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Call out to digital organisations or practitioners to support young people

  • Posted: 23rd September, 2022
  • Opportunity type: Tenders

Background

Game Changer is a £5.6 million project funded by The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF) and European Social Fund (ESF) which will run until March 2023 designed to support 1814 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 programme is delivered by working with businesses, matching their needs and aspirations with the passions and skills of young people. From experiencing potential careers via sector-based work placements to challenge based learning sessions where young people can grow and express themselves openly and explore opportunities, young people on the programme will receive support tailored to their needs. 

Game Changer aims to give young people the freedom to explore and view their future from a different perspective and experience a broad range of career opportunities.  Real Ideas is leading Game Changer, with a partnership of five delivery organisations, all of whom will provide the opportunity for young people to achieve a brighter future for themselves and be part of an inclusive and growing Cornish economy. 

Game Changer also provides young people with a means of expanding their qualifications and building foundation skills that enable them to progress including functional skills, sector specific skills and some transferable qualifications when appropriate that provide stronger paths into progression. 

The offer: Specialist digital support for young people interested in pathways into the industry.  

This invitation is a tender opportunity for a company to deliver engaging provision that meets the needs of young people on the Game Changer programme, who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), enabling them to achieve a positive progression. We expect to see young people gain confidence, wider skills and secure their next steps due to the support they receive from a digital offer.

The tender is therefore open to a digital professional to offer personalised coaching and mentoring support for individuals:

  • Delivery of weekly 1-2 hour online and in person sessions linked to upskilling within the digital industries.
  • Providing 1-2-1 personalised coaching sessions on a weekly basis and managing a caseload of young people interested in the digital sector
  • Be able to provide 4-weekly actions plans for young people to follow as a means of monitoring their improvement towards a positive progression within the digital industry
  • Provide insight into future digital careers and the different roles available by discussing employment, training, or apprenticeships and supporting application writing
  • Provide links to digital companies for young people to gain work placements
  • Discuss Gaming and VR/Immersive industries and the opportunities open to young people (preferable but not essential)
  • Delivering group or 1-2-1 coaching sessions either online or in person, specifically delivering in the Cornwall area

Outcomes:

With young people engaging in group activities and 1-2-1 support, Game Changers should

  • leave with increased confidence, insight and skills within the digital industries
  • show a development in their skills and application of what they have learnt
  • have created a tailored CV for the digital sector

Utilising the referrals from the Game Changer programme, the successful tender would be expected to have 50% achieving a positive progression into employment, further education or learning by 31st March 2023.

Requirements: 

The chosen organisation will be required to deliver the following provision:

  • Hold and manage a small caseload of young people who are referred directly from Game Changer navigators. This includes regular 1-2-1 meetings, completion of necessary paperwork and a monthly meeting with the navigators to update on individual progress.
  • Delivery of a weekly skills session (either online or in person in Cornwall dependent on need) where young people learn new skills.
  • Action plans must be reviewed a minimum of every 4 weeks with written reviews

Provision must support participants to progress into employment, apprenticeship, education or training on completion.

Delivery Specifications  

The successful tenderer will be expected to:

  • Have a staffing structure that enables individuals to be supported and input to the Game Changer participant tracking system
  • Provide evidence of supporting young people to progress into pathways within the digital industries
  • Provide direct support and links within the industry that could support young people to move into employment within the sector
  • Manage individual participant records that comply with the Game Changer’s contract requirements
  • Partake in monthly reviews

Tender applications will need to demonstrate the following, which each application will be assessed on:

  • Plans & Opportunities
  • Links to digital sector
  • Availability to deliver

Payment Profile:  

Two payments will be made between November 2022 and March 2023

1 day a week (or 7 hours across the week) from November 2022 – March 2023

(Specific dates tbc – but would be 20 x days)

The fee must include possible travel as travel expenses will not be paid in addition to the tender.

Timeline for delivering the work  

Timeline requirements Date
Final queries to be received by 5pm 1st November 2022
Applications for submissions deadline 12pm 7th November 2022
Evaluation of tenders using award criteria WE 18th November 2022
Stand still period Ends 12th December 2022
Contract awarded to winning tender 21st November 2022
Contract commences 13th December 2022
Evidence to be audited and signed off Every 3-4 weeks
Contract end date March 2023

Responding to this Invitation to Tender  

Please email your CV, along with response to the brief (no more than 1 A4 page) to Kate Rowlands, Programme Lead: [email protected] or 07595 491018.

All successful applicants will need to show proof of an in-date Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate, public liability insurance certificate and have the ability to travel across Cornwall where needed. 

Any submissions without these policies will be deemed to be incomplete and therefore voided from the process.

 

Deadline for submission 7th November 2022

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Kate Rowlands, Programme Lead on the detail above.