Greater Manchester Combined Authority Education, Work and Skills Flexible Procurement System Launched

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has launched the procurement of its Education, Work and Skills Flexible Procurement System.

The GMCA’s ambition is to create an integrated labour market eco-system that better responds to the needs of residents, communities and businesses, and which contributes to the inclusive growth and productivity of Greater Manchester’s economy.

To achieve this objective, the Flexible Procurement System will support:

  • Easier and quicker commissioning of education, work and skills activity;
  • Minimise the timescale for procurement activity; and
  • Reduce confusion and administration whilst creating opportunities for a wider range of suppliers to bid for GMCA commissioned activity.

Activity will be principally funded through the European Social Fund (ESF) and devolved Adult Education Budget (AEB), and will include the delivery of:

  • Support and guidance into work for a variety of vulnerable, marginalised or underrepresented groups;
  • Careers support for young people;
  • Support, guidance and training for in work adults;
  • Accredited training in a variety of professions up to Level 6;
  • Non-accredited skills training and continuous professional development;
  • Working in partnership with industries and employers to design specific training provision to up skill those in employment and unemployed where there is an identified skills gap; and
  • Providing support and training to identified groups, Suppliers and individuals

To take part, a Supplier Selection Questionnaire (SSQ) and associated documents have to be submitted via the The Chest tendering portal by midday on 2 October 2020.

As always, get in touch as soon as possible if you need help with submitting an tender to join the GMCA Education, Work and Skills Flexible Procurement System.