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"Prime Contracting" and Improving People's Lives:  An International Perspective on Large Scale Skills Delivery P...
A4e: In ten seconds  <ul><li>Mission:  Improving People’s Lives </li></ul><ul><li>Ethos:  Doing well by doing good </li></...
Background <ul><li>A4e launched in 1991  </li></ul><ul><li>A4e is now an 8.1 billion INR company  </li></ul><ul><li>Employ...
A4e’s Services – 5 Pillars <ul><li>Employment and welfare </li></ul><ul><li>Education, skills and vocational training </li...
<ul><li>Welfare to work programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits management and in work support.  </li></ul><ul><li>Social ca...
Crime & justice Poverty & financial exclusion Health services Welfare to work services Economic development Advice & guida...
Background to the Prime Contracting Model  <ul><li>Piloted by A4e in 2003 to address market failure in vocational training...
Prime Contracting: Partnerships = Success <ul><li>Government </li></ul>Individuals Organisations Prime Contractor
Why “Prime Contract”? <ul><li>Three drivers underpin Prime Contracting strategy: </li></ul><ul><li>Scalable </li></ul><ul>...
How could Prime Contracting help?  <ul><li>A Prime Contractor can be responsible for skills development activity on a regi...
How could Prime Contracting help?  <ul><li>Prime Contractors increase the ability of awarding bodies such as City and Guil...
Summary  <ul><li>Significant skills challenges in India if it is to realise its growth potential </li></ul><ul><li>Commitm...
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  1. 2. &quot;Prime Contracting&quot; and Improving People's Lives: An International Perspective on Large Scale Skills Delivery Programmes. Roy Newey Executive Director
  2. 3. A4e: In ten seconds <ul><li>Mission: Improving People’s Lives </li></ul><ul><li>Ethos: Doing well by doing good </li></ul><ul><li>Business : Running front line public services </li></ul><ul><li>Market: International public service reform </li></ul><ul><li>Market entry strategy: Gaps, pilots, market failures </li></ul><ul><li>Delivering: High quality, value for money, high performing services </li></ul><ul><li>A4e – an organisation with a social mission </li></ul>
  3. 4. Background <ul><li>A4e launched in 1991 </li></ul><ul><li>A4e is now an 8.1 billion INR company </li></ul><ul><li>Employs 2,500 people across 160 locations </li></ul><ul><li>One of the world’s largest providers of welfare, vocational training and employment services on behalf of Governments </li></ul><ul><li>Operating in EU, Middle East, Africa and Australasia </li></ul><ul><li>Range of transferable models and labour market interventions applicable to Indian context </li></ul>
  4. 5. A4e’s Services – 5 Pillars <ul><li>Employment and welfare </li></ul><ul><li>Education, skills and vocational training </li></ul><ul><li>Enterprise and entrepreneurship </li></ul><ul><li>Exclusion and advice to the disadvantaged </li></ul><ul><li>Export and international services </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Welfare to work programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits management and in work support. </li></ul><ul><li>Social care and public health </li></ul><ul><li>Programmes of work with employers to stimulate employment development ‘Justice’ services </li></ul><ul><li>Financial inclusion and GFA services </li></ul><ul><li>Information, advice and guidance services </li></ul><ul><li>Careers advice </li></ul><ul><li>Brokerage services </li></ul><ul><li>Legal aid </li></ul><ul><li>Business start up programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Self employment advice </li></ul><ul><li>Consultancy support to SMEs </li></ul><ul><li>Also includes services to govt departments – fund management, programme management and supplier chain development </li></ul><ul><li>Vocational training for young people </li></ul><ul><li>Adult skills & workforce development </li></ul><ul><li>Retraining & support for offenders </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative curriculum for school children </li></ul><ul><li>Services to schools & colleges </li></ul><ul><li>On-line learning </li></ul><ul><li>Development of ALMP and other front line public services in developing and developed economies </li></ul><ul><li>Long term business model to develop footprint and then diversify service offer </li></ul>CONSUMER
  6. 7. Crime & justice Poverty & financial exclusion Health services Welfare to work services Economic development Advice & guidance Education & childcare Vocational training “ Wraparound” services to customers Legal help Market Context Service Offer
  7. 8. Background to the Prime Contracting Model <ul><li>Piloted by A4e in 2003 to address market failure in vocational training </li></ul><ul><li>Initially small scale, with focus on increasing competition, driving quality, making vocational training more responsive to employer needs </li></ul><ul><li>Pilots experienced considerable success, receiving international accolades. Perceived as model of best practice for roll out. </li></ul><ul><li>Since 2004 experienced rapid growth of Prime Contractor model in both vocational training and “welfare to work” sectors </li></ul><ul><li>Now A4e is largest welfare to work Prime Contractor in the UK </li></ul><ul><li>A4e is also one of the largest Prime Contractors for vocational training </li></ul><ul><li>Exporting Model to international markets </li></ul>
  8. 9. Prime Contracting: Partnerships = Success <ul><li>Government </li></ul>Individuals Organisations Prime Contractor
  9. 10. Why “Prime Contract”? <ul><li>Three drivers underpin Prime Contracting strategy: </li></ul><ul><li>Scalable </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Delivers Value for Money </li></ul>
  10. 11. How could Prime Contracting help? <ul><li>A Prime Contractor can be responsible for skills development activity on a region-wide basis </li></ul><ul><li>The Prime Contractor, responsible for the quality and performance of training providers across a Region provides clarity, consistency & continuity </li></ul><ul><li>The Model can integrate the two streams of general education and vocational training around the needs of employers. </li></ul><ul><li>The Model helps Governments to decentralise skills training institutions such as the Industrial Training Institutes </li></ul><ul><li>Prime Contractors can be better placed to respond to gaps in supply, e.g. particular towns or cities with fewer training providers </li></ul>
  11. 12. How could Prime Contracting help? <ul><li>Prime Contractors increase the ability of awarding bodies such as City and Guilds (who we work with in the UK) to reach a larger target audience </li></ul><ul><li>The Prime Contractor introduces a rigorous focus on results. </li></ul><ul><li>The Model delivers substantial economies of scale through large scale commissioning and contracting. </li></ul><ul><li>The Model also encourages small local organisations and NGOs to thrive, because they do not have the substantial regulatory burden of contracting directly with Government </li></ul><ul><li>Prime Contractors can quickly introduce new Government / Industry priorities or policy directives. </li></ul>
  12. 13. Summary <ul><li>Significant skills challenges in India if it is to realise its growth potential </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment and investment to increase vocational training </li></ul><ul><li>The Prime Contracting route is one model that may increase the impact and performance of vocational training </li></ul><ul><li>Prime Contracting offers a number of potential benefits, particularly flexibility, scalability and value for money </li></ul><ul><li>A4e offers experience and expertise of implementing the Prime Contractor model in international markets </li></ul><ul><li>A4e is committed to supporting the skills agenda in India </li></ul>
  13. 14. “ I would welcome feedback, thoughts and ideas on the presentation”

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