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In 2019 we will be having several changes in items and what we do and how we do it one of the changes is Sam’s Wall and on this Sam will be letting us know and keeping us updated on items in the North West business related. So look out for Sam’s Wall.


If you are London Based then the ESF GLA is out and here we go:

The Mayor’s ESF 2019-23 Programme will comprise a mixture of youth and adult skills and employment Projects with an allocation of up to £71m (including management and administration). All delivery of services must comply with the ESF requirements.

ESF Programme Lots and Sub-Lots

The Specification for the Mayor’s ESF 2019-23 Programme comprises 11 Lots. It is anticipated that two further Lots (for Ex-Offenders and Homeless Persons Provision) will be tendered in a separate procurement which it is anticipated will be published in Spring 2019. A Bidder may submit a Bid for one or more Lots. Some Lots have Sub-Lots. A Bidder may submit a maximum of one Bid for each Lot (which does not contain any Sub-Lots) and may also submit a maximum of one Bid for each of the Sub-Lots within a Lot. Bidders cannot apply for a Lot which contains Sub-Lots in its entirety; rather Bidders must apply for all of those Sub-Lots individually. Each Lot/Sub-Lot has different eligibility criteria as well as associated outputs/outcomes and results. Multiple contracts will be awarded to cover the full range of services to be procured through 11 of the 13 Lots within the Mayor’s ESF 2019-23 Programme.  Regardless of how many Lots/Sub-Lots Bidders apply for, the maximum number of Contracts a Bidder can be awarded is two.

The ESF Priority Axes are:

  • Priority Axis 1: Inclusive Labour Markets aims to increase participation in the labour market and thereby improve social inclusion, and therefore funding can be used to support unemployed and economically inactive people to gain the skills and qualifications they need to enable them to enter and sustain employment;
  • Priority Axis 2: Skills for Growth focuses on improving the skills of individuals to meet

their employment goals and the needs of the local economy as well as activities to improve the skills and education infrastructure, and therefore funding can be used to provide skills and training to those who are in work but at risk due to skills deficiencies and to deliver activities that improve the relevance of education and training to the needs of employers and businesses.

The ESF Contract Funding which is awarded as a result of this procurement exercise can only be used to support eligible participants and deliver provision as set out in this Specification and the relevant Lot and Sub-Lot Specifications.

1.1                            Lots

 The GLA will award a Contract for each of the Sub-Lots below (or the Lots below where there are no Sub-Lots):

  • Lot 1: Sector Skills: support for adults and young people to gain relevant skills and find work in the construction, health, early years, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), creative industries or other sectors (see Volume 2, Annex 1 in the Tender Documentation)
  • Sub-Lot 1a) Health and Social Care Sector
  • Sub-Lot 1b) Infrastructure and Construction Sector
  • Sub-Lot 1c) Early Years Sector
  • Sub-Lot 1d) Creative Sector
  • Sub-Lot 1e) Science, Technology, English and Maths (STEM) Sector
  • Sub-Lot 1f) ‘Other’ Sector


  • Lot 2: Parental Employment: support for parents to access childcare, find work and progress in work (see Volume 2, Annex 2 in the Tender Documentation)
  • Sub-Lot 2a) Supporting Parents into Work
  • Sub-Lot 2b) Parents in Work Progression


  • Lot 3: Higher Level Skills: support with higher level qualifications and occupations for adults in low paid work (see Volume 2, Annex 3 in the Tender Documentation)


  • Sub-Lot 3a) Local London and South London Partnership sub-regions
  • Sub-Lot 3b) Central London Forward and West London Alliance sub-regions


  • Lot 4: English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) – Practitioners: training and upskilling for ESOL practitioners in community settings (see Volume 2, Annex 4 in the Tender Documentation)
  • Lot 5: English and Maths: improving participation and achievement for adults (see

Volume 2, Annex 5 in the Tender Documentation)

  • Lot 6: English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) – Support: improving low-level literacy and digital skills (see Volume 2, Annex 6 in the Tender Documentation)
  • Lot 7: Continuing Participation: support for young people at risk of becoming NEET (see Volume 2, Annex 7 in the Tender Documentation)
  • Sub-Lot 7a) Central London Forward sub-region
  • Sub-Lot 7b) Local London sub region
  • Sub-Lot 7c) South London Partnership sub-region
  • Sub-Lot 7d) West London Alliance sub-region
  • Lot 8 Gang Prevention: support for young people vulnerable to involvement in gangs and serious youth violence (see Volume 2, Annex 8 in the Tender Documentation)


