Procurement

The Out of Work Service and In-Work Support Service, which are helping Welsh people to rebuild their lives, will be extended until 2025.

The Out of Work Service helps the most vulnerable and those "furthest away from the labour market". It is specifically focused on providing long term support to people recovering from mental health or substance misuse issues. The service provides support through a national network of peer mentors – people who have themselves recovered from issues such as mental ill-health or substance misuse. 

DfE has published details of its Investment in Supported Internships Programme support contract. The contract is split into 2 lots: one to strengthen delivery of the Supported Internship programme and one to deliver job coach training. Bids are invited before 13 May and must be submitted through the Jaggaer e-procurement portal.

The DfE wants to build the capacity of the SI programme and are aiming to double the number of SIs from c.2,250 internship enrolments per annum to c.4,500 per annum by 2025.

 

We are very pleased to announce the official launch of the Government Opportunities (GO) Scottish Public Procurement Online Conference, which will take place on 3rd March 2022.

Cabinet Office has established a programme to encourage greater involvement form the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors within the delivery of Government contracts.

We have received the following message from DWP about the new Flexible Support Fund dynamic purchasing system (FSF DPS 2). This new system will replace the current DPS when it expires on 31 October 2021.

The online engagement events take place on August 26, September 1, 6, 9 and 14 and places can be booked through Eventbrite.

DWP Commercial Employment Category is conducting an exercise to analyse the effectiveness of Tender Assurance practices in its procurements. They have conducted a number of tender assurance exercises within DWP and would like to understand the employment supplier market’s views on the effectiveness of these activities. They invite you to complete a short survey to feedback your organisation’s views to help improve their commercial process. The survey will take no longer than ten minutes to complete and all responses will be anonymous.

Social Security Scotland has published its Corporate Procurement Strategy for 2021-2023 and it gives details of forthcoming contract opportunities. 

Supported Businesses have been awarded more than £2 million in contracts to support the set-up of Social Security Scotland offices in Dundee and Glasgow.

The Scottish Government Framework for Supported Businesses was used to invite bids from organisations that employ at least 30% disabled or disadvantaged people within their workforce. BASE has been active in supporting the development of the Scottish procurement frameworks.

The Department for Work and Pensions is organising a market engagement event for an Autism Accreditation Contract. They are seeking a provider that is well experienced in working with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and highly experienced in developing accreditations.

The following information is taken from the Test & Learn DPS and may be subject to amendment. Please log in to ensure that you are reading the latest documentation.

Social Enterprise Scotland is organising a Corporate Challenge Bootcamp week which runs 19th-23rd July. The week features a number of sessions designed for all social enterprises interested in supply chain and procurement.

 

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