Potential providers should note that there will be a tender exercise to select the providers this summer, opening in mid-August 2018 in order for ESFA Transition Programme services to commence delivery in April 2019.

In conjunction with the Gloucestershire & Wiltshire partnership, the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership ran an event on Friday 31 August 2018 to publicise the tender exercise and help potential providers to gain a better understanding of the local priorities.

A presentation from the event is available here

Tenders leading to delivery of services in Swindon and Wiltshire were published Department for Education eTendering portal in August, alongside a total of around £250m of contracts being offered. The tenders will only open until 17 September 2018.

The ESFA Transition Programme is looking to agree contracts for delivery of three services in the Swindon and Wiltshire area. The ESFA will make contracts with providers to deliver services under ESF programme investment priorities:

  • Priority 1.2 for people aged 15 - 24;
  • Priority 2.1 for support to workforce and redundancy, and;
  • Priority 1.4 to deliver a programme of Community Grants.

In brief, the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership have local priorities for:

  • Services that support people aged 15-24 years old who are NEET or at risk of NEET. In particular to help people disadvantaged in the labour market because of poor educational attainment, learning difficulties, mental or physical disability.
  • Services which help local businesses by supporting the up-skilling and reskilling of their workforces. The focuses of the service will be on supporting business digitalisation, helping people into apprenticeships, and leadership and management training in SMEs.
  • A community grants scheme that addresses the Swindon and Wiltshire ESIF strategy promoting social inclusion theme, including support for inclusive enterprise, working with employers to establish paths into employment, and promoting inclusion through learning and volunteering.