  • Lot 9: SEND NEET: support for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) (see Volume 2, Annex 9 in the Tender Documentation)
  • Sub-lot 9a) Young People with Learning Difficulties
  • Sub-lot 9b) Young People with Physical Disabilities or Long-Term Health Needs
  • Sub-lot 9c) Young People with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) Needs


  • Lot 10: Targeted NEET: support for young people who have specific complex needs or characteristics and are not in employment, education or training (see Volume 2, Annex 10 in the Tender Documentation)
  • Sub-Lot 10a) Central London Forward sub-region
  • Sub-Lot 10b) Local London sub-region
  • Sub-Lot 10c) South London Partnership sub region
  • Sub-Lot 10d) West London Alliance sub-region


  • Lot 11: Careers Clusters: improving the provision of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) (Phase 2) (see Volume 2, Annex 11 in the Tender Documentation).

Table 1: London Boroughs within each Sub-Regional Partnership area


West London Alliance

South London Partnership

Barnet Brent Ealing

Hammersmith & Fulham Harrow




Kingston upon Thames Merton

Richmond upon Thames Sutton

Central London Forward

Local London (North and East London)

Camden City Hackney Haringey Islington

Kensington & Chelsea Lambeth

Lewisham Southwark Tower Hamlets Wandsworth


Barking & Dagenham Bexley

Bromley Enfield Greenwich Havering Newham Redbridge

Waltham Forest

Central London Forward (CLF):

  • Working closely with a number of key sectors to improve skills provision, including:
    • health and social care
    • construction
    • tourism, hospitality and retail
    • creative and digital
    • financial and professional services
  • Increasing the provision of and participation in apprenticeships across Central London
  • Improving employment and qualification outcomes of BAME residents, and residents with long-term health conditions and disabilities
  • Supporting residents to gain higher level skills, move into better paid work, and working with employers and residents to improve employee

Local London:

  • Supporting in-work low-paid residents with no or low skills/qualifications to enable them to up-skill, secure new qualifications and progress into higher paid work
  • Supporting unemployed and economically inactive residents with disabilities/ long term health conditions
  • Supporting lone parents who are struggling to secure and maintain part-time and full- time work and at a reasonable level of wage
  • Supporting young people leaving school without qualifications (including those who are NEET) who struggle to find employment
  • Supporting residents whose first language is not English and for whom this is a barrier to obtaining employment and/or accessing education and learning opportunities
  • Supporting young and older residents with SEND
  • Supporting the following high priority sectors to meet their skills needs: construction, digital and technical, health and social care and cultural and creative

South London Partnership:

  • Supporting people with low or no skills (including ESOL learners)
  • Tackling in-work poverty
  • Supporting in-work progression and pathways to higher level skills
  • Delivering ‘work ready’ skills, particularly for unemployed groups
  • Promoting resilience, adaptability and lifelong learning to ensure people in roles affected by automation can adapt and access new opportunities
  • Increasing digital skills across many sectors
  • Boosting apprenticeships in key sectors including business administration and support, health and care, professional / scientific / technical
  • Delivering skills to support development in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), enterprise and entrepreneurship.

West London Alliance (WLA): 

  • Having a truly joined-up system – ensuring that all partners, including the public sector, employers, schools, colleges and universities are working together to deliver a seamless skills system that allows people from all backgrounds to succeed
  • Working with employers from all sectors to better match their training offer with their
  • business needs and those of the economy, upskilling those in low paid employment
  • Getting the basics right by supporting the entire economy developing a locally accessible offer of foundation skills covering entrepreneurialism, resilience, English, maths, digital literacy, STEM and employability skills
  • Supporting and promoting inclusion for all so that those furthest from the labour market, particularly people for whom English is not a first language, people leaving care, young offenders and people with learning disabilities or a mental ill health condition, are able to access the labour market
  • Meeting skills needs in sectors anticipated to experience high growth over the next five years in west London:
  • wholesale and retail,
  • transportation, logistics and storage,
  • administrative and support services,
  • human health and social work activities,
  • professional, scientific and technical activities, construction and engineering modern working practices and new construction techniques,
  • construction and engineering modern working practices and new construction

Volume 3 – Standard Selection Questionnaire (SSQ) is designed to establish whether Bidders are eligible to participate in this procurement process and could be awarded a Contract, and to test whether they have the necessary capability required to deliver the service requirements. The SSQ includes basic supplier information (Part 1), a set of mandatory and discretionary exclusion questions (Part 2) and some additional exclusion criteria (Part 3). All these sections must be completed for your SSQ response to be compliant.

