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Covid19: Increasing Debt Advice Capacity 2020 (In England) – Grant Funding
The Money and Pensions Service is delighted to announce an open procurement process for an initial £4 million of funding in 2020/21 focussed on telephone and digital debt advice provision. 

This funding – for organisations not currently in receipt of MaPS mainstream debt advice funding – will be aimed at increasing the capacity of high-quality, free-to-customer debt advice by recruiting and training additional debt advisers in England. It follows, and is informed by, an early market engagement process run in July 2020.

All organisations that meet the eligibility criteria are invited to apply for the funding using the link below.
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Opportunity: Shaw Trust Work and Health Programme: JETS – Central England and Home Counties
Work and Health Programme – Job Entry: Targeted Support (WHP JETS) – CPA 1 and CPA 5
 
Shaw Trust are currently undertaking a procurement activity to contract with additional supply chain partners to support the delivery DWP WHP JETS.  
 
Shaw Trust are seeking suitably qualified, locally embedded providers to deliver Employment Coaching to participants of the new programme.  The services on offer should be of high quality, available via digital and face to face means, cover traditional and innovative employability support, and be tailored to short term unemployed individuals.
 
The procurement is split into 11 geographical lots with a combined total contract value of £15.1m to be delivered between October 2020 and April 2022.  
 
This opportunity will also be procured through our Proactis portal, therefore you will need to register here to bid for this opportunity: https://supplierlive.
proactisp2p.com/Account/Registration/Register
  
 
The closing date for submissions is Wednesday 2nd September.
Opportunity: Adult Education Budget (AEB) Expression of Interest for Greater London

Adult Education Budget (AEB) Expression of Interest for Greater London

Maximus UK are looking to expand the subcontractor delivery of devolved Adult Education Budget (AEB) provision for both of our contracts in London, currently being commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA). We are a prime provider for both lots as detailed below:

  • Lot 1 (Delivery location, East London only)  is AEB provision that will support unemployed and economically inactive Londoners into employment; and
  • Lot 2 (Delivery Location Pan London) is AEB provision which will support employed Londoners on low income levels to develop their skills to progress in work. 

We are looking to expand our offer further with organisations that have a strong track record in delivering successful and high quality adult skills programmes in the GLA, and are therefore seeking expressions of interest from organisations that currently offer training provision with the below sectors ONLY

  • Health and Social Care
  • Construction
  • Retail and Wholesale
  • Logistics  

Providers must have experience of delivering skills support to the identified ESF priority groups, with a strong focus on achieving skills and employment outcomes for individuals and employers. We are requiring the potential subcontractors to deliver both contracts LOT 1 (unemployed) and LOT 2 (Employed).

If you’re interested in partnering with us, please complete our Expression of Interest Form and email your completed form to es.supplychain@remploy.co.uk.

The deadline for returns of all EOIs is 5:00 p.m. Friday 4 September 2020.

Opportunity: Delivery Partners Required for the National Careers Service in the South Wes
August 21, 2020
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Adviza seeks Expressions of Interest from organisations in the South West of England for delivery of the National Careers Service.

Adviza is a charity inspiring people to make better decisions that help them progress in learning and work. Our passion is to support those at important times in their lives where key decisions need to be made. We aim to raise people’s aspirations and motivate them to achieve their full potential.

The service

Adviza is the Prime Contractor for the National Careers Service across the South West and Oxfordshire region and has been delivering this Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) funded service for adults since 2014. We provide high quality impartial careers information, advice and guidance (IAG). Our experienced team of Advisers motivate and inspire adults through their career journey, helping them overcome whatever barriers they may face. Any adult is eligible for the service e.g. we work with unemployed, those at risk of redundancy, the more vulnerable with SEND and single parents.

Expression of Interest

To help support the impact of COVID-19, on peoples work and learning in particular, we are interested to hear from organisations who wish to work in partnership with us and our existing supply chain. We are seeking to expand our National Careers Service provision across significant areas of the South West from 1st October 2020.

