Restart Scheme

West Central

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 West Central (Black Country, Coventry, Greater Birmingham and Solihull, The Marches and Worcestershire). 

The Restart Scheme will give individuals in the West Central region claiming Universal Credit in the IWSR (for at least 9 months)* enhanced support to find jobs in their local area. 

The Restart Scheme will break down employment barriers that could be holding them back from finding work. In partnership with our network of employment Providers we will work with employers (including SMEs – small & medium-sized enterprises), Local Government and other partners to deliver tailored support for individuals.

*Individuals claiming Universal Credit and in the Intensive Work Search Regime for at least 9 consecutive months, with time in receipt of new style Jobseeker’s Allowance counting towards this.

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Our Providers

Groundwork West Midlands

Groundwork West Midlands is the community charity with a green heart. Our mission is to enable people to flourish, and to support the creation of sustainable environments through collaboration, behavioural change and practical action.

We are a charity working hard to transform lives in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities.

We are passionate in creating a future where every neighbourhood is vibrant and green, every community is strong and able to shape its own destiny and no-one is held back by their background or circumstances.

We help people gain confidence and skills, get into training and work, protect and improve green spaces, lead more active lives and overcome significant challenges such as poverty, isolation, low skills and poor health.

We are passionate about:

  • Creating better places & connections to the natural world
  • Improving peoples’ prospects & raising aspirations
  • Promoting healthier & greener choices

Business 2 Business (UK) Ltd

Founded in 1986 to provide highly accessible, community-based employment advice, Business 2 Business has since grown to become the Nationally-relevant, high performing, mainstream and BAME specialist employment and skills provider, it is today. Business 2 Business is currently on the DWP CAEHRS framework in every English region and has worked, as a prime provider and/or sub-contractor with numerous other employment and skills providers to deliver a wide range of DWP, ESFA, ESF and Big Lottery funded programmes. Business 2 Business’ current range of provision involves: 

  • Caseworker-facilitated employment support.
  • Sector, occupation or employer specific vocational routeways incorporating employer co-designed pre-employment training. 
  • English, maths, ICT and employability skills provision.
  • Health and well-being support.
  • Kick Start Gateway intermediary support.
  • Enterprise/start up support.

Working in partnership with community groups and local initiatives to deliver community-based solutions remains at the heart of our approach. Wherever we work, we also link with specialist providers and supplementary support services, to help participants with wider issues affecting their employability.

We have close relationships with 100s of employers, including numerous large employers such as Amazon and NHS that have sought our help repeatedly to meet their recruitment needs. By virtue of being an SME ourselves and through our links with the Chamber of Commerce, Business Services Association, Institute of Directors and the Federation of Small Businesses, we understand the needs of SMEs and can offer accessible recruitment support services, suited to SME employers, including start-ups.

We maintain a continual focus on quality, innovation and value for money for our funders. As such, we hold Investors in People (Gold), Disability Confident (Leader), Matrix accreditation, Cyber Essentials Plus, IEP Corporate Affiliate Member and we have been the Winners of the National Training Award.

Reed in Partnership

Reed in Partnership’s mission is to positively transform people and their communities.

We have been supporting jobseekers for over 20 years, helping hundreds of thousands of people to change their lives for the better through lasting employment.

We are experts at helping people to identify and overcome things that may be preventing them from finding employment. We do this together, in partnership, with a range of local services and providers to offer appropriate and impactful support to the people who need it most.


At Maximus, we combine innovation and experience to deliver a wide range of programmes that help individuals to find and remain in work. We’ve been delivering high-performing employment and skills programmes for more than 25 years across England, Scotland and Wales from large-scale national programmes to highly specialised initiatives at the heart of local communities.

Through our programmes we partner with more than 200 organisations, including charities, health providers and statutory services, to ensure we deliver tailored and effective support, no matter the barriers an individual faces. Our teams of employability experts help to reskill, retrain and give our customers the confidence they need to find work in new and different sectors.

Our strong heritage and expertise in clinical and disability services position Maximus as industry experts for supporting people with disabilities and health conditions to find, remain and progress in work. We’re incredibly proud to have supported more than 250,000 people into sustainable employment.


Ingeus UK delivers services to help people improve their employment, skills, health and wellbeing. Our mission is to enable better lives and we work with government and partners to drive social change and improve life chances. We have been delivering trusted and tailored solutions for customers and communities across the UK since 1997. Our 2,000 expert team members and hundreds of local partners work collaboratively to deliver a wide range of contracts including Work and Health Programme, National Citizen Service, Access to Work Mental Health Support Services, and NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

Ingeus UK is part of APM Group, a global human services and healthcare organisation with a network of more than 6,650 people across 10 countries. 

Walsall Works

Walsall Works is an award-winning team funded by Walsall Council to support local people to find jobs, apprenticeships and access training, while also supporting local businesses that are looking to expand and invest in their future workforce.

We have been delivering employability and job matching services to the people of Walsall since 2012 and through our strong relationships with local employers have been able to ensure that our residents are able to upskill and access rewarding long-term careers.

Our experienced employment advisors support a wide range of people across the borough and provide a tailored service that meets customer requirements. With specialisms including mental health, re-training for new sectors and helping those with additional needs, we have been able to deliver on Walsall Council’s aims of reducing inequalities and maximising potential.

