About Kennedy Scott

Kennedy Scott was founded by Teresa Scott OBE in 1989, with the aim of supporting people to achieve their potential and progress in their careers and lives. This mission remains central to the organisation and everyone who works for us. This is embodied by the fact that Teresa still leads the business today, giving us the continuity to build on our proud history but also the drive to continue to innovate and deliver the best possible quality of service to those we seek to help.

We are specialists in supporting those with the most complex barriers to find great jobs, where they can start to build successful careers. This includes our national DWP/ESF Prime Contract for Specialist Employability Support, where we serve those who require intensive and specialist advice and guidance that mainstream programmes do not deliver. We also deliver DWP/ESF Work Programme, DWP/ESF Work Choice, DWP/ESF Work and Health Programme, DWP/ESF Help to Work, DWP/ESF Journey2Work, Work Routes for Reed Mentoring , Elevate Berkshire for Reading Borough Council and OxForward for Oxfordshire County Council. We have strong rates of performance which have propelled us to the top of the league tables on the majority of our contracts.

This performance is built on our core delivery strengths, which include:

  • Intensive support for the individual – through our Circle of Support© model we bring together all the relevant parties in someone’s life to work collaboratively and share responsibility for their journey into work
  • Employing exceptional staff and investing in their development – Kennedy Scott is an Investors in People Gold Award organisation
  • Strong relationships with employers, particularly SMEs, to whom we offer a range of support services and advice

We are committed to maintaining this strong level of performance, while striving to find new ways to deliver even better services to those we support. We are on an ambitious growth footing, and are keen to work with those with the same aspirations and values.

We have also had the honour of winning the following awards:

  • ERSA Employability award 2015
  • Network She awards winner 2016
  • ERSA Employability award finalist 2016
  • ERSA Disability and Health Employment award finalist 2016
  • ERSA Employability finalist 2017