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A4e is to implement Israel’s first welfare-to-work programme, aimed at reducing Israel’s unemployment and benefit dependency.

Building on over 20 years’ experience in delivering innovative programmes for the UK Government’s welfare-to-work strategy such as the New Deal, A4e will implement a two-year pilot in Jerusalem in partnership with Israeli firm, Aman.

A4e also brings a wealth of experience in business support, workforce development, and services for the financially excluded and for the childcare sector to the Israeli government.

A4e Group Chief Executive, Mark Lovell, said, “I am delighted at A4e’s success in this bid round for such an important social project in Israel. We have spent 12 months working in the country and listening to people involved in the welfare reforms. We have received huge support and a great welcome from the Israeli people and our partner organizations.

“After speaking with Mr. Netanyahu at the Bidder’s Conference, I was convinced that A4e would be able to add value to reform programme-there are commonalities between the challenges faced by the Israeli and British economies over the last decade. The contract is the first overseas work to be carried out by A4e and marks the start of an international expansion strategy to work in areas where there are disadvantaged communities around the world. For its successful bid in Israel A4e combined its expertise in supporting unemployed people into work with focused job creation and business support strategies. Jerusalem has similarities to areas like Manchester. Similarly we will be operating in an environment that has a high level of unemployment, high welfare costs, a diverse population, higher incidence of poverty and declining traditional industry. In our bid we have used our experience across business support and welfare services to develop an approach that works with both welfa
re recipients and employers to stimulate job creation,” says Mark Lovell.

Working with a broad range of local stakeholders, A4e has used its long-term experience of welfare provision and extensive period of research work in Israel to develop proposals to specifically support benefit recipients in Jerusalem. Community engagement, sustainable job creation strategies and individually tailored solutions to address barriers to employment all form critical components of the pilot programme. Initially 3,500 unemployed households will take part in the Jerusalem programme.

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Caption: A4e CEO Mark Lovell meets Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who expressed confidence in the successful roll out of his Government’s Pilot welfare to work programme at a signing ceremony on Tuesday 1 February.

About A4e:
A4e was founded in 1986 to provide re-training and new career opportunities to workers from traditional industries in decline in an area of exceptionally high unemployment.

A4e now operates from over 100 locations across the UK and is recognised as one of the UK’s premier organisations in the delivery of social change on behalf of Government.

It has twice won awards in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 Index and Inner City 100 index, being awarded second place in the Inner City 100 in 2003.

Since 1997 it has delivered over £230m of welfare to work programmes. 4,000 new participants start A4e’s adult welfare to work programmes every month and A4e moves one participant off benefits into work every 10 minutes across the UK. A4e will turnover £70m in 2004/05.

A4e Group has six divisions operating in different markets including services for:
· Employment, welfare & training
· Education & Childcare
· Business support
· Regeneration
· Fund Management Services
· Financial exclusion and benefits.

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