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Latest opportunities for Employment Support

In order of deadline, please find a selection of market engagement, prior information notices and open tenders relevant to the Employment Support Sector. 

This page is being developed, in the meantime, ERSA members can email the team via with additional areas of interest in terms of people, partners or places across the UK. Do also have a look at the bottom of the page where we are developing a number of organisations with funding and grant opportunities.


Step into Work
Health Education England (HEE)

Published: 17 July 2022
Deadline: 3 August 2022
Value: £350,000

Health Education England (HEE) is seeking to commission education and training services to help people step into health care careers.

Health Education England runs the Talent for Care national strategic framework. From raising awareness of careers in health for young people and those wishing to join the NHS workforce, to supporting individuals to develop in their long-term career including with relevant qualifications, Talent for Care provides a framework for staff at all levels while also retaining a particular emphasis on improving opportunities for the support workforce.

With a focus on diversity, inclusion and widening participation from disadvantaged or underrepresented groups, Talent for Care supports employers with their workforce supply through programmes such as schools engagement, volunteering, work experience, pre-employment activity, apprenticeships and access to higher education and the registered professions.

The commissioning of this programme will support our current Widening Participation strategy ‘It Matters’ and support a workforce that is representative of the communities it serves, where progression and opportunities are based on merit, not social background, and equal employment opportunities are accessible for all.
The strategy sets out five key goals, to:
1. improve monitoring and reporting of widening participation activities
2. enhance further the visibility and targeting of health careers information and advice
3. increase, through research and evaluation, the understanding and evidence of what and what does not work in relation to widening participation developments in healthcare education and workforce development
4. increase collaborative approaches in supporting widening participation initiatives, including outreach activity
5. stimulate and increase the capacity of healthcare organisations in being able to expand and support work or work-related experience opportunities

In 2019 ten trusts (Cohort One) were funded to develop, deliver and evaluate SIW programmes, over a one year period (which was extended due to the impact of Covid), Cohort One are now running in to their second year of delivery.

This is a continuation of work following the success of SIW Cohort One, which engaged with over 400 adults in 2020 – 2021 . As a result, the programme has now also been extended to run over three years, to develop infrastructure, collect data and evidence and refine the programme delivery. Health Education England now wishes to extend the programme to support access for a wider reach of adults in receipt of work-related benefits and is therefore issuing this invitation to submit a quotation.

Further details and the documents can be downloaded from the following link:

Multiply Coaching, Employment and In Work Service
Suffolk County Council 
10 July 2022
4 August 2022

Suffolk County Council are currently out to tender for the provision of Multiply Coaching, Employment and In Work Service.

This opportunity is available in the `Current Tenders` area of portal. Interested parties are invited to express their interest to gain full access to the tender documentation.

Procurement Policy Note 09/21 requires us to calculate the value of contracts inclusive of VAT, however we can advertise them exclusive of VAT. The advertised value here is £4,500,000 exclusive of VAT. Please note that the contract value is £2,550,000 for the period of the contract (2 years and 8 months). There is potential for up to a 24 month extension period if any funding becomes available (note this funding is currently not available), if additional funding is available for the potential extension period the total contract value will be £4,500,000.

The deadline date for submissions of the tender is 12 noon on Thursday 4th August 2022. Please note late returns will NOT be permitted.

The deadline for clarification questions is Wednesday 20th July 2022 which must be generated via the correspondence option on the website. 

WMCA Adult Education Skills Programmes Procurement

Published: Deadline: Value:                            Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) 
  July 2022 5 August 2022 £1Billion                         Yes

 Additional skills funding has been delegated from the Department of Education (DfE) to the WMCA. The aim is to secure packages of service provision.

To deliver this service provision, the WMCA is proposing to launch a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for a duration of up to 10 years with a value of approximately £200million, but the range may be subject to change during the course of the DPS.

The DPS will also be utilised to procure service providers for non-funded/ funded (devolved funding or other funding streams) Adult Skills Programmes.


