Employability newsletter: 16

Employability Newsletter

for social firms/enterprises delivering employability outcomes
Fair Start Scotland
Just some notes on the employment support services contract notice issued by Scottish Government last week
  • We would encourage you to attend the Supplier event in Perth on March 29th if you are interested in being part of a bid.  Book your place
  • Scottish Government will undertake a separate procurement exercise for the Reserved contract Lot: ‘West’ (covering the East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire Local Authority areas).  The Contract Notice will also be issued via PCS.
  • For organisations not familiar with the ESPD form, this is available to download – ensure all documentation is in place well in advance (even if you are not the lead contractor).
  • The detail of the evaluation/scoring mechanism for the tender is shown on page 15 of the ITT and can be viewed/printed via PCS-T.  The technical/quality aspect carries a weighting of 70%, split into a further seven areas with individual weightings and sub-weightings. Price (commercial) evaluation carries a weighting of 30%.
  • The tender process is ‘Lot Limited’ so tenderers can only be awarded a maximum of 3 Lots. Lots are also split into Pots (by share of potential customers) and tenderers can only be awarded one lot from each pot. Details are on page 12 & 13 of the ITT.
  • Note that the final date for clarification questions is noon on 5th May.
Bid deadline is noon, 24th May
The Wise Group looking for Fair Start Scotland partners
The Wise Group is currently developing bids for the Fair Start Scotland contract and is looking for partners in the following Contract Package Areas (CPAs): Glasgow, Tayside (Angus, Dundee and Perth and Kinross), and Forth Valley (Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire).
Last year The Wise Group were successful in bids to deliver two out of four of the Work Able Scotland Contract Package Areas (CPAs) – in Glasgow, Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire and Forth Valley, Fife and Tayside.
Please complete the expression of interest available for download at and submit electronically by 12pm on Monday 27th March to alongside documentation confirming your insurance levels (Employer’s Liability, Public Liability and Professional Indemnity) and your last three years’ audited annual accounts.
Any queries can be submitted to with the words “Fair Start Scotland” in the subject line.
Aspiring Communities Fund
A reminder that the deadline for this fund is 5pm on Friday 7 April

The fund aims to strengthen and empower communities, increase levels of economic activity, stimulate inclusive growth, local service provision and inclusion by:

1.  Enabling communities to design and establish new or enhanced services addressing poverty and inequalities;

2.  Supporting staff posts within community organisations to increase levels of economic activity, local service provision and inclusion, and enhance community resilience.

3.  Accelerating the implementation of projects and services delivering longer lastingsolutions that empower individuals and communities to shape their futures by involving local people in the process.

More support for rural Modern Apprentices
Companies in eleven rural areas are to receive more support to help them take on Modern Apprentices

The local authority areas where training providers can access the supplement are: Argyll and Bute;  Highland;  Moray;  Orkney;  Shetland;  Western Isles;  Isle of Arran (North Ayrshire);  Dumfries and Galloway;  Scottish Borders;  Aberdeenshire;  Perth and Kinross.
Do you work with people with learning disabilities?
Social Firms Scotland is sitting on the Learning Disability Employment Task Group established by the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability with a range of stakeholders including Scottish Govt officials.

We are keen to feed in the experiences and views of SFS/SEN members to influence national policy and practice in terms of employability, education, and training to increase the numbers of people with a learning disability in Scotland in employment. 

Please contact Pauline if you would like to feed into this.
School for Social Entrepreneurs
Are you planning to grow an organisation that helps people in need? Are you running or starting up a project to create social or environmental impact?

You can access support through the Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme, run in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs, with the support of Big Lottery Fund.  To help grow your organisation for year they provide:
  • A learning programme
  • A grant of up to £10,000
  • Mentoring
  • A community of people who run social and environmental projects

They run Startup, Trade Up and Scale up Programmes.  More information here.  Deadline to apply for all progammes is 1pm, 26 April
The Reuse Consortium & Fife Council
Fife Council has become the first local authority to trial a change in the way it provides furniture and other household items to Scottish Welfare Fund customers.  

Scottish Welfare Fund customers can be provided with the main household essentials such as white goods, a bed, sofa and table and chairs.  Traditionally these items have been supplied new, however with the introduction of an alternative option via the newly established Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS) Reuse Consortium, Fife Council has become the first local authority to change the way it provides goods to customers.

Find out more here
Employability Tender Opportunities

Dumfries & Galloway European Social Fund Stage 1&2 Provision - this intervention will support unemployed and inactive participants with multiple barriers to employment living in the Dumfries and Galloway Local Authority Area, to gain qualifications and skills in order to progress to sustainable employment or self-employment. ESF will fund 40% of the total costs (totalling £157,000) and Service Providers will be required to identify eligible match (totalling £236,500) to fund the gap of 60% of the total project costs.  Deadline 2pm, 28th March
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