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Tender Opportunity for Specialist Employability support (planned publication date August 2018)

About Step Forward Tees Valley

The Northern Inclusion Consortium (NIC) delivers the Step Forward Tees Valley programme across the Tees Valley Area and aims to support people experiencing barriers and complex needs move closer towards work and training opportunities.

As part of their Building Better Opportunities (BBO) Programme in Tees Valley, NIC are looking to appoint a service provider to deliver a specific support service to participants experiencing Autism, Asperger Syndrome and Learning Difficulties.

The service will be expected to cover the Darlington, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and the Redcar and Cleveland local authority areas.

The SFTV programme has defined objectives to:

• Increase the access and engagement onto the programme

• Improve the confidence, employability and job-specific skills of all participants on the Step Forward Tees Valley programme by coordinating an offer of education and skills learning

In seeking to meet these overall objectives NIC has recently engaged a third party provider to pilot a support programme to provide specialist support to help improve the training and employability prospects of participants experiencing Autism, Asperger Syndrome and Learning Difficulties. Following successful completion of the initial but limited 8-week pilot programme NIC have determined a need to expand and enhance the existing pilot over the remaining life of the programme – currently to September 2019.

NIC are now looking to appoint a suitable provider to deliver the service for an initial 11-12 months to end of August 2019 (with an option to extend depending on the life of the overall programme).

The successful provider will be expected to have specialist knowledge, understanding and experience of working with the target audience and delivering tangible outcomes. SFTV stress that the specialist support required for this particular group is clearly over and above that typically provided by general employability interventions.

Interested parties who believe they have the right skills and experience to deliver such a service and would like to receive a copy of the tender documents should register their interest as follows:

By email

To Paul.Dixon@changing-lives.org.uk (on behalf of Northern Inclusion Consortium).

You should quote your contact name, telephone number and email address.

It is anticipated that the invitation to tender will be issued electronically to interested parties on Monday 27 August 2018. Any change to the proposed date will be notified accordingly.