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Action for Employment

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many training and skills contracts her Department has with A4e; what percentage of people who have attended such A4e training and skills courses have been placed into permanent employment; who supervises and inspects sites where A4e are giving such courses; and if she will make a statement. (283289)

The Department currently has 47 contracts with A4e for the delivery of a range of welfare to work provision.

On those contracts where we count job outcomes, during the period 2008-09, 20 per cent. of people starting provision delivered by A4e have started work. Some customers, however, will still be on provision.

The delivery of provision is monitored by the Department and is also subject to external inspection by Ofsted in England, and Estyn in Wales. Areas for improvement identified at inspection are addressed through the Department’s contract management process.