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      LEARNING & SKILLS COUNCIL




              ESF 2007-2013




   Tender – Yorkshire and the Humber
Employer Responsive Project Specifications



                November 2007




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Contents


Introduction to tender.......................................................................................... 3




Specifications


IT Skills Development in the Workforce - Regional………………………………...5
Provision Capacity Building – Regional……………………………………………...7
Top Team Workshop Programme – Regional……………………………………..10
Train to Gain Enhancement – Regional…………………………………………….12




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Introduction to tender

Skills and Workforce Development
The focus of the Learning and Skills Council’s Skills activities is to address LSC
priorities and to support the implementation of activities which respond to the Leitch
Review of Skills in England.

The skills activity we want to buy through this commissioning document are those
which get more young people and adults into learning leading to the development of
economically valuable skills and the achievement of economically valuable
qualifications which improve the employability of our workforce and the productivity of
our businesses.

The Leitch Review sets ambitions for 2020 which are very stretching and which will
require a significant step change in this region if we are to get anywhere near where
we need to be.

They mean that by 2020 we would need to have:
   · 95 per cent of adults to have the basic skills of functional literacy and
      numeracy, up from 85 per cent literacy and 79 per cent numeracy in 2005;
   · More than 90 per cent of adults to have gained at least a level 2 qualification
      (equivalent to 5 GCSEs at A*-C grade), up from 69 per cent in 2005; with a
      commitment to achieve 95 per cent as soon as possible;
   · To shift the balance of intermediate skills from level 2 to level 3 (equivalent to
      2 A levels), with 1.9 million more people achieving level 3 by 2020;
   · to deliver England’s share of the UK ambition to have 500,000 people a year
      in Apprenticeships; and,
   · More than 40 per cent of all adults to have a higher education qualification (at
      level 44 and above) up from 29 per cent in 2005

The LSC’s current thinking is that by 2011 we should be aiming for:

   ·   89 per cent of adults to be qualified to at least level 1 literacy
   ·   81 per cent to be qualified to at least entry level 3 numeracy;
   ·   79 per cent of adults to be qualified to at least full level 2; and
   ·   56 per cent of adults to be qualified to at least full level 3.

By 2014, we will also aim for 36 per cent of adults to be qualified to level 4 and
above.

In order to deliver these difficult targets increasing levels of LSC funding will be
delivered through Train to Gain which offers a skills brokerage service for employers,
with full public funding for literacy and numeracy programmes and first full level 2
qualifications. From November 2007 this will be broadened to include full Level 3
qualifications and the Government’s plans for Train to Gain as the service is
broadened include positioning it as the single brand for all public funded skills
support for businesses; not just those delivered by the LSC.


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In Y&H Train to Gain has already operated as a broad service that helps employers
of all sizes and in all sectors to improve the skills of all their employees, as a route to
raising the performance of their organisation and successful bidders for ESF funding
will need to work with Train to Gain Brokers to ensure a seamless service is provided
to employers.

We also realise that we will need to increase the capacity and capability of providers
to deliver significantly increased levels of employer focused provision and to enable
more providers to deliver the skills and qualifications that we need in the way that
employers want; flexible, responsive, high quality and delivered in the workplace.

Given the enormous potential benefits that investing in the right skills and
qualifications has for employers, they will be expected to pay and in some cases pay
more towards the costs of this wider training support when many have been used to
getting support for free or at very low cost. Bidders will need to be able to engage
employers and secure cash contributions towards the costs of training if the activities
outlined in this prospectus are to be delivered.

The LSC and Yorkshire Forward expect business and skills support to be offered with
the principles of ‘A Better Deal for Business’ in mind. These are aimed at ensuring
that public-sector funded business support is coherent and that all Businesses
supported:

   ·   understand the benefits of using external business advice and skills support
       and have confidence in the support provided
   ·   know where to go for business and skills support
   ·   can access services to meet their needs easily and impartially
   ·   get the most appropriate advice and support to meet their needs –from the
       organisation best placed to provide it
   ·   receive consistently high quality service from all providers

This means that providers work in the best interests of the employer and enable them
to access the most appropriate support, even if that means that the employer is
‘handed-over’ to another provider more able to deliver support or to where funding
has already been allocated which reduces the costs to the employer.

