Skills Work: Supporting DWP Restarts

When the new £12.9 billion Restart scheme was announced late last year as part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs, it was a welcome lifeline for those who have been significantly impacted by the pandemic, particularly those who have been out of work for a sustained period.

The scheme promises to break down barriers to employment and will be commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), with providers invited to bid for the scheme.

There is a clear focus as part of the DWP contracting framework for providers to demonstrate how they are delivering a SMART action plan within 8 weeks of referral and providing each individual learner with a diagnostic assessment within 8 weeks of referral, with ongoing updates.

We can help

For those looking to engage with DWP Restart contracts, we can help give your bid the edge!

Our leading employability assessment and development tool, Skills Work, was designed in line with the key employability skills sought by employers as identified by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), and is endorsed by the Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP) to truly support the development of meta-skills and employability skills needed for a modern workforce.

Skills Work overview

  • A psychometric employability skills test that will quickly, accurately and objectively measure a learner’s core employability skills and identify strengths and weaknesses.
  • Provides a skills plan tailored and personalised to your learners, based on the areas identified for further development.
  • Includes interactive resources including video tutorials, practice skills, interactive games and summative assessments which support the development of key employability skills.
  • Fantastic feature of progress tracking where tutors can accurately track learner progress and distance travelled from the start to the end of their course to support planning and impact measurement.

To find out more about how our solutions can support you email the team directly on

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