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Due to the number of providers who have experienced disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic The Growth Company are re-opening the recent release of our Framework.

Providers are invited to submit a tender response to join our European Social Fund (ESF) and Adult Education Budget (AEB) Provider Framework. This framework will cover future opportunities around our current Prime ESF and AEB contracts across The North West and South Yorkshire.

The Framework will operate across Greater Manchester, Lancashire, South Yorkshire and Liverpool City Region, and will be made up of providers who can support GC deliver across one or more of the Contract Areas defined below:

Contract Area 1: Skills Support for the Workforce- Greater Manchester

Contract Area 2: Skills Support for The Work Force - Lancashire

Contract Area 3: Skills Support for the Workforce - More Developed (Lot 1) & Transitional (Lot 2) Sheffield City Region

Contract Area 4: Skills Support for the Unemployed Greater Manchester

Contract Area 5: Skills Support for the Unemployed Sheffield City Region - More Developed (Lot 1) & Transitional (Lot 2)

Contract Area 6: Supply of support for individuals who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) or at risk of NEET Greater Manchester

Contract Area 7: Adult Education Budget (AEB) Liverpool City Region (LCR)

Contract Area 8: Adult Education Budget (AEB) Greater Manchester (GM)


This framework will cover future opportunities around our current Prime ESF and AEB contracts. There is no limit to the number of providers admitted.


**Existing providers already on the Framework do not need to reapply, but may wish to resubmit their Document D, Matrix of Delivery to identify new areas of delivery. Please see the tender documentation for further details.

 **Providers unsuccessful in joining the Framework in July 2019 OR November 2019 are welcome to reapply**

The deadline for submissions is 9:00 Monday 11th May 2020.

To apply for the framework, please register on our In-Tend site to download the documentation which contains instructions and information for your submission, including specification of requirements, and the key assessment and evaluation criteria that will be used to assess offers.   You are required to make your submission via the GC In-tend e-tendering platform at the following web address:


Please download the documentation attached to the following project:

 Invitation to Tender for The Growth Company's ESF - AEB Provider Framework - EXTENSION - APRIL 2020

If you have any questions about this process, please use the In-Tend platform to correspond with GC.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.