Pathway Group

Pathway Group is a leading skills provider with a vision of changing lives through skills and work. For over 20 years, Pathway Group has been at the forefront of supporting individuals in upskilling and reskilling.

Pathway has a strong demonstrable track record of local service delivery with meaningful impact and has been recognised previously both under Work Programme and Flexible New Deal initiatives for Intraining for many years.

Seetec Pluss

Seetec Pluss is a leading provider of work and wellbeing employment services that inspires thousands of people to find and progress in work each year.

We work closely with our participants, commissioners, local communities and businesses to empower people to feel good, find work, gain independence and take control of their lives.

Standguide Limited

Founded in 1990, Standguide Limited continues to support hundreds of employers and thousands of participants per year, providing employment advice, funded qualifications and business mentoring and recruitment.

Standguide Limited’s comprehensive and successfully delivery portfolio includes employment, education and rehabilitation services UK-wide on behalf of the Department for Work & Pensions, Education & Skills Funding Agency, NHS and Ministry of Justice as well as local and combined authorities, both as a direct deliverer and through effective management of supply chain partners.


Workpays is a well respected training provider that works with businesses and individuals to deliver bespoke training programmes, which lead to recognised accredited qualifications and a workforce with enhanced skills.

We really believe in our motto, that ‘small changes make a real difference’ and this is non more evident than our outstanding record in working with NEETS ( young people that are Not IEducation, Employment or Training). This is a real passion for us and nothing makes us more proud than seeing disadvantaged individuals successfully taking the next steps on their career journey, progressing to employment or into full-time study.

Delivering these programmes are some of the brightest, passionate and experienced people in the industry. To ensure we consistently deliver high quality provision, we continuously invest in our people ensuring we nurture and support the talent that makes all this possible.

Shaw Trust

At Shaw Trust we believe everyone has the right to live a decent and dignified life and an opportunity for rewarding work. We are a social purpose organisation challenging inequality and breaking down barriers to enable social mobility.

Having grown from humble beginnings in 1982 in the village of Shaw in Wiltshire, finding jobs for disabled people, today we are a complex and diverse charity committed to employment as the core pathway to a better life.  For us being part of the solution is about creating the conditions for this to happen, advocating and delivering services that make a real difference. Working in partnership not competition, we are part of an eco-system of purpose-led organisations, striving for a fairer, more equal society centred on opportunity for all. Shaw Trust was founded on these principles more than 30 years ago, and for our 2,500 employees and 1,000 volunteers across the UK, they remain true.

Pilot IMS

Pilot IMS is a well-established and highly respected national training provider with many years of experience delivering Skills, Welfare and Youth programmes for public and private partners. We passionately believe in helping business to bring workplace skills to life and in developing individuals from all backgrounds to make the most of the opportunities available to them.

Our experienced, highly qualified, professional and engaging team has a strong reputation, that is evidenced through exceptional feedback from individuals, employers and commissioners. Pilots fantastic performance is achieved through staff dedication, commitment and loyalty.

We build long lasting and meaningful business relationships through the provision of high impact, flexible training & recruitment programmes, specialising in a number of priority sectors including, Logistic, Warehousing, Manufacturing, Engineering, Security, Spectator Safety and Business Management.

Enable (Shropshire Council)

Established in 1994 as a specialist mental health employment service, Enable has since expanded to include employment services for all disability groups. Our highly experienced Employment Officers support and advise people with disabilities or mental health needs to find work suited to their interests and skills. This allows us to assist people in their efforts to achieve sustainable employment in mainstream competitive jobs.

We work directly with both jobseekers and employers to find the right job for the right person. With over 20 years of experience, we have a proven track record of ensuring that clients find the career path that suits their interests and skills, ultimately providing employers with suitable candidates for the job.

We firmly believe that employment improves health and builds self-worth, as well as bringing financial and social independence. This is something that we work closely with each of our clients to achieve. With the help of innovative employment schemes and approaches, we constantly strive to perform above the national average.

City of Wolverhampton Council

City of Wolverhampton Council’s Skills Team has been delivering the hugely successful Wolves at Work project, which has supported over six thousand Wulfrunians into jobs, for over four years.

Our highly skilled Work Coaches offer a wide-ranging service, from supporting residents into employment opportunities sourced by our extensive employer engagement team, to providing a service to specialist groups such as graduates and those who need additional support to progress on their skills and employment journeys.

With links to training providers across the city, including those who provide apprenticeship opportunities, we will continue to encourage local people to improve their skills, to take advantage of new employment opportunities and to aim high.

We are proud to be part of the Restart Scheme in Wolverhampton and will be accepting participants from across the city, including Bilston, where we will have our main base in the historic Town Hall.

Steps To Work

Steps To Work believe that those with the biggest barriers deserve the most help to build a brighter future. 

As a charity with over 20 years' experience, they are committed to driving positive change within the communities they serve through the delivery of employment support services.

They support local unemployed residents to build their confidence, gain new skills, face their challenges, and ultimately obtain sustainable, rewarding and meaningful employment.

Over the last 5 years, their projects have support more than 8,200 people across the West Midlands, including...

  • Long-term unemployed
  • Those with a disability or long-term health condition
  • Those with mental ill health
  • Those who do not identify as their assigned birth gender
  • Ex-offenders
  • Lone parents
  • Armed Forces veterans
  • Those who are homeless