April 2021

Transport for London (TfL) has issued a market sounding questionnaire. It seeks to obtain market feedback in relation to the design, delivery and management of supported internship provision for the Steps into Work programme. The primary focus of the MSQ is to better understand market/supplier appetite, capacity and capability, as well as perceived risks and opportunities.

TfL's employability programmes provide work readiness skills and opens doors to employment to some of the most disadvantaged groups in society. Individuals who fall into these groups have been disproportionately impacted by the current pandemic and now face even greater barriers to employment. The employability programmes are currently undergoing a redesign to better support those that most need it, through partnerships with charities, delivery partners and business stakeholders.

DWP has announced that it has awarded Restart contracts to bidders in all 12 contract package areas following a commercial process through the Commercial Agreement for Employment and Health Related Services [CAEHRS].

Four of the Restart bidders were successful and have each been awarded two contracts, these are: Ingeus, Maximus, Reed in Partnership and Serco. All other successful bidders have been awarded one contract each area, these are: Fedcap Employment, G4S, Jobs 22 and Seetec Pluss. 

City of Wolverhampton Council is issuing an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for a Supported Employment service. The initial contract term is for 3 years with the option for up to a 2 year extension.

The Council is committed to supporting disabled and vulnerable (young) people to fulfil their potential and to contribute to society through employment. The core element of the Service will provide personalised and enabling support to assist working age individuals to find and maintain meaningful, paid employment to the following groups:

i. Adults with eligible care and support needs - learning difficulties, physical disabilities and/or autism.

ii. Adults (aged up to 65 years) with eligible care and support needs - significant learning difficulties (those furthest away from the job market) who fulfil the requirements of the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework for Employment (ASCOF)

The Prince's Trust wish to appoint up to 12 suppliers to partner with them on the delivery of their health and social care programme across England. 

They require organisations/consortia with a track record of delivering employment support to young people. The organisations will have strong connections to the health and social care sector, or be employers in the sector, in order to secure the experiences and job opportunities for young people to move into.  The organisations will deliver pre-employment support in partnership with The Prince’s Trust with job outcomes which will support under-represented groups in accessing employment within the health and social care sector.