The Greater London Authority (GLA) has announced a further Information Session in respect of the forthcoming £2m Sector Skills – Early Years tender which is aimed at supporting unemployed Londoners, both young people and adults, to gain industry-relevant qualifications, experience and skills, and progress into sustainable employment in the early years sector.
The event will take place on 10 December at City Hall, subject to conclusion of the standstill period for Round 1 of the Mayor’s ESF 2019-23 Programme procurement on 3 December 2019.
Update – 3 December
The GLA have now published details of the Information Session for the Early Years tender on Eventbrite. The event will take place between 10:00 and midday.
They have also announced Information Sessions for the following tenders:
- Careers Clusters: will work with and facilitate sustainable relationships between local secondary schools/colleges and employers/Higher Education to better equip their students for the world of work. The GLA are looking to award grants of £400,000 each to five Careers Clusters. Event time/location: 13:00-15:00 on 16 December at City Hall
- Sector Skills – Creative Sector Skills: is a £2m project that aims to support the development of a more diverse and appropriately skilled workforce enabling creative sector businesses in London to reach their full potential through support to unemployed Londoners, both young people and adults, to gain industry relevant qualifications, experience and skills and to progress into sustainable creative sector employment opportunities. Event time/location: 15:30-17:30 on 16 December at City Hall
- South London Targeted NEET: is a £977,000 project aimed at supporting NEET Londoners with other specific complex needs or characteristics of disadvantage which increase the risk of their suffering from reduced opportunities, low incomes and unemployment later in life. Event time/location: 12:30-14:00 on 13 December at Sutton College
Update – 7 January
Details of the Information Session for the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities NEET tender have now been announced. Three grants with a combined value of £6.5m will provide individually tailored support for Londoners aged 16 to 24 with SEND who are Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) to achieve sustained education, training or employment. Each of the grants will focus on one of three groups:
- young people who have learning difficulties;
- young people who have physical disabilities and/or long-term health needs; and
- young people who have Social Emotional and Mental Health needs.
The Information Session will take place on 14 January between 16:00 and 18:00 at City Hall.
Update – 13 January
Details of the remaining Information Sessions have now been published by the GLA:
- Sector Skills – Session for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM): this £2m project is aimed at supporting unemployed Londoners, both young people and adults, to gain industry relevant qualifications, experience and skills and progress into sustainable employment in STEM sectors. Event time/location: 21 January between 14:00 and 16:00 at Avonmouth House.
- West London Targeted NEET: this £1,667,000 project is aimed at supporting NEET Londoners with other specific complex needs or characteristics of disadvantage which increases the risk of their suffering from reduced opportunities, low incomes and unemployment later in life. Event time/location: 24 January between 14:00 and 16:00 at the DoubleTree Hotel, Ealing Common.
- Gangs Prevention: this £3m project will support young people who are on the trajectory of serious offending in gangs and will focus on improving engagement with education and increasing employability, as well as tackling family factors through close work with other support services. Event time/location: 28 January between 12:00 and 14:00 at Avonmouth House.
All the above tenders, including Sector Skills – Early Years appear to be re-tenders of Lots from the GLA’s Round 1 ESF procurement, resulting from the GLA failing to award the tender to any of the original bidders.
The GLA expects the tenders to be launched in launch in March with six weeks to submit the tenders, so get in touch as soon as possible if you need support with submitting a tender as I am always fully committed shortly after the tenders have been launched.