The targets outlined above will need a significant investment from the LSC and we
propose to utilise ESF and/or LSC core skills budgets to support the activities
outlines in this section. This will not affect the selection process but will clearly have
impact on contracting and payment processes. We will discuss this with successful
organisations as part of pre-contract discussions.




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       IT Skills Development in the
                                                            Reference:YH/E/SO1
                 Workforce

Aim
As a key partner in the regional Digital 2010 action plan (which addresses the IT and
digital skills needs within the region), the Learning and Skills Council Yorkshire and
Humber have identified Information Technology (IT) as a key skills need for
employees.

As a consequence the LSC fund ITQ level 2 and 3 as part of the Train to Gain
service. However, we have identified that many employers who are not in the IT
sector, or use IT as a major part of their key job, still require a level of IT skills in
order to improve their productivity in the workplace.


Service requirement
In response to this the LSC are seeking to fund activity which will support employees
over the age of 25 who do not work within an IT environment but use IT within their
daily working life and need to develop their IT skills at level 1.

Delivery should focus on the following key sectors:

   ·   Agriculture, Horticulture and Land Based Industries;
   ·   Childcare and Early Years;
   ·   Engineering, Manufacturing and Print;
   ·   Construction and the Built Environment;
   ·   Retail Services;
   ·   Digital, ICT, Creative and Media;
   ·   Health and Social Care;
   ·   Hospitality, Tourism, Sport and Leisure;
   ·   Ports, Logistics and Distribution;
   ·   Voluntary, Community and Faith;

Support will be towards the achievement of full ITQ level 1. Short vocationally related
qualifications (SVRQs) will not be supported; however the conversion of ECDL and
Clait level 1 as a contributing qualification to a full ITQ level 1 will be supported.

Employers will be expected to make a cash contribution of at least 37.5% towards
the cost of the learning and accreditation in accordance with ESF requirements.


Target groups & priority
Employees of SMEs from the priority sectors stated above who do not work in an IT
related position but need to improve their IT skills within the workforce.


Geography / area of delivery
Yorkshire and Humber region.


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Outputs
Number of participating SMEs: a minimum of 400 of which 200 must be in South
Yorkshire.

Minimum number of participants:
2000 engaged in learning, of which 1000 must be in South Yorkshire
2000 ITQ level 1 to be achieved including 500 conversions from ECDL and Clait
level 1
Results
More employees with a recognised level of IT capability and increased confidence in
the use of IT within their work.


Other outcomes
Individuals progressing to further IT and other qualifications.


Funding available
£2,000,000 of which £1,000,000 must spent in the South Yorkshire region.


Start and end dates
The funding period will run from April 2008 up to March 2010.


Contracting details
Not Applicable




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       Provision Capacity Building                      Reference: YH/E/SO2

Aim
The Learning and Skills Council are seeking to increase the scope, capacity and
capability of small providers (those with less than 50 employees) to deliver skills
development at levels 2 and 3 to support Public Sector Agreement Targets and the
Train to Gain service.

The aim of this project is to develop additional resources that Train to Gain providers
can access to support the delivery of increasing volumes, particularly of Level 2 and
Level 3 qualifications required under the Train to Gain service.


Service requirement
Activities should include:
Increasing the number of assessors and tutors able to deliver NVQs at Levels 2- 4
where there is a demonstrable shortfall. There should be a focus on the following
LSC priority sectors:

   ·   Agriculture, Horticulture and Land Based Industries;
   ·   Childcare and Early Years;
   ·   Engineering, Manufacturing and Print;
   ·   Construction and the Built Environment;
   ·   Retail Services;
   ·   Digital, ICT, Creative and Media;
   ·   Health and Social Care;
   ·   Hospitality, Tourism, Sport and Leisure (particularly sports coaching);
   ·   Ports, Logistics and Distribution;
   ·   Voluntary, Community and Faith;


       ·   Enabling small providers that do not currently deliver NVQs to be able to
           do so.
       ·   Enabling small providers to provide flexible and responsive learning for
           employees in the workplace.
       ·   The development and testing of innovative assessment and delivery
           processes for NVQs. This could include the development and use of
           innovative technology to deliver e-assessments.

