their journey to employment in five regions across England and Wales. These two programmes will be replaced by the new Work and Health Programme.

We are passionate about delivering excellent front-line public services, addressing challenges faced by local communities, and delivering real value for money.

Our experience demonstrates that the key to achieving service excellence is to work in partnership with a diverse, ambitious and innovative network of like-minded organisations to help us to maximise people’s potential and support the communities they live and work in.

Partnering with Working Links

Around 50% of our services are delivered through our public, private and voluntary sector partners, and we are looking to build on our trusted partner network to jointly bid for the Work and Health Programme. We are seeking partners who share our values and ethos and can deliver best practice to support our customers. We have a rigorous selection process to determine the most appropriate organisations to help us in achieving positive outcomes for those we support.

Our supportive and inclusive partnership approach led us to be one of the first providers to be accredited with the Merlin Standard, which sets out a standard of behaviour in supply chain management, and we are delighted to have been awarded a Merlin accreditation rating of ‘excellent’ in 2016. We actively involve our partners in designing and delivering exciting new delivery models that will positively impact on our customers.

By partnering with Working Links you can benefit from:

  • A network of like-minded partner organisations providing mutual benefit and shared knowledge, with opportunities to advance your own organisation’s work
  • A value-based culture of respect, honesty and mutual support
  • A wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise in the industry
  • Robust supply chain management and ethical procurement systems
  • Greater opportunities to help more individuals, families and communities
  • A wider reach into excluded groups and communities, through our infrastructure and funding base
  • Greater political influence, helping shape policy through involvement in debates and research

Current opportunity

We are looking to build new relationships with partners who feel they have a great service to offer, whether that is engagement, information, advice and guidance (IAG), training, support services or employment related services which could complement our existing supply chain.

We are particularly interested in hearing from specialist organisations who have experience in delivering specific interventions to marginalised groups.

For more information and to register your interest in partnering with us for the Work and Health Programme please complete our expression of interest form and return to us at workwithus@workinglinks.co.uk.

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