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Building Better Opportunities: Progress - Specialist Partner tender opportunity

Groundwork UK is looking for a Specialist Partner to deliver English and mathematics functional skills to the target group of young people across Coventry and Warwickshire as part of '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 delivering English and maths functional skills to young people aged between 15-24 who are facing significant barriers to engaging with education, employment and training, and can offer a high degree of pastoral care. 

We are looking for organisations:

  • Able to deliver entry level, level 1 and level 2 English and maths Functional Skills to 15-24-year-olds;
  • Able to deliver small group sessions - ideally in community settings;
  • With delivery history and capacity in Coventry and Warwickshire –with experience of working with NEET / at risk of NEET young people and/or young people with complex or specific barriers to engagement with education, employment or training;
  • With experience and track record in supporting young people;
  • Committed to open communication and collaborative, partnership-focussed working;
  • Ready to commence delivery from spring/ early summer 2017;
  • Who will add value to the Progress partnership overall, supporting other partners to recruit and progress suitable young people; and
  • With the experience, capacity, and capability to manage the requirements of the European Social Fund.

Proposals are welcomed from organisations who are able to offer small group provision (under 10 learners) which is welcoming and accessible to young people who have historically struggled to engage in a traditional classroom environment.  Experience to date has shown us that flexibility is key to engaging with this cohort of young people, and the ability to deliver in the heart of communities where support is needed most is important.

Participants access Specialist Partner support via a referral from their Progress Coach. Whilst accessing specialist provision, the young person will also continue to receive support from their Progress Coach. Specialist Partners and Progress Coaches work together to track the progress of participants and ensure that they are taking the maximum benefit from the programme. Commitment to collaboration and partnership working is therefore essential, as is a flexible approach to the scheduling of activity, to respond to the needs of young people and partners.

The partner will be in a position to deliver from accessible locations across Coventry & Warwickshire and will be supported by in-depth knowledge of the challenges and opportunities affecting young people resident in these areas. Proposals are particularly welcome from organisations who are able to provide tailored support for young people with more intensive support requirements, such as those with learning differences, disabilities and physical disabilities, and who have experience supporting young people in rural areas.

Existing partners are welcome to apply in the interests of diversifying or increasing their role in the programme, but they will not be at an advantage, with all tenders reviewed objectively and awards made on merit.

How to apply

Please complete the following and submit both documents below to and by 12pm MIDDAY on Wednesday 6th September 2017 with interviews to be held on Friday 15 September 2017.

Tender Submission

Form of Tender

Further supporting documents can be downloaded below:

Scoring Matrix

Invitation to Tender

Further Information

For further information or clarification please email 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, Friday 1st September 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.