Are you a training provider? Read our tender to deliver a meaningful programme of activity to help NEET young people
Posted: 1st December, 2021
Opportunity type: Supply
Game Changer is a £4.6 million project funded by The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF) and European Social Fund (ESF) designed to support 1491 young people aged 15 to 24 who are NEET (not in employment/ education or training) or at risk of NEET across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
It will support young people to overcome the challenges, sometimes complex, they face; understand their individual aptitudes, passions and interests; develop skills and experiences; build connectivity and networks, resulting in improved confidence, removal of previous barriers, increased skills levels and ultimately them progressing into work, apprenticeships or long-term learning/ training.
The offer: Provision of pre-employment training to include functional skills
This invitation is an opportunity for training providers to deliver a meaningful programme of activity or project that enables NEET young people to achieve functional skills (Maths and English) whilst preparing them for employment or further training. Game Changer has resource funds that can enable providers to develop young people’s skills and qualifications, remove barriers and take their next step in progression. This is not a replacement for mainstream funding for functional skills. Young people who have no prior Level 2 qualification are entitled to funded support from SFA to achieve Functional Skills qualifications under mainstream provision. This funding must not replace this. The expectation is that the applicant would access the relevant/appropriate mainstream funding where available or be able to demonstrate how this is added value or innovation.
Game Changer is looking to commission suitable providers who can support young people to develop skills and employability either towards particular careers or broader skills to assist with their futures with the inclusion of the achievement of basic skills. We are looking for engaging provision that meets the needs of young people who are NEET enabling them to achieve. We expect to see young people gain confidence, wider skills and also secure their next steps due to this provision.
This provision should be available to young people who are NEET and have not yet secured their Maths/ English to L2. We would welcome applications that might focus on specific groups who have been disadvantaged/ have lower achievement rates of basic skills/ employment outcomes.
All participants to be participating in basic skills development
60% successfully gain basic skills accreditation or eligible other *
50% achieve a positive progression into employment, further education or learning.
*The aim of the provision is for participants to obtain an accredited qualification in Math and/or English up to Level 2 or evidence to show an improvement of current skills. Qualifications can be in units rather than full qualifications, tracking improvement in basic skills must demonstrate quality assessment and learning has taken place and rationale as to why qualifications are not suitable.
The Pre-Employment and Functional Skills contract must be completed by November 2021. There may be an opportunity for extension/ repeat subject to funding extensions to 2023.
Requirements of funding
Examples of how the resource might be utilised:
Enabling the provider to resource smaller groups that enable young people eligible to participate.
Project based delivery of functional skills
To provide courses/training in more rural locations for eligible participants.
Support to re-design training to meet NEET learner needs
Provide contextual learning or engagement that supports individuals.
Support an eligible participant to join existing groups of learners to achieve Functional Skills qualifications
Innovate delivery to make it more appropriate attractive/ increase engagement and retention of these specific learners.
This list is not exhaustive, but all provision must meet the eligibility requirements of ESF and TNLCF.
For the provision of the above identified objectives, based on results achieved of functional skills unit/qualification. The maximum amount of money is £70,000; this will be split across a maximum of 7 contracts for delivery through to November 2021. This commission has no minimum for size of applications, but the maximum is for the value of £10,000, and would be expected to work with a cohort of approx 20 eligible young people for this contract value. Applications will be assessed on a value for money and quality basis. There may be further opportunities to extend or repeat provision subject to funding and performance.
As this is an ESF/TNLCF funded programme, the provision of the training programme held within this contract will need to be run in compliance with Funder’s guidelines and delivery is therefore subject to robust quality assurance and compliance monitoring processes.
The chosen organisation will be required to deliver the following provision:
Highlight eligible participants to the Game Changer programme.
Deliver pre-employment or pre training support to participants.
Participants must be fully signed onto programme with all relevant paperwork completed including evidence of eligibility.
Action plans must be reviewed a minimum of every 4 weeks with written reviews
Tenders should include participant spend and cover travel/ childcare/ resources.
All publicity guidelines must be followed
Provision must include functional skills.
Provision must support participants to progress into employment, apprenticeship, education or training on completion.
Organisations are invited to submit proposals to include the number of participants and time scales they are able to engage with to achieve the required outputs within the contract sum.