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Standguide Call for Supply Chain Partners for DWP CAEHRS
Standguide Limited DWP Commercial Agreement for the Provision of Employment and Health Related Services (CAEHRS) Supplier Framework Expression of Interest

Standguide Limited intend to tender for delivery of provision under the DWP Commercial Agreement for the Provision of Employment and Health Related Services (CAEHRS). As such, we are seeking expressions of interest from potential partner organisations to join our supply chain partner framework. 

We are particularly keen to hear from Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Voluntary and Community Organisations (VCOs), although we welcome applications from organisations of all sizes and types. As part of our SME / VCO commitment, as a minimum, SME and VCO applicants will be provided with individualised feedback on their application.

CAEHRS has been developed to support the delivery of the Governments strategic objectives over the next 5 years to support individuals to access, retain and progress in employment. This is to support the DWP (and government) vision ‘To deliver a modern, fair and affordable welfare system that makes a positive difference to citizens’ lives by extending opportunity, strengthening personal responsibility and enabling fulfilment of personal potential. A transforming welfare system with service delivered in a sustainable and effective way whilst reducing costs and achieving value for money for UK taxpayers’. CAEHRS Call-Offs will include a range of support and provision that is designed to support and complement non-contracted support, for example Jobcentre Plus.

This will be to:
Support people into or to stay in workLift people out of poverty through work and to progress in work
Reduce dependency on benefits
Allow and enable everyone to gain meaningful employment.

Standguide Limited have been delivering DWP provision for 30 years and are already a leading provider nationally for delivery of the DWP Dynamic Purchasing System.

If you are interested in joining our supply chain partner framework, please click complete this EOI and return it to   subcontracting@standguide.co.uk by 23.59pm on Wednesday the 15th of July 2020.

To access our EOI, please click HERE.

If you have any queries regarding completion of this EOI please contact  subcontracting@standguide.co.uk
Twin Call for Supply Chain Partners for DWP CAEHRS

Twin Employment and Training (TET) is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from potential supply chain partners for the DWP Provision of Employment and Health Related Services (CAEHRS) from 2020 to 2025.

CAEHRS is designed to support the provision of Employment and Health related programmes and will be available for use across government and other public sector contracting authorities, all of which are identified in the contract notice.

With the changes in economic conditions triggered by the impact of COVID-19 this is likely to become a key area of strategic focus for all these organisations over the short and potentially medium term.

Alongside a strong track record of local service integration, potential partners must be able to demonstrate an innovative approach to the Lots that they seek to deliver to, as well as high performing provision with specialist cohorts in the following lots:

• Central England (Lot 1)
• North East England (Lot 2)
• North West England (Lot 3)
• Southern England (Lot 4)
• London & Home Counties (Lot 5)
• Wales (Lot 6)
• Scotland (Lot 7)

Key areas of support and delivery

• Employability
• Criminal Justice and Offender Related Services
• Health and Wellbeing Related Services
• Education and Skills
• Careers and Advice Services
• Enterprise and Business Support
• Youth
• Housing
• Addictions
• Labour Market Intelligence and Employment Related Data Services

Customer groups include:

BME groups/ Ex-military personnel/ Ex-offenders/ Faith based/ Gangs/ Graduates/ Homeless people/ Lone parents/ Male offenders/ Over 25s/ Over 50s/ People who are drug or alcohol misusers/ People who are hearing impaired/ People who are visually impaired/ People with autism/ People with learning difficulties/ People with mental health needs/ People with other physical health conditions/ Professionals/ executives/ Refugees/ asylum seekers/ Whole families/ Young people (NEET)/ Travellers.

Special Note:As part of our commitment to local communities we are particularly interested in hearing from you if you are from the voluntary, CIC or charity sector.

If these DWP programmes are of interest to your organisation, please complete our short EOI form and return to businessdevelopment@twinuk.com by mid-night 14th July.

EOI’s received after this time will not be accepted, please include the name of your organisation in the file name when returning your EOI.

If you have any difficulties completing this EOI or have any other questions please contact us here, businessdevelopment@twinuk.com

Jobs22 Call for Supply Chain Partners for DWP CAEHRS
Charity and social business Catch22 and Australian employment company Angus Knight have teamed up to create a new venture – Jobs 22 and are now looking to establish partnerships from across the UK.

Jobs 22 will design programmes, using the experience of Catch22 and Angus Knight, to help those who face barriers to employment find work. 

Angus Knight provides employment and training for individuals and communities across Australia. Their hugely successful work with the charity Life without Barriers, uses technology and highly personalised support to help disabled people, and those with injuries, return to work. 

 Chris Wright, Chief Executive Officer of Catch22, said: 
“Catch22 has a strong track record of delivering employability contracts and working with vulnerable communities to help them find work. This new venture allows us to take our local knowledge and experience in delivery and the expertise of Angus Knight, to help rescue the thousands of people who find themselves jobless in the current climate.” 

 “There is a great fit between the organisations; we share the same values and are absolutely committed to helping young people through this current crisis – and beyond.” 

