Supply chain contracting

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:

PeoplePlus have issued an Expression of Interest (EOI) form for organisations interested in partnering them as subcontractors on the IPES programme in Central England, North East England and Wales. 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.

The Scottish Government has awarded contracts worth up to £96 million to help people find and stay in work. Fair Start Scotland service aims to help at least 38,000 people to find employment and will start in April 2018. Participation will be on a voluntary basis. The programme includes funding for supported employment and IPS provision.

Topics: 
Commissioning, Procurement, Supply chain contracting, Work Programme
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Report

The Government will fail to create a level playing field in the competition between bidders for the Work and Health programme, according to new research published by the independent think tank Reform. Bidding has started for the Work and Health Programme, which will provide back-to-work services for long term unemployed and disabled people from October 2017.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Supply chain contracting, Merlin, Work Choice, Work Programme
Year of Publication: 
2013
Type: 
Guidance

The Merlin Standard is a standard of behaviour which DWP prime providers are expected to adhere to in their relationship with their subcontractors. It is designed to encourage excellence in supply chain management by DWP prime providers. This ensures the fair treatment of sub-contractors and development of healthy high performing supply chains. The development of the Merlin Standard responded directly to concerns raised by DWP providers, especially those not operating as prime contractors, around potential unfair treatment within supply chains.

Publisher: 
BASE
Topics: 
Commissioning, Personal budgets, Supply chain contracting, Personalisation
Year of Publication: 
2012
Type: 
Guidance, Report

Published jointly with the British Institute of Learning Disabilites (BILD), this guide sets out what the key issues around personalisation and supported employment are, particularly for people with a learning disability and people with autism. It describes the supported employment model and current funding streams that can be used. The guide explores some of the challenges for jobseekers and for supported employment providers and how these might be overcome. The booklet costs £4 and is available from the BILD bookstore.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Commissioning, Procurement, Supply chain contracting, DWP, Merlin, Work Choice, Work Programme
Year of Publication: 
2011
Type: 
Report, Web link

The Merlin Standard has been designed to recognise and promote sustainable excellence and positive partnership working within supply chains and provide guidance to those seeking to achieve it.

http://www.merlinstandard.co.uk/

Publisher: 
Supported Employment Associations
Topics: 
Supply chain contracting, Quality, Supported employment
Year of Publication: 
2010
Type: 
Framework, Guidance

The European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE) has produced a toolkit for providers and other interested parties. This toolkit consists of a range of Position Papers and How to Guides and has been designed to increase the knowledge and skills of professionals responsible for the delivery of Supported Employment services. The toolkit is primarily aimed at service providers for use in their staff development programmes. The 11 position papers cover a range of topics including, client engagement, vocational profiling, employer contact, in-work support, and career development.

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