Restart Scheme

About the Restart Scheme


The Restart Scheme will give individuals claiming Universal Credit in the IWSR* (for at least 12 months and up to 18 months) support to find jobs in their local area.

At the 2020 Spending Review, the chancellor allocated £2.9 billion for the new Restart Scheme, which will give Universal Credit claimants in the IWSR* (for at least 12 months and up to 18 months) support to find sustainable employment. The Restart Scheme will break down employment barriers that could be holding them back from finding work. Providers will work with employers, Local Government and other partners to deliver tailored support for individuals. 

Referrals will be made over a 3-year period and the Restart Scheme will benefit more than 1 million Universal Credit claimants who are expected to look for, and be available, to work but have no sustained earnings.   

The Restart Scheme will provide up to 12 months of tailored support for each participant. Early access can be considered on a case-by-case basis where conversations with a work coach suggest this is the most appropriate route for the individual. 

Commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the Restart Scheme will be delivered across England and Wales in 12 different Contract Package Areas (CPA). 

*Intensive Work Search Regime

About Serco’s Restart Scheme Delivery 

Along with our partners we are delighted to have been selected by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to deliver the Restart Scheme employability programme in 2 Contract Package Areas (CPA):  

CPA 1a - West Central (Black Country, Coventry, Greater Birmingham and Solihull, The Marches and Worcestershire) 

CPA 6 - Wales

10 years + We have been delivering employability programmes for more than 10 years

Our Approach

We are committed to supporting economic recovery post-Covid and are proud to be able to support the Government’s Plan for Jobs. As part of the Restart Scheme our programme will support participants on their journey to finding sustainable employment, enabling them to progress towards a more secure future. 

We are committed to partnership working, and our Restart Scheme offer combines the skills of the public, private and voluntary sectors. As lead provider and service integrator we are keen to help SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and innovative new entrants to the employability market, offering them the opportunity to grow their capacity.  

Our Partnership team has already engaged a wide range of stakeholders and service providers in each CPA, working together to design a service which meets the local skills and labour demand.  

Continuous improvement is at the heart of what we do and through the development of a Centre of Excellence we will make best use of data and research to create evidence-based practice which drives positive outcomes. This knowledge base will contribute to the advancement of the sector and the quality of employability programmes for the long term unemployed.