Over 15,000 Unemployed People Set To Receive Support from Futures

4th May, 2021

Futures is thrilled to announce that we are part of the supply chain for the delivery of Restart – the Department for Work and Pension’s major new welfare-to-work programme supporting long-term unemployed people into work. We were awarded the contract by Maximus to work in Nottinghamshire.

Through the lifetime of the contract, approximately 130 new jobs will be created within the company, and support provided to over 15,000 people. This recent win will see us open a number of new centres including Worksop, Arnold and Newark, and expanding on our existing presence in Mansfield, making access to support easy.  

Paul Price-Hazlehurst, Interim CEO said, “Futures has been delivering support to unemployed people for over 25 years, winning this work, during the COVID pandemic provides us with an opportunity to support the country and its people out of this pandemic and into recovery. 

We believe that opportunity through work and training changes lives. We’re raring to get going with this new work alongside our partners across the area. I’m really pleased to be able to open centres in peoples’ local communities. Whilst COVID has moved a lot of work online, and access to some services are easier through technology, it remains a barrier for some. We look forward to welcoming people through our doors.” 

Despite the pandemic Futures has had a successful year, securing contracts worth in excess of £40m, which will be realised in the coming years. We intend to work with local partners and stakeholders, including our owner councils, Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire, embedding ‘Restart’ in communities, helping their recovery and growth. 

Ultimately, and most importantly, is what these wins mean for the people and employers we support. We can extend our reach, see different people with different, and in some cases very complex needs. We’ve never been more committed to improving the lives of people through advice, work and training. 

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