ERSA and the Institute of Employability Professionals Announcement
December 14, 2020
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Last night (10th December 2020) the DWP’s Tier one CAEHRS Framework Providers received information relating to stage one of the ITT relating to the Restart Programme.
 
As we understand it, the full specification of the ITT will be shared in a virtual data room, expected to go live on Wednesday 16 December. Once we have this, both organisations will share with members and the wider sector.
 
Further information
The Restart Programme was announced on 25 November in the SR20 as part of a package of £3.7 billion additional funding allocated to support frontline services and to enable DWP to deliver on July’s Plan for Jobs to support people back into work. The Restart programme will provide intensive and tailored support to over 1 million unemployed people and help them find work in England and Wales, with approximately £400million investment in 2021-22. The first step in a £2.9 billion three-year programme.
 
The DWP’s CAEHRS Framework
 
ERSA will be facilitating market engagement information and networking activity to support the employability sector.

 We will be in touch with more information as soon as it is available.


Supplier security accreditation and assurances survey

DWP is looking to understand the current supplier security accreditation and assurances held via audit reports. This is to inform how it fits with the new DWP security policies and how we can future proof against more sophisticated security and cyber threats going forward.

The survey is now live, will remain open until Friday 8 January and should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. One response per organisation please. 

https://getinvolved.dwp.gov.uk/++preview++/03-finance/16a54076/ 

If you have issues completing the survey, please contact Katherine.harrison@dwp.gov.uk

DWP CAEHRS – Getting to Know WISE Ability
November 26, 2020
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An invitation to get to know more about WISE Ability.

WISE Ability is an innovative, growing charitable organisation and we are looking for partners to join us on the next steps of our exciting journey.

We are holding a virtual event on Wednesday 2nd December from 11:00 am-1:00 pm, which will give you the opportunity to get to know us a little better.

The most important part of any effective partnership is an alignment of values and during this event you will hear more about ours.

We will share with you WISE Ability’s Expression of Interest process, our values and what you can expect of us as a potential Prime Contractor.

There will also be an opportunity where you can ask WISE Ability questions and put faces to names, and you will hear from some of our Senior Management and Business Development Teams.

We would love to meet you, so please come and join us for our ‘Get to Know WISE Ability’ session.

Register via Eventbrite here

CAEHRS Opportunity: Shaw Trust
November 18, 2020
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Shaw Trust has been selected as a Tier 1 supplier for the DWP CAEHRS in London and the Home Counties and are seeking Expressions of Interests from organisations who we can partner with in one or more of the below capacities:

  • Employability Partners
  • Skills Providers
  • Employers & Employer Representative bodies

Shaw Trust’s CAEHRS London and Home Counties EoI Opportunity

Shaw Trust is running the procurement of partners through Proactis as an open EoI. This EoI will remain open throughout the bidding period, however a deadline of the 26 November 2020 at 5:00pm has been set for the first phase of partner selection.

Registering your interest
All providers interested in working with us on any CAEHRS call offs should register through the following link:
https://supplierlive.proactisp2p.com/Account/Login

Once registered search for “The Shaw Trust CAEHRS Expression of interest”.

ERSA: Meet the Primes of CAEHRS
November 2, 2020
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Through the work of ERSA, organisations have the opportunity to hear on YouTube from the following organisations who have been awarded a successful place on the DWP’s new Commercial Agreement for Employment and Health Related Services, the CAEHRS Framework.

The following ERSA members have been grouped in the order they presented. 

Group 1 

Jobs 22
Palladium International
Pinnacle Housing (PORTRUS)
Seetec Pluss
Serco Group

Watch this group again here

Group 2

Capita Group
Fedcap Employment
G4S Regional Management (UK&I)
Ingeus UK
Shaw Trust

Watch this group again here

Group 3

Adecco Working Ventures
Business 2 Business
The Growth Company
Twin Training International
WISE Ability

Group 4

Watch this group again here

Standguide
The Salvation Army Trustees
Cumbria Chamber of Commerce
Go Train
Sodexo

Watch this group again here

The full list of CAEHRS Framework organisations is here.

Check ERSA’s opportunities hub for details of open opportunities. 

*SAVE THE DATE(S)
The following meeting dates and agendas are being shared directly with ERSA members this week and following these meetings we’ll be inviting applications for chairs/vice chairs for all. Get in touch if you are interested in one of these opportunities via events@ersa.org.uk (ERSA members only)

Wales                               
3 November, 2 – 3.30pm

Central England             
4 November, 10 – 11.30am

Scotland                  
5 November, 10am – 12pm  (extended meeting for Employment Support Scotland)     

North East                       
6 November 10 – 11.30am

In Conversation with the DWP
6 November, 3 – 5pm

ERSA members will be joined by representatives from the DWP; 

  • Mark Leigh, Deputy Director, Head of Employment Services Category, Department for Work and Pensions, Commercial Directorate, Finance Group
  • Karina Stibbards, Deputy Director, Labour Market Strategy, Labour Market, Families and Disadvantage Directorate, Policy Group;
  • Nick Butler, Employment Account Director, Department for Work and Pensions, Finance Group, Contract Management and Partner Delivery Directorate.

ERSA members can submit questions in advance of the session via membership@ersa.org.uk.