Community Learning Framework
Staffordshire County Council

For the avoidance of doubt this is not a Call for Competition, this is to initiate a soft market testing process.
Staffordshire County Council’s Community Learning Service is seeking to engage suppliers to deliver a wide range of community learning programmes online, face-to-face and blended throughout the eight districts: Cannock, East Staffordshire, Tamworth, Lichfield, South Staffordshire, Stafford, Newcastle-under-Lyme, and Staffordshire Moorlands. Provision will be aligned to the Council’s priority outcomes and the Community Learning Service’s commissioning priorities to complement the provision currently delivered across Staffordshire.
A Framework for Community Learning provision currently exists and is due to expire 31st July 2023. The Community Learning budget is grant funded annually by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). The Community Learning Service has approved ESFA training provider status and currently works with schools, colleges, third sector organisations, independent training providers and local community groups to secure and deliver a range of learning opportunities for adults and families across Staffordshire.
Market engagement consists of the following:
• A Consultation Survey seeking your views and opinions to inform the Community Learning Specification. The Survey will close 30th September 2022.
• A Market Engagement Event delivered via Microsoft Teams on Monday 15th August 2022, 10:00am – 11:30am. If you would like to attend the event, please email and use ‘Community Learning Market Engagement Event 15th August 2022‘ as the subject. To receive an invite please email no later than 11th August 2022. By attending suppliers will have the opportunity to be part of:
a) Shaping the vision for the future service by revisiting and exploring the questions within the survey
b) Contributing to early thinking of new commissioning arrangements
• A further Market Engagement Event delivered via Microsoft Teams on Monday 31st October 2022, 10:00am – 11:30am. If you would like to attend the event, please email and use ‘Community Learning Market Engagement Event 31st October 2022 as the subject. To receive an invite please email no later than 26th October 2022. By attending suppliers will have the opportunity to be part of:
a) Shaping the vision for the future service.
b) Contributing to early thinking of new commissioning arrangements.
c) Understanding the procurement timeline and process moving forwards.
We recommend attending both Market Engagement Events and to register on the Council’s e-tendering system

Prior Information Notice: Business Wales Delivery 2023-2028
Welsh Government

Published: 5 July 2022
Awaiting more details (2 August 2022)

Through Business Wales, the Welsh Government offers business support services to inspire entrepreneurs to help start, sustain and grow businesses in Wales. Business Wales is delivered through a blend of external suppliers, grant awards (third party providers) and ‘in-house’ Welsh Government teams. The Business Wales service encompasses a range of products and services offering information, advice and support online, via phone, virtually or in person in English and Welsh.
Certain elements of the Business Wales service are currently delivered by external suppliers, expected to run until 2023.
This Prior Information Notice relates to the Welsh Government’s intention to procure suitably skilled supplier(s) to deliver 3 elements of the Business Wales services from April 2023 onwards (the “Services”)
The Services will consist of four (4) separate Lots.
Lot 1 – Business Wales: Supporting Entrepreneurs and Starting a Business,
Lot 2 – Business Wales: Business Development,
Lot 3 – Business Wales: Accelerating Business Growth and
Lot 4 – Business Wales: Brand & Marketing Communications.

Read full details and register your interest. 

Open Tender: Mental Health Employment Advisors co-located in Job Centres
Cornwall Council

Published: Deadline: Value:                  
  7 July 2022 8 August 2022 £434,885.00

There is a long history of unemployment having an adverse impact on health with a reduction in psychological wellbeing and greater incidence of anxiety, depression, poor mental health and risk of suicide (10-12). Whilst poor mental health and wellbeing can be a predictor for unemployment (13), spells of unemployment have been found to predict reduced quality of life and life satisfaction after the age of 50 (14). There is a need for funders and mental health systems to support policies and practices that address long-term unemployment and its impact on mental health and wellbeing (11). The NHS Kernow adult mental health strategy for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly supports the adoption of the prevention concordat for better mental health. Improving population wellbeing through targeting the wider determinants of health such as employment and health inequalities is a core component of the strategy.

