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Provider Appointment – Financial Wellbeing Service

Thu 29 Apr 2021

The deadline for submission of tenders is 12 noon on 20th May 2021.

Your tender should be submitted electronically to: tenders@enterprisesupport.org

Tenders received after the deadline will not be accepted.

Interviews, should they be required, will be held on the 25th May 2021.

This brief outlines the requirements of the Stafford and South Staffordshire Building Better Opportunities Programme for a Financial Wellbeing Service. The brief begins with an outline of the project followed by a description of the scope of the services needed.  Finally, the brief includes the tender submission form which needs to be completed and returned by the submission deadline.

The Big Lottery is using its own resources to match against European Union (EU) funding to create a fund aimed at delivering against the ‘Promoting Social Inclusion and Combating Poverty’ part of the current European Social Fund (ESF) programme, launched in 2015.  The funding will be delivered in the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area according to local priorities through three relatively small but highly targeted, projects. BES was awarded £2.3m in January 2017 to work with its delivery partners to deliver the programme in the South Staffordshire Council and Stafford Borough Council areas.  We have just entered the fifth year of delivery and, having achieved the majority of our targets to date, have been awarded a further £2.2m to continue delivery to September 2022 with the expectation of a further extension to June 2023.

The programme aims to support those furthest from the labour market in overcoming barriers to employment, which, typically, fall within the following broad categories:

  • Lack of vocational/basic skills, lack of qualifications;
  • Financial problems - debt, insecurity, benefit delays;
  • Lack of self-confidence/personal development skills;
  • Poor health and disability;
  • Inadequate or unaffordable childcare;
  • Employer uncertainty;
  • Discrimination – including ex-offenders, people with disabilities, race, gender, postcode;
  • Transport - access and availability;
  • Pay, work conditions, working hours; and
  • Lack of advice and support - particularly for people with multiple advice and support needs.

Typically, those furthest from employment experience multiple of these barriers in getting a job or moving into training or education.

The Stafford and South Staffordshire Building Better Opportunities programme aims to support participants in getting into work or closer to work through the delivery of an integrated package of support which enables participants to progressively remove barriers to employment. 

Delivery of the programme involves a range of partners in direct service delivery roles with BES being the lead partner with contract management responsibilities. 

The effectiveness of the model depends on the effectiveness of joint working arrangements to:

Engage participants;

  • ‘Sign-up’ participants to receive support;
  • Properly understand and assess the needs and circumstances of clients;
  • Prepare personal development and employment plans with participants;
  • Enable participants to access appropriate support from other delivery partners and external bodies; and
  • Progress participants into employment, education or training.

Please direct any enquiries about the tender specification to David Gibson on 07737 115493 or at davidg@enterprisesupport.org.