DWP: Delivery of a national programme of Step into Work

Location: England

Value: £35,000 to £350,000

Procurement reference: CF-0435500D0O000000rwimUAA2

Closing date: 25 November 2021

Closing time: 12pm

Contract dates: 10 January 2022 – 9 January 2025

Health Education England (HEE) is seeking to commission the delivery of a national programme of Step into Work, an off the shelf employability programme designed by trusts or social care organisations (or collaborations) in partnership with DWP, for adults aged 19+ receiving work related benefits to support them into health and social care roles. This work forms part of the Talent for Care strategic framework with a particular focus on widening participation for unemployed adults into entry level health and social care roles.

This is a continuation of the current Step Into Work national programme and we are now looking to commission a further 10 organisations (trusts, social care or collaborations) to develop, deliver and evaluate an employability programme in partnership with DWP aimed at adults aged 19+ in receipt of work-related benefits aiming to progress individuals into entry level health and social care roles. This employability programme has the ability to flex the content and delivery to enable organisations to target particular widening access and participation groups within your communities and work to solve a workforce challenge.

Quotations are invited to deliver these employment programme spanning over 3 years from 2022 – 2025. Regular reports, (anonymised) data and a full evaluation will be required.

Further information relating to this project can be found at HEE’s e-tendering portal at the link below. All clarification questions and submission bids must be received via this portal only. Registration is free of charge. https://health-family-contract-search.secure.force.com/?SearchType=Projects



Cash boost for T Levels

Picture of Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills Gillian Keegan

The original press release can be found here. 

Employers will be able to claim a £1,000 cash boost for every T Level student they host on a high-quality industry placement, as part of a new incentive scheme launched today (27 May).

The new technical qualifications – co-created with over 250 employers including Fujitsu and Amazon – are equivalent to three A Levels and uniquely combine classroom study with industry placements.

T Levels are a key part of the government’s reforms to revolutionise skills and technical education, generating the skilled workforce that businesses need for the future and giving students the experience they need to progress into well-paid jobs, further study or an apprenticeship.  

Industry placements form a key component of T Level courses, with students spending at least 45 days (or 315 hours) with an employer. They offer local businesses an excellent chance to nurture and build a skilled talent pipeline for the future, while helping to level up opportunities as we recover from the pandemic. Students gain vital hands-on experience and invaluable insight of the world of work, setting them up for success in the next steps of their career.

Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills Gillian Keegan said:

T Levels are a game changer for young people, providing a fantastic high-quality technical alternative to A levels and helping to produce the skilled talent pipeline of tomorrow as we recover from the pandemic.

Employers are already recognising the value hosting a T Level industry placement can bring to their business, helping them to build the skilled workforce they need for the future. This temporary cash boost will help even more employers to experience the benefits, while also providing young people with invaluable first-hand experience in the workplace.

The incentive fund is designed to offer support to employers impacted by the pandemic, to ensure they can continue to host placements. Employers will be able to claim for up to 20 students for the available T Level subject areas from 27 May 2021 until July 2022.

The first three T Levels in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction, Digital Production, Design and Development and Education and Childcare were introduced in September 2020. A further seven will be available from 2021 in subjects including Healthcare, Science and Onsite Construction and subjects including Finance, Media, Broadcast and Production and Legal Services will be introduced from 2022 and 2023.

The fund will complement the Employer Support Package already in place, which provides support for employers to deliver high-quality industry placements, through online guidance, case studies and workshops and an Invitation to Tender will be launched this summer. This package will be continued into the 2021/22 academic year.

Also published today is a new Employer Guide to help businesses understand how to host an industry placement, including details on what is expected of them during the placement.

This package of support builds on the government’s work to transform post-16 education so every young adult has a range of opportunities open to them, removing the illusion that a degree is the only path to a good career.

Chris Young, Education and Skills Delivery Manager, Hinkley Point C Project said:

T Levels bring many benefits to business and that’s why we have committed to supporting T Level industry placements as part of the Hinkley Point C Project in the 2021/22 curriculum year.

We worked with our partners Bridgwater & Taunton College during the pandemic to offer support to learners and we continue to work closely with them to support both the digital and construction T Level pathways we’ll offer from September.

The funding boost comes on top of the £165 million already invested through the capacity and delivery funding in 2018/19 to support further education providers prepare for the delivery of high quality industry placements.

An additional £7 million has also been invested though the employer support pilot fund to work with employers to test ways to support them to offer placements.

This is part of the wider investment of nearly £500 million that includes capital funding to improve the quality of facilities and equipment to be used to deliver T Levels, and investment in the T Level Professional Development (TLPD) offer.

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