The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant labour market disruption. Industries that were a staple part of the United Kingdom’s economy have changed forever. These economic shifts have made it difficult for people to re-enter the workforce as their skills have become obsolete.

This is why the UK Government created the Restart Programme. The Restart programme will break down employment barriers and help people to find work. Providers will work with employers, local government and other partners to deliver tailored support for individuals.



The Collab Group Restart Programme

The Restart programme provides 12 months of tailored, community-based support for long-term unemployed people; it forms part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs to help people impacted by the pandemic. Collab Group colleges deliver the Restart programme through the CAEHRS Framework announced last year. The Restart programme will be delivered through a network of local authorities, social enterprises, further education colleges, and adult education providers.

Collab Group and its college members are key strategic partners in the Restart Programmes run by Maximus and Seetec. The three programmes span the following regions:

  • London East and South (Maximus)
  • South and West Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire (Maximus)
  • South West England (Seetec)

Collab Group colleges deliver services across this programme which include:

Education and Training Requirements

  • Direct Referrals to colleges - providing access to accredited and non-accredited training that supports Restart participants to progress towards work. This includes vocational training linked to specific local employers offering guaranteed interviews.
  • Spot purchase from Collab Group’s repository of online courses - providing access to hundreds of training courses via Collab Group’s online registry, built from across Collab Group colleges.


  • Co-located facilities for Seetec Pluss’s work coaches on college sites.

Our Partners


Seetec Pluss

Seetec delivers vocational training across a range of industries and levels, including professional and public services, transport and logistics and aviation engineering.



Maximus deliver employment and skills programmes across England, Scotland and Wales.



Ingeus helps governments and employers design and deliver services to solve complex challenges caused by social and technological change.

Case Studies

Check out these stories of apprentices that have found their passion for engineering and manufacturing.

Lillie Cooper

Lillie Cooper

A 16 year-old with a very clear career path

16-year-old Lillie, a former Chosen Hill pupil from Gloucester knew exactly what career path she wanted to take. She decided an apprenticeship would be the best option for her as it enabled her to learn from professionals at work, as well as the experienced lecturers at GC. Lillie is responsible for the assembly of CMB units and organising the company’s apprentices in order for assembly to be completed on time.

She’s learnt many skills already, including identifying and modifying components, testing procedures, contamination awareness and preventative measures; alongside transferable ones such as problem solving, time management, leadership and communication.