We welcome all applicants who work with adults and can demonstrate amongst other strengths:

  • Evidence and tactics of engagement
  • Any specialist support e.g. mental ill health, women, 50+
  • Evidence of progression including any accredited learning
  • Strong local networks including any community and/or employer links
  • Sound understanding of the local employment needs.

Career advisers deployed on the contract will need to be as a minimum working towards Level 4 NVQ in IAG. We are experts in our field and hold matrix, and Merlin accreditation at excellent standard and will provide induction and regular best practice activity support.

We welcome all applicants who actively engage adult customers, have a sound understanding of the local labour market and especially those who provide specialist support.

If you are interested in joining Adviza and our partners to make a difference in these critical times and you operate in the South West then we would love to hear from you. Please complete our initial Expression of Interest.

Deadline

EOIs need to be completed and returned by 5pm on Friday 4th September 2020 in the first instance. Please return to: lindagilleard@adviza.org.uk

https://www.adviza.org.uk/

Opportunity: G4S Call for Partners
G4S Employment Support Services (ESS) is a Prime Contractor delivering regional contracts supporting disadvantaged and marginalised groups in the UK.

We currently deliver the Work Programme and five ESF contracts across England for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and have previously delivered ESF Families Support Programme, Community Work Placements and the Supervised Jobsearch pilot.

WLA WHP – Job Entry Targeted Support (JETS)
The programme has been developed by the West London Alliance (WLA). It builds on an initial DWP national Work and Health Programme (WHP) expansion design,  co-designed with representatives of its member boroughs (Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow Hillingdon, and Hounslow), and taking account of the Oxford Economics report on ‘How might  coronavirus affect the West London Economy’
 
Purpose of Provision
The WLA WHP JETS programme will help people who have been unemployed and in receipt of benefits for at least 13 weeks, to find sustained work.

It will provide early support, responding to local priorities and complementing the wider labour market offer of support through a sector-based approach. It is being commissioned for the WLA (as part of devolution for London) with the following requirements:
– It must integrate with employment support and skills  provision in WLA  Borough Job Brokerages and support the development of a single front door approach;
– It must work with other employment and skills provision (including those funded by ESF), commissioned by WLA and wider commissioners;
– It must work with training and education providers (including West London’s FE colleges, boroughs’ ACL provision, and independent training providers), to help develop vocational skills courses needed for those of those affected by the pandemic. 

The Provision will be delivered across the seven boroughs of West London:
Barnet
Brent
Ealing
Hammersmith & Fulham
Harrow
Hillingdon
Hounslow

If you would like the opportunity to work with G4S to deliver this programme, please email W2WBusinessDevelopment@uk.g4s.com, detailing the name and type of organisation, and the areas of the Boroughs where you would be interested in delivering.
 

Deadline for expressing interest is Monday 17th August.  

ESFA Procurement Opportunity

ESFA procurement opportunity launching soon for providers to access additional funding to deliver 19 to 24 AEB funded traineeships.

Published 29 July 2020 From: Education and Skills Funding Agency

Stock image of a person writing on a piece of paper.

Following the publication of the government’s Plan for Jobs  which included a £111 million investment to triple the number of traineeships available, we are planning a procurement opportunity so providers can access funding to deliver 19 to 24 adult education budget (AEB) funded traineeships.

We will be looking for providers with the capacity to start providing high-quality traineeships quickly through a ring-fenced contract for service. Details about how we will manage new traineeship opportunities for 16 to 18-year-olds will be published shortly.

Opportunities to bid for additional 19 to 24 AEB traineeship funding will be handled through the Department for Education’s e-sourcing portal. Organisations who do not already have an existing account must register one as this is the only method to access tendering documentation. You can register online.

The Plan for Jobs included a commitment to provide thousands of new traineeships to get young people aged 16 to 24 (up to 25 for those with an Education, Health and Care Plan) in England into work.