Since 2018, The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) grant funded Mental Health Employment Advisors (MHEA) being co-located in eleven job centres across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to support individuals with their mental health and wellbeing and help them back into employment. With additional funding from Public Health, this service comes to an end on the 30th September 2022. This service has been delivered by Pentreath, a charity formed in 1991 to provide support and guidance to people experiencing and recovering from mental ill health across Cornwall (24). The intervention targets adults aged 16+ years who accessed a job centre and self-declared that their mental health acted as a barrier to accessing appropriate employment. The intervention includes supporting people over a 2-4 month period, which includes an initial assessment to identify their mental health needs, ability to work and then identify a personalised action plan to help them back into employment and improve their mental health and wellbeing.

With the service coming to an end in September 2022, there is a need to address the ongoing economic pressures and rising living costs on society. This new contract specification covers the commissioning of the MHEA project co-located in eleven job centres across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, as well as the Devonport job centre, to ensure that people living in the Southeast of Cornwall using job centres in Plymouth also receive the support they need. This new service will run for the next three years. This will start on the 1st October 2022 to prevent there being a gap in service provision. This will work closely with the job centres through co-location to support adults aged 16 years and over who declare that their mental health acts as a barrier to employment. Those delivering the service must be co-located to meet the needs of individuals and have knowledge of local support for their employment and mental health and wellbeing needs, as well as other needs such as substance mis-use, housing and wider lifestyle issues including debt and finances. The service must deliver positive outcomes for local people accessing job centres, which includes moving towards employment (e.g. new employment, training, volunteering and other social value) and clinical improvements in mental health and wellbeing. This specification lays out the requirements of this contract.


Youth Employment Service
East Suffolk Council

Published: 15 July 2022
Deadline: 16 August 2022
Value: –

East Suffolk Council is recommissioning a Youth Employment Service for 16-24 year olds, focussing primarily on those who are currently not in employment, education or training (NEET), but also providing a universal offer to any young person seeking advice and support. The service will support and encourage young people to become work ready and ultimately move into paid work, work placements, employment, voluntary work, education, apprenticeships and/or training.

Full details

Independent Advice and Guidance
London Borough of Brent
Published: 19 July 2022
Deadline: 18 August 2022
Value: £2,000,000

The Independent Advice and Guidance (IAG) service will be delivered as a face-to-face service in multiple locations across the borough as well as through a range of channels. The service will be accessible to all sector of the community and will cover a range of topics from benefits advice, debt management, employment rights and many others. This will be a professional service which is accessible to all and delivered free of charge. The contract will be for a period of two years with the option of two single-year extensions (2+1+1). The maximum contract value will be £500,000 per annum and £2,000,000 over the Contract Period.

Full details


NEET Autumn 2022
Kent County Council

Published: 3 August 2022
Deadline: 30 August 2022
Value: £100k

There has been a long-term decline in NEET provision across the county. In Autumn 2021, Reconnect provided some funding to deliver re-engagement provision in areas, where provision was particularly lacking.

Despite new provision being launched in the county, the NEET Support Service have identified 4 areas where there is urgent need for provision:

• Thanet • Swale • Maidstone • Gravesend

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to many students becoming very disengaged from education and continue to struggle to access services and education. A high number are experiencing mental health problems. We are looking for projects to re-engage these young people.

These should offer:

• Activities that will bridge the gap back into mainstream education and services.

• Activities should be needs lead based on an initial assessment.

• Motivational/confidence building support

• Employability/Soft skills development

• Mentoring/personal support

• Maths and English where required – a recognised qualification such as functional skills.

• Work Experience/community activities/general positive activities

• Support for those experiencing mental health issues.

This is an indicative list, and we are open to other offers if the bidder can demonstrate they are effective in re-engaging NEET young people. Delivery should primarily be face to face for this client group.
Full details here

Open tender: Evaluation of Fair Start Scotland Employability Service Extension Period (April 2021 – March 2023)
Scottish Government
Published: 6 July 2022
Deadline: 1 September 2022
Value: –
The Scottish Government (Employability Division and Office of the Chief Economic Adviser) wishes to commission primary research activity as part of an ongoing evaluation of the process and outcomes from the devolved Scottish employability service Fair Start Scotland (FSS). CPV: 73000000.

Read more. 


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