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Building Better Opportunities: 'Progress': Programme (End-to-End) Partner tender opportunity

Groundwork UK is looking for an 'End-to-End Partner' to deliver BBO Progress to young people identified as being NEET or unemployed across the Rugby, Stratford and Warwick districts of Warwickshire.

Young people must be furthest from engaging with the labour market and would benefit from flexible 1-1 support. Delivery will predominantly focus on young people aged 18 years old and over, and where possible focus on residents from priority wards.

End-to-End Partners are responsible for core programme delivery by deploying Progress Coaches – community-based youth work practitioners with IAG experience who will engage, support and progress a caseload of eligible young people from induction through to sustained onward progression focussed on employment outcomes whilst developing and maintaining appropriate stakeholder relationships.

End-to-End Partners will work closely with Local Authorities (and agencies working on their behalf), Job Centre Plus, colleges, local VCS organisations and other youth / education providers, along with their existing local presence and networks, to engage and enrol young people.

Once enrolled they will work with young people for up to 12 months through an intensive, flexible and responsive combination of coaching in accessible delivery locations and support to access activities, training and support through our network of Specialist Partners. Through regular 1-1s, SMART action planning, and structured group work, the Progress Coach will work to progress the young person into education, training or employment.

The new partner will work closely alongside other partners in their area and across the partnership, including working creatively with our Specialist Partners to maximise the benefit of the programme for participants. The successful tenderer must be committed to working closely in partnership with existing partners, and any proposal received must not impact negatively on referrals currently routed into the programme.

The successful partner will also need to work closely with participants and key stakeholders to obtain the required evidence of eligibility and results, ensuring they comply with European Social Fund requirements.

Proposals are sought from organisations with experience in engaging and supporting young people, and engaging education providers and employers including sourcing job/ work placement opportunities. Organisations should be able to provide impartial advice and guidance to young people aged between 15-24 who are facing significant barriers to engaging with education, employment and training. The varied and complex needs of young people will require an accessible, engaging, supportive approach. Support will ideally be provided in a combination of one-to-one and group settings, and will preferably be delivered in local, community settings across the delivery area.

How to apply

With reference to the Scoring Matrix, please complete the Tender Submission and Form of Tender. The full Tender Specification can also be downloaded below.

Tender Submission

Form of Tender

Scoring Matrix

Tender Specification  

Please submit both documents to and by 12pm on Friday 28 June 2019.

Further information

For further information or clarification please email stating 'BBO Partnership Tender' in the email subject line, or contact Sarah Duncan, Joe Osborne or Andy Harrison on 0121 236 8565. The final deadline for tender-related questions is midday, Friday 21st June 2019.

More information regarding BBO Progress, can be found on the Groundwork website.

Full details of the Building Better Opportunities programme can be found on the National Lottery Community Fund website.

Full guidance documents from the National Lottery Community Fund can be found here.