Funding News – October 2020
Not only is it a busy time for everyone delivering front line services, there are also lots of new services being commissioned particularly by the DWP and through the MOJ Dynamic Framework. Read how 3SC are engaging with these opportunities below.
DWP Kick Start – this is a new £2 billion government fund that will pay any employer of any size across the private, public and third sector to create quality 6-month work placements for young people aged 16 to 24, claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The Government will fully fund each Kickstart job paying 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions. A £1500 grant per placement is also available to help with set up costs and to enable young people to develop new skills to help them move into sustained employment once their Kickstart funded job ends. The idea is that many of the young people will be kept on after the 6 months and even those that are not will have valuable work experience to add to their CVs. Large employers can bid to DWP direct if they can offer at least 30 jobs and smaller employers can group together if between them they can offer at least 30 jobs. 3SC is building a partnership of small and medium sized employers so they can access the scheme. To join 3SC’s Kickstart partnership or to find out more please contact Gareth Snaith on 07436 530042 or contact us at Kickstart@3sc.org
DWP CAEHRS – the DWP has now awarded providers places on Tier 1 and Tier 2 of their Commercial Agreement for the Provision of Employment and Health Related Services (CAEHRS). The successful providers and their lots can be found here. The DWP will, in the coming months, commission large contracts for services that will be let on a regional and national basis. 3SC is in talks with a number of qualified providers about how we can help them access and contract manage supply chains of third sector providers and once the call off opportunities start, we will be seeking partners. It is believed that smaller call offs in a third tier of CAEHRS (up to £2m pa) will be forthcoming at some point this year and 3SC will seek to lead our own bid for these services with our delivery partners.
DWP Job Finding Support – this is a short term (12 month) piece of provision which offers short interventions delivered virtually to support the newly unemployed back into work. The scheme has a value of £40m and is being let as a single lot. This opportunity is far too big for a provider like 3SC and it appears to be large commercial providers that have been bidding. Whilst some have sought supply chain partners it is the type of service that will mostly be delivered via large call centres.
The MoJ is currently commissioning resettlement and rehabilitative services for the National Probation Service through the MOJ Dynamic Framework (DF). The services have been split into categories and the MOJ are releasing the information of which providers have qualified for which category and releasing the competition call offs on a monthly basis. Day 1 services for ETE, Accommodation and Personal Wellbeing have already been released and there will be further rounds of call offs in the coming months for Women’s Services. 3SC qualified onto the DF for ETE, some of the Personal Wellbeing services and also hopes to also qualify for Women’s Services. If you provide a wellbeing service or provision for women and are interested in joining our delivery partnership then please complete our EOI which can be found at:
Joanne Cholerton, CEO, 3SC