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National Careers Service - Supply Chain Opportunities

The National Careers Service is a free and impartial service, contracted by ESFA within the Department for Education, with the purpose of helping people improve their job prospects ensuring that there is an efficient labour market which drives growth. The service offer is available to all adults and young people living or working in England. The offer includes information and advice about learning and career management including apprenticeships and traineeships. Customers can access the service through a multi-channel offer which includes an area based service, a national contact centre and a national website. The area based service focused on adults 19+ is delivered through a multi-channel approach (face to face, telephone, digital) interacting closely with both the national contact centre and website.

The Growth Company (GC) is a Matrix accredited, Ofsted Grade 2 prime contractor of current area-based National Careers Service contracts for Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Staffordshire and Liverpool City Region, Cumbria and Lancashire – i.e. the whole of the North West region plus Staffordshire.  GC is a highly experienced provider of National Careers Service, having delivered the service and its predecessor, Next Step, since 1997.

GC is an experienced prime contractor and holds Merlin Standard accreditation for supply chain excellence.

GC is seeking supply chain partners for the following opportunities:

  1. Invitation to Tender for the Delivery of Area Based National Careers Service in Greater Manchester (January 2018 –September 2018) – DEADLINE 1pm on 12th December 2017
  2. Expressions of Interest for Area Based National Careers Service Contract (October 2018 – September 2021) – DEADLINE 5pm on 27th November 2017

GC invites interested supply chain partners to submit a tender for Opportunity 1 and Express their Interest in Opportunity 2. We welcome applicants for 1, 2 or both Opportunities.

To apply for these opportunities you are required to complete a basic registration as a supplier on the In-tend Supplier Platform at the following web address, if you are not already registered with the Growth Company:


Please note that all mandatory fields (highlighted in yellow on the In-Tend Portal) must be completed in order to register your organisation.

Once registered, you must log into the system, to see the opportunities.

These will be separate opportunities on the In-Tend Portal:

  1. TITLE: National Careers Service Invitation to Tender November 2017 (REFERENCE: OPPORTUNITY 1 ITT)
  2. TITLE: National Careers Service Expression of Interest November 2017 (REFERENCE: OPPORTUNITY 2 EOI)

You must express your interest in the opportunity (or opportunities) on In-Tend and you will be able to automatically download the documentation.  Your submission will be made on the In-tend Portal for both.

Any submissions received after the stated deadlines will not be accepted. This is automated on the In-tend platform; therefore, you are encouraged to allow adequate time to upload your submission documentation. Please do not email your bid response: any submissions received by email will be rejected.

 If you have any questions about this process, please use the In-tend platform to correspond with GC. If you require further assistance in respect of the In Tend system please contact the In-tend support team at support@in-tend.com or telephone on 0845 557 8079 / 0114 407 0065.