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Building Better Opportunities: 'Progress' - Specialist Partner tender opportunity

Groundwork UK is looking for a Specialist Partner or Partners to deliver employability support and employment and work placement services to young people across Warwickshire as part of the ‘Progress’ programme.


'Progress' is a tailored programme of coaching and support to help NEET young people access training and employment opportunities that is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund. 

Proposals are sought from organisations with experience in engaging employers including sourcing job and work placement opportunities, and providing employment support 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 county.  Proposals are particularly welcome from organisations who are able to provide tailored support for young people with learning differences and physical disabilities, and who have experience supporting young people in rural areas.

The successful tenderer will support other partners with their own employer engagement strategies, broker relationships with local employers across Warwickshire, and support a coordinated approach to Warwickshire employer engagement on behalf of the partnership. Ideally, the partner(s) will be able to deliver across the whole county, but proposals from organisations delivering only in specific areas will be considered. In these circumstances, the full budget may be distributed across a number of successful tenderers.

The approach to work placement and job brokerage activity should reflect the needs of the young people participating in the programme, with tailored opportunities identified to meet specific interest and needs. We envisage that this will require engagement with local, small employers to identify opportunities located in accessible location for young people.


How to apply

Please complete the following and submit both documents below to eileen.henderson@groundwork.org.uk and contracts@groundwork.org.uk by 5pm on Monday 16 October 2017 with interviews to be held on either the 25 or 26 October 2017. 

Tender Submission

Form of Tender

Further supporting documents can be downloaded below:

Tender specification

Scoring Matrix


Further Information

For further information or clarification please email progress@groundwork.org.uk stating "BBO Partnership Tender" in the email subject line, or contact Sarah Duncan or Andy Harrison on 0121 236 8565. 

The final deadline for tender-related questions is midday, Wednesday 11 October 2017. 


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 Big Lottery Fund website

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

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