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Tender opportunity: BAME support

The Northern Inclusion Consortium (NIC) (an established partnership of four of the North East’s largest charities – Humankind, Groundwork, Changing Lives and Mental Health Concern) delivers the Step Forward Tees Valley programme across the Tees Valley Area.

As part of their Building Better Opportunities (BBO) Programme in Tees Valley, NIC are looking to appoint a service provider to deliver a BAME female specific support service in the Tees Valley, with the main delivery being in the Stockton and Middlesbrough areas. Further information on the BBO programme is provided on the NIC website www.niconsortium.org and the Step Forward Tees Valley website www.sfteesvalley.co.uk

The SFTV programme has defined objectives to:

  • Increase the access and engagement of female BAME participants onto the programme
  • Improve the confidence, employability and job specific skills of female BAME participants on the Step Forward Tees Valley programme by co-ordinating an offer of education and skills learning

In seeking to meet these objectives NIC has recently engaged a third party provider to pilot a programme to identify and successfully enrol new BAME participants onto the wider BBO programme and then deliver a range of personal training and development courses. The modular training and development programme has included Mental Health, Introduction to Social Media, Basic IT Training and Personal Development.

Following successful completion of the pilot programme NIC have determined a need to deliver the identification, enrolment and training and development service over the remaining life of the programme – to be completed by the end of August 2019.

NIC are now looking to appoint a suitable provider to deliver the service for 6 months from March 2019 through to end of August 2019.

The successful provider will be expected to have experience and knowledge of working with the BAME community, experience in engaging participants and successfully delivering similar courses in the Tees Valley area.

Interested parties who believe they have the right skills and experience to deliver such a service and would like to receive a copy of the tender documents should register their interest as follows:

By email

to Paul.Dixon@changing-lives.org.uk  (on behalf of Northern Inclusion Consortium) and Kevin.Seed@niconsortium.org, SFTV Programme.

You should quote your contact name, telephone number and email address.

It is anticipated that the invitation to tender will be issued electronically to interested parties on 11 January 2019.  Any change to the proposed date will be notified accordingly.

Funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund

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