Friday, 7 June 2013

Jonty leaves A4e

Some time ago an anonymous tip told me that Jonty Olliff-Cooper was leaving A4e, but nobody could find out whether it was true or not.  But today, thanks to another anonymous tip, we have confirmation.  The website BrandRepublic tells us that:

"Jonty Olliff-Cooper has left back-to-work training provider A4e, where he was director of policy and strategy.  According to an A4e spokesman, Olliff-Cooper resigned and has decided to take a few months off before starting his next role.  Olliff-Cooper declined to comment."

Since I have no other information than that, I also decline to comment.  Except to say that I wonder whether his infamous tweets had anything to do with it.


19 comments:

  1. Interesting that this news is under the heading 'Lobbying'. Maybe they can't afford him anymore(financially and reputationally).

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  2. Maybe preparing to run for a recently vacant MP's position?(this is sarcasm,at least I hope so?) or is he jumping ship before the WP results are made public?

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  3. I wonder who will get that Position now its empty. Be very interesting to see who gets it.

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    1. Maybe that MP who was willing to represent Fiji and got rumbled on Panorama,will be willing to drop his standards even lower and represent A4E.

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  4. Sick of the Work Programme7 June 2013 at 06:43

    It must be true- just checked on his Twitter page, and there is no mention of him working for A4e. I have to say that it seems rather convenient for A4e's director of policy and strategy to have left shortly before the next release of the Work Programme figures is due (on 27th June).

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  5. How about the allegations against the Slough A4E workers...

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    1. That was well before Jonty's time.

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  6. So long then Jonty boy,
    Must say it's been nice not knowing you,
    And just think,
    I'd never know how to wipe my bottom,
    If it wasn't for you (and A4e).

    E. Thribb (aged 13 1/2)

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  7. http://www.opm.co.uk/achieving-the-best-of-both-worlds-a-summary-of-our-latest-public-interest-seminar/ This is interesting "Jonty Olliff-Cooper, a former Director at A4e and an expert on independent sector involvement in public services also felt that the scale of challenges public services face necessitates “a quantum leap, not incremental change.”

    He went on to point out that the comparison between the public and private sectors is not always fair and is often weighted in the advantage of private companies: “A core private sector value is strategy – choosing what things to do. Many public sector organisations can’t do this.” This latter point was echoed in questions from the floor, with one attendee pointing out that the public sector has to provide services that no private company would ever dream of becoming involved in. Another made the point that the private sector has more levers at their disposals to raise income than the public sector.
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    1. "the private sector has more levers at their disposals to raise income than the public sector"
      or translated into English:
      A4e can make money out of
      A) selling their customers' data.
      and
      B)taking introductory payments (kickbacks) from sending people on external training courses (c/f Learn Direct). and
      C) Milking the European Social Fund.

      Follow the money!

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  8. Farewell then Oliffe-Cooper,
    You may have seen the light,
    One last thing before you go go,
    Should I use my left hand,
    Or the right?

    E. Thribb (aged 13 1/2) again!

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  9. After surfing quite a few sites(Gov't MP's DWP,Charities,Ect Ect) there seems to be an underlying current of people/organisations starting to distance themselves from the WP,this is either just my personal dislike of the waste or are people starting damage control,before the statistics come out? I will be very surprised if the WP meets even the minimum targets,but part of me worries that they will skew the numbers in there favour in order to keep it running.

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  10. wonder if jonty will be claiming JSA for the 'few months break before he starts his next role'?

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    1. ... he would certainly be entitled to like anyone else, having paid his NI subs... but my guess would be that he won't. let's face it, the £71 he'd get wouldn't be worth the hassle. most of us only put up with it because we have to.

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    2. actually, i doubt he would be entitled. anyone with over 16k in assets is automatically excluded from claiming.

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  11. He should be fine for contribution-based JSA, although if he left his job voluntarily and without good reason, he may well face a 13 week sanction.

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    1. I wouldn't call it a sanction. It's always been the case that if you chucked your job you weren't entitled to whatever the benefit was then called for 13 weeks. Same difference, I suppose.

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  12. I'm aware it's always been the case. It is, however, explicitly included in the new (and old) sanctions regime as a sanction, so on that basis I'm fairly comfortable calling it one.

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