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National Careers Service – Expressions of Interest – January 2018

The Growth Company (GC) is seeking Stage 1 Expressions of Interest for supply chain partners in the North West, Yorkshire and The Humber for the Area Based National Careers Service Contract (October 2018 – September 2021 with the option to extend for a further 2 years).

Please note: This is an additional call for EOIs, following our call in November 2017.  If you were shortlisted in that exercise you DO NOT need to reapply.

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.

GC is a not-for-profit organisation delivering a wide range of people and business-facing services, including services within The North West, Yorkshire and The Humber.

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.  Ofsted rate our National Careers Service supply chain management as “exceptional” (Feb 17) and, amongst other support, suppliers access our CDI award-winning package of CPD.

To apply for this opportunity 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: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/manchestergrowthcompany/aspx/Home.

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 opportunity.

  1.        TITLE: National Careers Service Expression of Interest January 2018 (REFERENCE: EOI NW and Y&H)

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

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday 12th January 2018. Any submissions received after the deadline time will not be accepted. This is automated on the In-tend platform, therefore, you are encouraged to allow adequate time to upload your bid.  Please do not email your EOI 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

We look forward to receiving your response.