As well as an investment of £111m for 2020 to 2021, there are new flexibilities and opportunities which will strengthen traineeships and widen access to them for young people:

  • young people qualified up to Level 3 (rather than Level 2 previously) are now eligible for a traineeship
  • there is a more flexible work experience offer of minimum 70 hours, with multiple employers if needed
  • we want to see flexible content and qualifications that prepares trainees for progression to apprenticeships and jobs through a direct line of sight to the occupational standards
  • an increased AEB traineeship learning aim cost of £1500.
  • employers who offer new traineeship work placements will receive £1,000 per learner (up to ten learners) to support engagement and assist with costs such as the purchase of additional PPE for trainees
  • traineeships can now last up to 12 months, allowing twice as much time on a programme for those young people with particular needs who need it. We still expect traineeships to support young people into work as quickly as possible.
  • we want traineeships to move young people towards work or an apprenticeship more than ever before. 

We will publish an updated traineeships framework for delivery and funding rules over the next month.

Wise Ability Call for Supply Chain Partners for DWP CAEHRS

WISE Ability is an UK charity founded by Australian not-for-profit organisation, WISE Employment, in 2008. We are focused on reducing inequalities and improving the lives of the most vulnerable participants in the community. We are a dynamic, innovative, and growing charitable organisation with established offices and teams across England.

WISE Ability are now bidding for the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) Commercial Agreement for the provision of Employment and Health Related Services (CAEHRS) for the North East, Central and South, along with many other exciting opportunities.

We want to hear from you and begin a conversation about how we can work together to provide the ultimate experience to the customers we serve. We understand that this is a highly pressurised time and organisations are required to provide a huge amount of information in the process of developing new partnerships. WISE Ability wants to ensure that every organisation has both the time and the resource to tell us about the fantastic work that they do and so the first part of our journey is extremely easy to undertake.

Below you will find a link with a short survey which will take under 5 minutes to complete. The survey will indicate to us that you wish to learn more about WISE Ability and potentially partner with us in future opportunities. Your information will enable us to gather the specific information needed at the appropriate time.

WISE Ability are a collaborative and a supportive organisation who wish to form long lasting partnerships with our supply chains and we look forward to hearing from you.

The closing date is Friday 24th July 2020 at 5:00 pm

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PartnerwithWISEAbility

Mainstream Group Call for Supply Chain Partners for DWP CAEHRS

Mainstream Group has been trading since 1997.  Our main activities are; funded training, commercial training, contract training and temporary employment business.  At Mainstream Group, we pride ourselves on our practical approach to training, giving participants the knowledge and hands on skills they need to succeed in their chosen to career.

Mainstream Group Ltd is bidding for DWP’s Commercial Agreement for Employment and Health Related Services (CAEHRS), which will be the primary vehicle through which DWP will issue future contracting opportunities to provide employment and health related support services to people who are unemployed and people with disabilities, health conditions or other barriers to work, for the next 5 years.

We are seeking initial expressions of interest (EOI) from suppliers who can work with us to deliver potential future CAEHRS call-off contracts in the London and Home Counties and Southern England LOTS.

CAEHRS providers will be required to deliver a range of different types of services and support. In delivering this service, CAEHRS providers will need to continuously improve delivery, test new approaches and develop the approach to ensure the most effective delivery. This will include, but not be limited to:

  • Providing support for individuals to select, train for, progress toward, obtain and retain employment and self-employment.
     
  • Identifying and addressing barriers to employment for a broad range of individuals with differing and potentially very individual needs. Including but not limited to; Disabilities and Health conditions, Youth and NEET, Long Term Unemployed, Disadvantaged; Ex-offenders and those exiting prison, Self-employment and those interested, and progression in work for UC Claimants.
     
  • Any combination of, but not limited to, providing Face to Face, outreach and Digital services to support the individual’s circumstances and requirements of the provision.

Please see here for further details of how to apply, applications must be received no later than 9.30am Monday 20th July 2020: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5BWMGYW

If you have any questions or difficulties completing this form please contact us at development@recruitandtrain.com

Adecco Working Ventures Call for Supply Chain Partners for DWP CAEHRS

Press Release: We are delighted to announce the launch of Adecco Working Ventures, a joint venture between The Adecco Group UK and Ireland – one of the world’s largest human services firms, and leading vocational training provider Corndel.

Our mission is to support 100,000 unemployed people a year into good, lasting jobs across the UK.