All Bidders must complete the SSQ regardless of which Lots/Sub-Lots they are bidding to deliver. The SSQ is applicable to all Lots/Sub-Lots. Therefore, if you are bidding for multiple Lots/Sub-Lots, you only need to submit one response to the SSQ. If a Bidder does not pass the SSQ stage, their response to the ITT Questionnaire will not be evaluated and the Bidder will be excluded from further participation in this procurement process.

If you are bidding as a Sole Lead Bidder or a Consortium, all the organisations that you will work with (for example, parent companies, affiliates, associates, or essential subcontractors) in order to deliver the services as set out in the Specification for the Mayor’s ESF 2019-23 Programme are required to meet the selection criteria in Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of the SSQ. This means that where you are joining in a group of organisations, each organisation in that group must complete Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of the SSQ and a self-declaration. When providing information on subcontractors/Consortium members in response to question 1.2(b)(ii) in Part 1 the Lead Bidder must specify the Lots/Sub-Lots within which any subcontractors/Consortium members will be delivering. Any subcontractors/Consortium members completing Part 1 of the SSQ will not be required to complete 1.2(b)(ii).

If any subcontractor intending to deliver within a specific Lot or Sub-Lot fails any of the Pass/Fail questions in the SSQ, then the GLA will inform the Lead Bidder at the earliest opportunity and the Lead Bidder will be asked to propose an alternative subcontractor and resubmit the relevant parts of the SSQ by a deadline which will be set by the GLA taking into account the procurement timeline outlined in Table 4 – Indicative Procurement Timetable. Every subcontractor who replaces a previous subcontractor must complete Part 1 (except question 1.2(b) – (ii)), Part 2 and Part 3 of the SSQ and a self-declaration. The Sole Lead Bidder must submit a revised SSQ template for that subcontractor in accordance with the information provided by the replacement subcontractor.

If you are bidding as a Consortium, the Lead Consortium Member should complete Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of the SSQ online. All other Consortium Members should complete Part 1 (except question 1.2(b) – (ii)), Part 2 and Part 3 of the SSQ in MS Word and pass to the Lead Consortium Member, who will upload as part of the final tender submission.

If any Consortium Member fails any of the Pass/Fail questions in the SSQ, then the Bidder’s tender will not progress to the ITT stage.

Volume 4 – Invitation to Tender (ITT) Questionnaires and Payment Trigger Calculators (PTCs) is designed to assess the Bidder’s tender for the delivery of employment and training services as set out in the Specification for the Mayor’s ESF 2019-23 Programme. All Bidders must upload a completed Payment Trigger Calculator (PTC) for each Lot (or Lot 2 Sub-Lot if relevant) for which they are bidding

The GLA will only award Contracts to Bidders who have successfully passed the GLA’s financial due diligence process.

All Bidders must upload the required financial information documents in Part 6 of the ITT Questionnaire in order to have a compliant response. Please note that the GLA will undertake financial due diligence checks following the conclusion of the ITT evaluation process for all successfully ranked Bidders. This means that Bidders may successfully pass the SSQ and rank highly in the ITT evaluation but be denied a contract award due to failing the financial due diligence process.

Timetable it is envisaged that the procurement process will follow as closely as possible the timeline outlined below; however apart from the Deadline for Clarifications and the Tender Submission Deadline, which are fixed, these dates are provided for your guidance only, and are subject to change. In case of change, TfL or the GLA will inform all Bidders as soon as practical. All times are Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Table 4: Indicative Procurement Timetable

Procurement activity

Timeframe guide

Deadline for Clarifications

Wednesday 13 February 2019 at 17:00

Tender Submission Deadline

Friday 22 February 2019 at 12:00 Noon

Tender Evaluation Period

Friday 22 February – Monday 13 May 2019

SSQ Feedback to Bidders

Monday 15 April 2019

ITT Feedback to Bidders

Monday 3 June 2019

Standstill Period (10 calendar days)

Thursday 6 June – Monday 17 June 2019

Mobilisation / On boarding

June – July 2019

Contract Start

1 August 2019


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