Angus Knight Group Chairman, Michael Hobday, said: 
“Angus Knight Group is very excited to be joining with Catch22, a well respected and experienced provider of services across the UK in forming Jobs 22. The UK is entering a difficult period where many talented people will be seeking a job. Jobs 22 will be there to assist and support them to quickly re-enter the work force. We believe that no one organisation has all the answers to getting people back to work, that’s where Jobs 22 will be different, it will bring together the strengths of both the for profit and not for profit sector to get Britain working again.” 

Jobs 22 are now seeking to establish a framework of providers through our Expression of Interest that will help us to support the thousands of people who find themselves jobless due to the Covid 19 pandemic. As a response to this the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are creating a framework called the Commercial Agreement for the provision of Employment and Health Related Services (CAEHRS). 

CAEHRS will run for 5 years and will be used to facilitate the provision of employment and health related services on behalf of the government and other contracting bodies such as Local Authorities across England, Scotland and Wales. 

Jobs 22 are committed to working with partners from public, private and third sector who will ensure that our services recognise and reflect the local needs, priorities and strategies and meet the needs of all customers; whilst ensuring that we provide value for money to the tax payer.

If you would like to join Jobs22 please visit https://www.catch-22.org.uk/our-services/partnerships/

Completed responses must be received by COB on the 21st of July 2020.
For an informal chat or to learn more about Jobs 22 please contact Elizabeth Armstrong – Partnership Lead on 07921 802 165. 
ESFA Business Update – Issue 58 (July 2020)

In this edition of Business Update, our round-up of business-critical news and information from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA):

  1. Chancellor summer economic update
  2. The forgotten 50%: Why further education is vital to economic recovery

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To access support, you can search for apprenticeships on GOV.UK or call 08000 150 600. To find out more about how employers are using apprenticeships to benefit their business, visit our Hire an Apprentice page and our YouTube channel.

1. Chancellor summer economic update

Yesterday (Wednesday 8 July) Chancellor Rishi Sunak gave a speech to introduce the Plan for Jobs, the Government’s second phase in the economic response to coronavirus.

A total of £1.6 billion will be invested in scaling up apprenticeships, traineeships and employment support schemes to help people looking for a job. Young people, amongst the worst hit by the crisis, will benefit from this. Investment includes:

1.1 Apprenticeships

A new payment of £2,000 to employers in England for each new apprentice they hire aged under 25, and a £1,500 payment for each new apprentice they hire aged 25 and over, from 1st August 2020 to 31st January 2021.

These payments will be in addition to the existing £1,000 payment for new 16-18 year-old apprentices, and those aged under 25 with an education, health and care plan (EHC).

1.2 Traineeships

An additional £111 million this year for traineeships in England, enough to triple participation in traineeships. The government will fund employers who provide trainees with work experience at a rate of £1,000 per trainee and expand eligibility for traineeships to those with Level 3 qualifications and below.

1.3 National Careers Service

An additional £32 million funding over the next two years for the National Careers Service so that 269,000 more people in England can receive personalised advice on training and work.

1.4 Job retention

A Job Retention Bonus – a one-off payment of £1,000 to UK employers for every furloughed employee who remains continuously employed through to the end of January 2021.

Construction talent A Construction Talent Retention Scheme to support the redeployment of workers at risk of redundancy and help retain construction skills.

Other announcements include:

  • £101 million for the 2020-21 academic year to give all 18-19 year olds in England the opportunity to study Level 2 and 3 courses when there are not employment opportunities available to them.
  • building on the £1.5 billion commitment for FE capital funding made at Budget 2020, the government will bring forward £200 million to 2020-21 to support colleges to carry out urgent and essential maintenance projects.
  • additional funding of £560 million for schools in England to improve the condition of their buildings and estates in 2020 to 2021.
  • a school rebuilding programme of over £1 billion to fund the first 50 projects of a new, ten-year programme in England. (These projects will be confirmed in the autumn, and further detail on future waves will be announced at the Comprehensive Spending Review. Construction on the first sites will begin in September 2021.)

Read the Chancellor’s ‘A plan for jobs’ speech in full

Supporting and related documents can be downloaded on GOV.UK.

There will be a third phase that will focus on rebuilding, with a Budget and Spending Review to be held in the autumn.

We are finalising details with the Treasury and more detailed guidance for providers and employers is due in the first half of next week (week commencing Monday 13 July). We appreciate everything employers, providers and the sector is doing at this time.

2. The forgotten 50% – why FE is vital to economic recovery

Today, Thursday 9 July, Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson, shared a virtual speech ‘The forgotten 50%: Why further education is vital to economic recovery’.

In his address, SoS Williamson sets out the need for a fundamental reform and rebalancing toward further and technical education vital if our country is to recover after coronavirus and grow economically.

He confirmed that, this autumn, there will be a White Paper published ‘to turbo-charge our further and technical education system, and level up skills and opportunities’, with FE, apprenticeships and university to be seen as all equally valid routes to productive employment.

Watch the speech on YouTube: