KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) UK staff
have volunteered to mentor the first wave of employee-led mutuals
that are being spun off from the UK government.

The Pathfinder programme consists of 12 public
sector spin-offs that will be run by entrepreneurial public sector
staff.

According to the UK Cabinet Office, the
Pathfinders will help the government establish what type of support
and structures will best enable the development of employee-led
mutuals on an ongoing basis.

The Pathfinders will be supported by mentors
from some of the UK’s most successful businesses and leaders in
employee ownership models, such as professional services firm.

The mentors have offered their support for
free and will help the Pathfinders develop a range of sustainable,
efficient and pioneering employee-led services.

The Pathfinder projects include:

  • The creation of a social enterprise for
    delivering housing support services to vulnerable people in
    Mansfield;
  • The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
    working with employees to examine the potential for different
    models of employee led youth support services;
  • Teaching and administrative staff planning to
    set up a Trust to run Newton Rigg Agricultural College in Cumbria;
    and.
  •  The integration of Community Health and
    Adult Social Services in Swindon into a cooperative.