A4e would rather keep quiet about A4e Transitions. No ‘fairy jobmother’ style documentaries have been made about this shadowy shower of corporate slime.
This offshoot of A4e are involved in providing ‘outplacement services’ and ‘change management’ for companies who want to sack staff.
Instead of money going into people’s redundancy packages, companies spend money with A4e to help them maintain ‘productivity and morale’ whilst laying off workers. There is no pretence that this service is to be used for any other reason than to protect the ‘reputational risk’ companies face when carrying out ‘outplacement’.
Whilst hiring A4e Transitions to lay off staff may help some managers sleep at night, the results for the actual workforce are predictably dreadful. When Corus wanted to lay off 500 staff in 2009, A4e were brought in to ‘manage change’. Their own figures show that a only a meagre 35% were in employment six months later. Newly unemployed workers are generally seen as the easiest people to quickly place back in employment. That A4e failed to do this not only shows that they are inept, but blows apart the myth that unemployment is caused by laziness or the workshy.
If only 35% of skilled workers can find employment within 6 months of becoming unemployed this clearly demonstrates what is blatantly obvious to anyone in that position – there are no fucking jobs.
This whole racket is good business in more ways than one for A4e Transitions who boast that they have 250 offices throughout the country aimed at helping people into work. What they don’t mention is that these offices are funded by the tax payer via Government contracts such as the Work Programme. The conflict of interest is clear. It is in A4e’s interests to encourage companies to lay off as many staff as possible, because they get paid again by the state when those staff are referred onto the Work Programme.
Every worker laid off by the likes of Corus who gains work can be claimed as another ‘Job Outcome’ on their various Government contracts. They even have the nerve to boast about this. When the Trelleborg factory in Newtown, Wales closed down A4e were brought in to manage the havoc this caused in workers lives. 58 staff were laid off, people who A4e claim were “experienced, highly skilled supervisors, managers, finance and administration staff”.
Despite this less than half of them were in work six months later. Far more damning however is A4e’s admission that 9 of these people went on to training through “through A4e’s funded programme for the newly unemployed.”
That’s funded by the Government incidentally, not some humanitarian gesture from multi-millionaire Emma Harrison. That A4e have the gall to claim this as a success for their ‘outplacement’ scheme is staggering. Whilst the bosses of Trelleborg very likely no longer gave a fuck, this is hardly a successful outcome for the people forced to attend one of A4e’s shit training courses, quite possibly under threat of benefit sanctions.
The only people this was a success for was A4e themselves who have managed to turn unemployed people into a commodity. By getting their foot in the door when lay offs happen, they can pick up all those newly unemployed workers, put them through the books and claim fat fees from the Government and the bosses alike. If they should happen to find work, usually under there own steam, A4e get to pick up a successful job outcome fee. If they don’t, well not to worry, A4e have already been paid once by the company to help lay them off. They still get paid again by the Government even if they don’t find work, just not quite as much.
A4e claim on their fake fluffy website that they are improving people’s lives. The only lives they are improving are the likes of recently departed Emma Harrison who trousered nearly £9 million then got out whilst the going was still good to spend more time with her money.
With the Work Programme and assorted schemes looking flakier by the day, A4e are looking for new ways to rip off the tax payer. They now claim on their website that they can help governments with difficult problems such as ‘multi-generational unemployment; youth unemployment; poverty; deprivation; poor health and low life expectancy; high crime and substance misuse’.
It seems wherever there is misery, the vultures of A4e hover in the background in the hope they can make a quick buck on the back of it. Human tragedy should never mean private profit, although it all too often does. The immoral and corrupt practices of A4e shows all too well what happens when private sector sharks are unleashed to provide public services.
A4e Transitions have a barely updated twitter page @a4etransitions or they can be contacted via this page: http://www.a4etransitions.com/contact-us/