North West                     
9 November 10-11.30am

Southern                         
10 November 10 – 11.30am

London & Home Counties
12 November, 10.30am – 12pm

*With regret, these meetings are limited to ERSA members only

ERSA membership might be more accessible than you think
Membership is per organisation, with unlimited staff access to services and events, rates start from £300 for the next 12 months. Information on joining the voice of employment support can be found at https://ersa.org.uk/membership/registerIn case you missed it

Prior Notice of DWP Tier 3 and Flexible Support Fund Dynamic Purchasing System 2 (FSF DPS 2) – Market Engagement Activity

Meet the Primes of CAEHRS 

DWP’s new framework for employment and health related services announced

DWP’s CAEHRS Framework
October 6, 2020
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In total the DWP received submissions from 61 organisations with a total of 171 compliant submissions across the 7 regional lots.

Overall, this has resulted in a total of 28 organisations being awarded a place on CAEHRS, 21 of which have multiple places and 7 have single awards.

As set out during this competition the design of CAEHRS allows the department to offer further places they become available. The department does not currently have any plans to undertake further activity at this time but will formally notify the market as appropriate.

Those that have been unsuccessful on this occasion are able to bid for future opportunities on CAEHRS.


In total there are 28 successful Suppliers across the 7 regional lots.


Visit the ERSA Site For More Infomation

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

The Growth Company Call for Supply Chain Partners for DWP CAEHRS

Call for Expressions of InterestDWP Commercial Agreement for Employment and Health Related Services (CAEHRS)

The Growth Company (GC) is an established not-for-profit provider of services to people, business and place.  Our purpose is to Enable Growth, Create Jobs and Improve Lives.  GC has an extensive track record of delivering Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Department for Education (DfE) and locally commissioned contracts, helping over 100,000 people enter and sustain employment to date. GC is an approved supplier on DWP’s current Umbrella Agreement for Employment and Health Related Services (UAEHRS).

GC 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 North West, North East, and Central Lots.

We are seeking EOIs from a range of potential partners at this stage including:

– End to End providers: Delivery of the full end to end customer journey of mainstream provision to a wide range of customers across one or more geographical areas.
– Specialist End to End providers: Able to deliver provision to a specific customer group across one or more geographic areas.
– Specialists: Delivering specific elements of a service to specific customer groups e.g. customers with particular health conditions / self-employment / other
– Complementary Provision: Delivery of complementary services that we can refer participants to for support
– Strategic/Advisory partners: Expert advisory support to GC to support delivery
– Other: E.g. Provision of digital tools/systems

Please see here for further details of how to apply:
https://www.growthco.uk/about-us/expressions-of-interest-dwp-commercial-agreement-for-employment-and-health-related-services-caehrs/

Please return completed Expressions of Interest by 6pm on Friday 24th July 2020

Fedcap Call for Supply Chain Partners for DWP CAEHRS
We’d love to work with you in these challenging times. We know the last few months have been difficult for a lot of people in our society and we believe we can make a difference even though the country and industry are still surrounded by incredible change and uncertainty.
 
Our senior team have led sector organisations in previous times of change and recession in the UK and our parent group was specifically established to make a difference in the last big recession, nearly a century ago. We know we have the passion, knowledge and experience to bring a progressive approach to these extraordinary times, but we can’t do it alone, we want to work with like-minded and equally passionate organisations who have the local skills and the motivation to succeed.
 
In return we will be proposing a different collaborative and transformational approach to our partnerships and supplier network; plus we are also offering the added value of access to our infrastructure and our support to help you build your organisation for the future. 
 
Fedcap, a British company, is part of the experienced American not for profit organisation, Fedcap Group. Fedcap Group has over 85 years’ experience of developing innovative, sustainable solutions and creating measurable changes for those furthest from the jobs market. They have tremendous results, gained, in breaking down barriers and work with large groups of people – 320,000 each year in the States.
 
Our focus across the UK is employability, we exist to help people who need support into sustainable work; finding work for people is our sole purpose, we do not work in other sectors. All our people have worked for industry leading organisations in the past and we pride ourselves in recruiting locally to ensure our teams understand and empathise with local needs and we empower them to put the customer at the heart of delivery and solutions. Together we bring innovation, values, ambition, and a number of safe pairs of hands to the market. Plus, as we are a charity, we are not burdened with shareholder return and are able to reinvest in our frontline and continuously improve our services.
 
The DWP, have launched CAEHRS. A new framework developed to support the delivery of the government’s strategic objectives over the next five years supporting individuals to access, retain and progress in employment. CAEHRS is a framework which is designed to facilitate the provision of Employment and Health related services to the government and other contracting bodies across England, Wales and Scotland, with a total value of £7.5bn. CAEHRS will consist of seven regional lots and one national lot that will cover the whole geographic area of England, Scotland and Wales.
 
Fedcap is planning to tender for the framework in the following geographical lots:
 Lot 1 – CentralLot 2 – North East EnglandLot 4 – Southern EnglandLot 6 – WalesLot 7 – Scotland 
We know, through experience, that the key to successful delivery is through a partnership of like-minded organisations and we will always work with local companies, bodies and specialised supplier networks to deliver effective solutions. We also know that this time things are unique so we are determined to change the way we work and act, if you would like to make a difference and be part of this changing environment, whether you are a supplier of services, a Local Authority, a specialist provider or any local organisation that contributes to the rich tapestry of an area, join our partner network by completing our expression of interest form.

For any support or queries, please contact workwithus@fedcapemployment.org
 
Thank you for your interest in working with us.