14th Jul 2014
The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is currently the only organisation in England to be allocated a ring-fenced amount of ESF from the new 2014-20 Programme for a national programme of employment and skills support.
Activities will focus on helping offenders move into sustainable employment through a programme of training, mentoring, and work placement or volunteering activity, supplemented with advice and guidance to address specific issues such as homelessness or drug dependency. The emphasis will be on those furthest from mainstream activity, with an additional focus on specific hard-to-reach groups within each ESF Contract Area.
In April, NOMS published an advance notice to tender to appoint one prime contractor in each of the nine English regions for the period 2015-20. It is expected that the formal invitation to tender will be published on the Government’s Contracts Finder website this summer. Bids will be submitted via a two stage process, with first stage proposals due in late summer 2014 and final proposals early in the New Year.
We’ll keep you updated as further information on the programme becomes available. If you would like to discuss how we could help you to access this opportunity, please contact Helen at New Skills Consulting.