Monday, June 27, 2016

£499,900 Black Country ESF Call for Information, Advice & Guidance

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The Skills Funding Agency published an Information, Advice and Guidance ESF funding call for Black Country Young People aged 16-24 years. Currently £449,900 is available for the period from August 2016 to March 2018.  This may be increased if additional funding becomes available.

The Services must provide a focused careers guidance service to young people in the Black Country LEP area to enable them to identify opportunities to move into employment, training or education. This  must  include:

• providing the cohort with generic information, advice and guidance focused on their needs within the LEP area
• focused pre-employment activity for specific groups who may need more support to take advantage of opportunities work and education opportunities
• signposting young people to the NEET provision in the area for specific skills training
• working with schools, colleges and employers to develop work experience opportunities

The Services must add value to the existing National Careers Service provision and activity already taking place in schools which is delivered either in-house or via third party organisations.

Appropriately qualified practitioners must deliver the Services to ensure the standard of the Services are comparable to the services provided by the National Careers Service.

The Services must deliver a range of practical and business focussed activities targeted at young people (aged 16-24 years) and teachers/schools with the aim to inform and advise them of the various career opportunities within local businesses especially (but not restricted too) the Black Country LEP’s identified key sectors as follows:

Black Country transformational growth sectors:
• Advanced Manufacturing, including Engineering, Logistics and Food and Drink
• Building Technologies/Construction
• Transport technologies, including aerospace and automotive
• Business Services
• Environmental technologies, as a cross cutting theme across the above sectors.

Black Country local growth clusters:

• Dudley- Visitor Economy
• Sandwell- Food and food technology
• Walsall- Health and Social Care
• Wolverhampton- Creative and cultural industries

The deadline for this call is 25th July 2016.

You can find the specification and associated documents on the Contracts Finder website on GOV.UKPlease note that this invitation to tender is by invite only via the Skills Funding Agency E-Bravo Portal, and is not an open call to all candidates.

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