Adecco Working Ventures will be bidding to secure a place as a Tier 1 Supplier on the Commercial Agreement for the provision of Employment and Health Related Services to the Department for Work and Pensions.

Together the joint venture brings together global expertise in finding people jobs, national scale, a network of local offices, scalable technology, digital job search and a leading employment-focused training offer. Both organisations are committed to getting the UK back to work. 

If you are interested in partnering with us either register your interest here, or join one of our online events next week, hosted by Sean Williams FIEP, CEO of Corndel and Sandeep Bhandal, Executive Vice President, Sales, Solutions and Strategy at the Adecco Group.

Online event Tuesday 21 July, 2pm: Register here
Online event Wednesday 22 July, 2pm: Register here
Online event Friday 24 July, 2pm: Register here

Sean Williams FIEP, Chief Executive at Corndel said, “I have spent most of my working life helping unemployed people to find work. The scale of the unemployment challenge facing the UK requires new ideas, new partnerships and a new scale of ambition. I am absolutely delighted that Corndel is joining forces with the Adecco Group UK and Ireland – one of the leading HR solutions firms in the world – to help meet that challenge. We aim to support 100,000 unemployed people a year into great jobs through our partnership.”

Alex Fleming, Country Head, the Adecco Group UK and Ireland said, “I am passionate about our purpose to make the Future Work for everyone, providing people with access to work opportunities and now so more than ever in light of the impact that COVID-19 has had on the labour market. The Adecco Group UK and Ireland is in a privileged position as we can help those who have found themselves unemployed as result of the pandemic. By working with Corndel, we are partnering with an organisation that is at the cutting edge of providing work-related training and re-skilling. This combined with the Adecco Group UK and Ireland’s scale, client relationships and technology means that our partnership creates a powerful vehicle to help hundreds of thousands of people access new opportunities.”

Scott Parkin FIEP, Chief Executive of IEP said, “The IEP is excited about working with this new venture formed between Corndel and The Adecco Group UK and Ireland and we look forward to supporting a number of interesting sector projects over the coming months and years. We have been grateful for the support of Sean Williams FIEP, as a Fellow of the IEP, over the last few years and feel this is a very natural step in our relationship, one of mutual benefit as Adecco Working Ventures becomes a Corporate Affiliate Partner of the IEP.”

Find out more www.adeccoworkingventures.com
Or contact George Selmer: George.selmer@adeccoworkingventures.com

PeoplePlus Call for Supply Chain Partners for CAEHRS

On Friday 3rd July, the DWP released a new Commercial Agreement for Employment and Health Related Services (CAEHRS). The CAEHRS framework will replace the existing UAEHRS which is due to expire in January 2021.

CAEHRS is designed to facilitate the procurement of Employment and Health related services provision for the government and other contracting bodies across England, Wales and Scotland, from September 2020 to August 2025.

CAEHRS providers will be required to deliver a range of different types of services and support. In delivering the service, CAEHRS providers will need to continuously improve delivery, test new approaches and develop the approach to ensure the most effective delivery.

This will include, but not be limited to:

  • Providing support for individuals to select, train for, progress toward, obtain and retain employment and self-employment.
  • Identifying and addressing barriers to employment for a broad range of individuals with differing and potentially very individual needs. Including but not limited to; Disabilities and Health conditions, Youth and NEET, Long Term Unemployed, Disadvantaged; Ex-offenders and those exiting prison, Self-employment and those interested, and progression in work for UC Claimants.
  • Potentially require, but is not limited to, assistance in starting a new role, workplace adaptations, further training and short or long term in-work support.
  • Any combination of, but not limited to, providing Face to Face, outreach and Digital services to support the individual’s circumstances and requirements of the provision.

PeoplePlus is bidding for this opportunity. At this stage we are asking organisations interested in partnering with us on future CAEHRS call-off contracts (either as an end to end and/or specialist service provider) to please ensure you are registered on our partner portal Proactis, using the link provided: https://peopleplus.co.uk/partners/become-a-partner/

If you would like an informal chat with our Partnerships and Development team please contact partners@peopleplus.co.uk