Staffordshire County Council's Skills and Employability Service is seeking to diversify its provision and to align its offer more closely to the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership priorities and particularly the STEM priority sector.
The tender process will commence on/around 1.7.2017, preceded by a Provider Event on 28.6.2017. The event will provide more detail on the project as well as a chance to meet with the tender team. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions prior to the tender being published.
If you wish to attend the event, to be held in Stafford on Wednesday, 28.6.2017, please contact Grace Holford (firstname.lastname@example.org) and book a place. Please note that there is a limit of three places per organisation.
It is likely that this procurement will be divided into eight Lots, based on the eight Districts within Staffordshire. However, at this stage the exact distribution of the Lots has yet to be decided.
Providers with capacity and capability to deliver provision in the STEM sector will be invited to bid for funding to deliver preparatory programmes to engage adults with a particular focus on adults from disadvantaged groups and/or districts within Staffordshire. The programmes should enable the learners to progress to a trainee-ship, an apprenticeship, an accredited programme at level 1 or 2, work experience or employment in a STEM vocational area. It is envisaged that most learners will have few or no previous qualifications or alternatively hold historical skills and experience and wish to undertake a refresher programme to progress in the sector. The programme content could include the development of basic skills in a STEM vocational area, study skills, English, maths and IT, depending on assessed learner need. The suggested programme length for non-accredited programmes is between 30 and 60 guided learning hours. Providers can also bid to deliver accredited programmes which are listed on the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) learning aims database and must comply with the relevant awarding body requirements. Key performance indicators for all programmes will include the percentage of learners achieved and the percentage progressed to a successful outcome as detailed above.
Non-accredited programmes will be funded at the rate of 15 GBP per learner hour. Funding earned for the delivery of accredited programmes will be in accordance with the funding rates listed on the ESFA learning aims database. A management charge of 15 % will be deducted from the total funding earned from delivery of accredited programmes. Providers can opt to deliver accredited or non-accredited programmes only or a mix of both. In 2017-18 an allocation of 200 000 GBP is available for the non-accredited programme offer and a total allocation of 150 000 GBP is available for the accredited programme offer.
There is a requirement for all successful providers to comply with:
— ESFA funding rules 2017-2018,
— Quality standards set out in the Ofsted common inspection framework,
— Awarding body guidance and regulations (for accredited programmes),
— The Skills and Employability Service's performance and quality monitoring processes and approaches,
— The Skills and Employability Service's data collection and submission requirements,
— The Staffordshire County Council's safeguarding arrangements.
Providers are also expected to have and maintain robust processes for internal quality assurance and improvement.
The full specification, provider guidance and quality framework which will detail all compliance requirements will be available at a later date.
Successful providers will provide a comprehensive and high quality STEM vocational programme for adults with a particular focus on adults from disadvantaged groups and/or districts within Staffordshire, with the aim of increasing further learning and employment opportunities for Staffordshire residents.
Staffordshire County Council (The Council) has established a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) and appointed a range of providers who are able to provide meaningful, effective and innovative Community Based Short Break Opportunities for parents and carers of children and young people with Special Education Needs and/or disabilities (SEND) aged 0-25 years.
The Council has undertaken an initial call-off exercise under the DPS to appoint providers to deliver services for the period 1.4.2016 to 31.3.2017. The 1st ‘call off’ opportunity was published in January 2016. The next call-off is unlikely to occur until December 2016.
This notice fulfils our requirement to publish the outcome of a DPS call-off under the terms of the European Regulations and PCR 2015.
Staffordshire County Council is looking to select a suitable supplier to undertake a Framework agreement to cover the ongoing maintenance and monitoring requirements for Intruder Alarm systems within all establishments under the administration of Staffordshire County Council. These properties include Education, Social Services, Library, Police and Fire Authority properties.
The framework shall be for the provision of all labour, material, transport, etc. for the maintenance and monitoring of Intruder Alarm systems including Alarm Panels, Batteries, Detectors, Contacts, Bells, Sirens and Communicators, etc. in Staffordshire County Council establishments as detailed in the tender schedule. Alarm monitoring shall include Intruder, Fire, Police Authority and general environmental alarm monitoring.
Essentially the purpose is to ensure that all intruder alarm systems under the administration of Staffordshire County Council are maintained and monitored and operate as intended. All works to be carried out in accordance with the current British / European Standards, including BSEN 50131 and BS 8243: 2010 Codes of Practice and the requirements of Staffordshire County Councils tender specification.
The Framework Agreement is for the supply, delivery and Installation of furniture, apparatus and equipment to educational establishments which includes but is not limited to; desks, chairs, pedestals, tambour units, meeting room furniture, outdoor and first aid equipment on an ad-hoc basis as and when required by the County Council, Schools and Academies in Staffordshire.
The Framework Agreement is for the supply, delivery and Installation of furniture, apparatus and equipment to educational establishments which includes but is not limited to: desks, chairs, pedestals, tambour units, meeting room furniture, outdoor and 1
Staffordshire County Council invited tenders for the provision of Self-Advocacy.
The purpose of the Service is to enable people who reside in the county of Staffordshire and who are also aged fourteen (14) years and over with a Learning Disability and/or Autistic Spectrum Condition and/or aged fourteen (14) to twenty five (25) years with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) to speak up for themselves and on behalf of others about the things that are important to them.
The objective of the Service is to facilitate a user led service, with local groups that look at local issues, where people with disabilities are (and feel that they are) listened to. The service will facilitate opportunities to be involved and speak up about projects that the Council and NHS are working on and to be kept informed about how their input has shaped the project. There will be Focus Groups on topics of the client groups' choice and opportunities to link up with other client groups and Self-Advocacy groups. The service will use plain language with no jargon or big words and will facilitate alternative ways to express opinions for example (but not limited to) Makaton. The service will ensure timely and accessible communication between groups and the service.
The service will arrange meetings at a suitable time, day and frequency chosen by the client groups, in accessible locations and with consideration of the needs of the clients (e.g. Transport).
The service will also offer 1-to-1 support sessions so individuals who are not confident in a group session can drop in to discuss specific issues; there will be peer support groups and advocacy buddies to learn from others and offer understanding and support.