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Seasonal Workers: Pilot Schemes

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 185332, tabled on 21 April 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that licenses are granted in a timely manner to operators of the Seasonal Workers Pilot Scheme.

Answered on

29 April 2021

Defra is seeking two new scheme operators, who will join the current operators (Concordia and Pro-Force Limited) in operating the extended and expanded Seasonal Workers Pilot for 2021.

Selecting the additional operators is a two-stage process. Defra conducts the first stage, via a Request for Information exercise. The organisations selected are then endorsed by Defra to apply to the Home Office for the relevant sponsor licence.

Defra is working closely with the Home Office to deliver a good outcome for the sector and we hope to say more on this very soon.