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Local organisations sought to deliver Youth Contract Extension in Greater Manchester

GMCVO would like to identify local third sector organisations that could help to deliver the Greater Manchester Youth Contract Extension. This contract is being let by Oldham MBC on behalf of the 10 Greater Manchester local authorities. It is a flagship DWP-funded pilot overseen by the Cabinet Office and therefore well placed to influence future policy at Greater Manchester and national levels. The target group are people aged 18-24 who have been claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance or Universal Credit for between three and nine months; the objective is to enable them to get into a job (before they are mandated to the Work Programme at nine months) and then to keep them in work for 26 weeks. Delivery commences in the autumn for three years. There is funding for support. There is also a small wage subsidy for employers and a personalised budget for each participant. Referrals are made through Job Centre Plus. The model is a ‘soft’ payment-by-results contract, with phased payments at a fixed price. GMCVO is interested in tendering for this contract as the lead organisation. The deadline for us to submit the pre-qualification questionnaire is 28th April. Our role is purely as lead and accountable organisation; we will not undertake delivery. We are keen that third sector and local providers should have the opportunity to deliver this contract; and as a first step we need to identify which organisations would like to do so. We are therefore inviting Expressions of Interest with a deadline of Wednesday 23rd April. Please do note the following: ● This contract is not for everyone. Delivery organisations will need to be confident that they can assist people from the target group into work within the timescale and at the price offered. Please read the contract documentation. ● GMCVO will not be the only bidder. As a delivery organisation you can sign up to more than one ‘supply chain’ if you wish.

16th April 2014