Current and Future Tendering Opportunities for Social Enterprise / SMEs

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Below are some selected  future contract and tender opportunities that may be of interest to social enterprise / third sector organisations to apply for either individually or in partnership with each other or private sector organisations. Where possible we will include opportunities that contain a Community Benefits approach. You may be required to register at the linked to websites to view the full information or to register an interest.

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Dundee Employability Pipeline – Partners Sought

The Wise Group is one of Scotland’s leading social enterprises, transforming lives since 1983. We are currently developing a bid for Dundee City Council Employability Pipeline Services and we are considering which partners to work with over the two year contract between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2019.

The Dundee Employability Pipeline is a multi-service programme of support for eligible jobless citizens of Dundee, providing a 5-stage pathway from worklessness to sustainable employment.

More information on the programme can be found on Public Contracts Scotland.

Our approach is to work with partners who can bring local knowledge or expertise, are already embedded into local delivery and can demonstrate the impact of their work. We are currently looking for partners who can deliver one or more elements of the Pipeline: Engagement, Personal Needs, Employability Needs, Job Brokerage/Matching or In Work Aftercare Support.

Please find the expression of interest form to be completed here and submit it to Neil Young, Development Executive at neil_young@thewisegroup.co.uk. Any queries can be submitted to Neil Young with the words “Dundee Employability Pipeline” in the subject line.

Source: The Wise Group

Deadline Date: 4/11/16 at 17:00

National Third Sector Funding Highlands & Islands only – Competitive Funding Offer

This is a Competitive Funding Offer.
The National Third Sector Fund is an element of ESF Programmes, which SDS as a Lead Partner has been directed by the Scottish Government to Manage and Administer the Fund on their behalf.
SDS is looking for the submission of Competitive Funding proposals from the Third Sector as a key part in addressing the needs of people with the greatest difficulties in accessing employment.
Match funding must be provided by the Third Sector delivery organisations of at least 50% of total eligible cost of delivery in the Highlands & Islands local authority areas.
This Fund will mainly focus on supporting people with multiple barriers to employment stages 1 and 2 of the employability pipeline. The duration of this Competitive Funding will cover from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2018 (The latest date for eligible activity is 31 December 2018)

Deadline Date: 18/11/16 at 12:00

Occupational Health and Welfare Services including Employee Counselling – Argyll and Bute Council

There are two lots for this contract:

  • Occupational Health and Related Service
  • Employee Counselling Service

Community benefits are included in this requirement. Based on the value and term of contract being offered the Council expects you to meet a minimum of 30 Community Benefits points

Deadline Date: 21/11/16 at 12:00

ESF Programme – Big Lottery Fund Scotland

The Big Lottery Fund in Scotland is procuring five contracts to deliver support services to increase the financial capacity and improve the social inclusion of the most disadvantaged individuals and households in Argyll and Bute, Inverclyde, Dundee, North Ayrshire and Glasgow. Service providers must achieve the following outcomes through the contracts:
– An increase in disadvantaged participants with improved money management skills; and
– A decrease in disadvantaged participants affected by debt as a barrier to social inclusion.

The support must be delivered to eligible participants (as defined in the tender documents). The support may be delivered on a one to one basis or in group sessions and can be delivered face to face, over the phone or online as appropriate. Service providers will be required to use their knowledge and experience to propose the most suitable methodology for delivering the support.
The service provider will be required will be required to promote the support services on offer throughout the term of the contract in order to ensure a steady stream of participants are engaged and take up the support. For the purposes of learning and publicity the service provider will be required to collect and share suitable data such as case studies throughout the contract term in order to highlight service progression and success. Service providers will also be required to contribute towards an evaluation of the overall Delivering Financial Inclusion programme.

Deadline Date: 07/11/16 at 12:00

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Provision of advice to target key beneficiary groups to assist them in finding sustainable good quality employment.

Community benefits are included in this requirement. The Tenderer is expected to propose within their Technical response, various initiatives or activities that contribute to the Community as indicated in the Tender documentation, as well as a means of tracking and reporting this progress to the Authority that will make up part of the overall KPIs of the contract.

Deadline Date: 21/11/16 at 10:00