Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Greater Manchester Health  & Social Care  Partnership (GMHSCP) are working on a joint project to increase Specialist Employment Service provision (Supported Employment and Individual Placement and Support) for people with learning disabilities, people with severe mental illness and autistic adults specifically. It is proposed that this is done through the commissioning of a new GM service, part funded by European funding.

West Sussex County Council has launched a tender opportunity for a Supported Employment Service. The provider will be required to deliver the service across West Sussex targeting people with a lifelong disability or autism, who face complex barriers into employment. The service will address these barriers and help people to navigate and access the range of services available.

With this in mind, the supported employment service has been designed to support people:

A new service line for "In-Work Progression" has been added to the Test & Learn DPS. Providers must be accredited against the new In-Work Progression service line to be eligible to receive the ITTs in relation to these projects outlined.

The Royal Borough of Kingston (the Council) proposes to provide a supported employment service for clients known to the Council, aged between 18-64, including: Learning Disabilities (LD), Homelessness, Drug and Alcohol misuse, Mental Health, LD Children and Young People in Transition This service will be delivered in the Royal Borough of Kingston.

The Growth Company (formerly trading as The Work Company) have issued an Expression of Interest (EOI) form for organisations interested in partnering them as subcontractors on the IPES programme in North West England. It's a very tight turnaround as bids have to be submitted by 8 April. You'll find the EOI form attached.

The IPES programme is only open for bids from organisations on the Umbrella Framework. These are:

Members should be aware that DWP has issued procurement information about the new Intensive Personalised Employment Support (IPES) programme through the Umbrella Framework. The documentation went out last week and prime providers have a very tight deadline of 29 March to submit their bids. Members may want to approach potential bidders to discuss subcontracting opportunities.

Lincolnshire County Council wishes to commission a Supported Employment service that will help people with a learning disability and autism that are known to Adult Care and Community Wellbeing Services to experience work and retain paid employment. This service will be known as the Specialist Tailored Employment Partnership.

NHS England has confirmed the bidding process for Wave 2 of the Individual Placement Support funding and launched it on 7 November. Applications should be returned by close of play on Wednesday 5th December 2018 to and copy to

We are trying to locate all the documentation needed to submit an application and will post a link on this page.

DWP has issued a contract notice announcing a new Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for Employment and Health Related Test and Learn Provision.

Jobcentre Plus would like to work with partners to improve the employment prospects of individuals facing complex barriers in Somerset and North Somerset. They are looking for imaginative and innovative proposals from organisations to support individuals with mental health barriers to employment.

This opportunity will be administered by Jobcentre Plus through grant funding. The funding available for this is up to a maximum of £99,000 and will be awarded to a lead accountable body (LAB). A LAB must be a legal entity with auditable accounts.


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