The successful organisation must be able to demonstrate recent experience of
working in partnership with FE and Work-based Learning Providers, Business Link,
LSC Skills Brokers and IAG partnerships and in managing sub contractors.

A number of sub-contractors may need to be engaged to satisfy provider needs and
this must be done through an open and competitive tendering process. All sub-
contractors must have achieved an ALI level 3 or higher in the vocational area for
which Assessor and Verifier training is offered and in Leadership & Management.

Providers will not be able to access support to train their own staff and Train to Gain


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provider consortia members will not be able to deliver to other members of their own
consortia.

The successful organisation will be expected to work with Train to Gain Providers to
ensure that this project enhances the delivery of NVQs within the Train to Gain
service.

Support will be towards the achievement of full Assessor and Verifier awards. Other
learning and development awards provided as ‘underpinning knowledge’ will be
supported but only where they are provided alongside Assessor and Verifier
development and accreditation.

Participation in this project will be no guarantee of securing either a direct or sub-
contracted contract for the delivery of NVQs under Train to Gain from the LSC. The
use of this additional capacity is at the discretion of Train to Gain providers and no
guarantee of work can be made or should be inferred.


Target groups & priority
Training providers with less than 50 employees.


Geography / area of delivery
Yorkshire and Humber region.


Outputs
Minimum number of participants: 200 learners of which 100 must be from South
Yorkshire
Minimum of 160 participants to achieve assessor and verifier awards, of which 80
must be from the Yorkshire and Humber region (excluding South Yorkshire) and 80
in South Yorkshire.

Applicants will need to provide indicative volumes of assessors and verifiers to be
trained to offer NVQs in each of the priority sectors indicated above.


Results
Increased capacity amongst learning providers to be able to deliver NVQs and
support the delivery of Government priorities.


Other outcomes
Increased employer take-up of NVQs.


Funding available
Up to £1,500,000, with an initial contract value of £1,000,000 of which:



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£500,000, must be spent in the Yorkshire and Humber region (excluding South
Yorkshire) and £500,000 in South Yorkshire.

Funding will operate on a ‘starts and outcomes’ basis with 50% of the unit price
payable on recruitment and 50% payable on achievement of awards.


Start and end dates
The funding period will run from April 2008 up to March 2010.


Contracting details
Contracts will be for 2 years with the potential to increase this to 3 years. Proposals
should outline delivery for the first 2 years only.




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  Top Team Workshops Programme                          Reference: YH/E/SO3

Aim
The work of the Learning and Skills Council’s Leadership & Management Brokerage
has identified the benefits of developing middle and senior management on a team
basis in order to support the aims and objectives of the business and to develop clear
‘ways of working’ across the senior team.

We are seeking to fund ‘Top Team’ workshops for middle and senior management
teams from SMEs, most particularly in specific LSC priority sectors in the Yorkshire
and Humber region.

We are also seeking a comparable programme for micro businesses to be designed
and piloted in the region.


Service requirement
The activity secured through this tender must complement the Train to Gain
brokerage in the region and be individually designed to meet the needs of each
company and deliver business benefit.

The programme will focus on the LSC priority sectors for the region :
   · Agriculture, Horticulture and Land Based Industries;
   · Childcare and Early Years;
   · Engineering, Manufacturing and Print;
   · Construction and the Built Environment;
   · Retail Services;
   · Digital, ICT, Creative and Media;
   · Health and Social Care;
   · Hospitality, Tourism, Sport and Leisure;
   · Ports, Logistics and Distribution;
   · Voluntary, Community and Faith;

Employers will be expected to make a cash contribution of at least 37.5% towards
the cost of the “Top Team Workshops Programme”.

This project will not offer any compensation element.

The successful organisation will be expected to work with Train to Gain Brokers to
ensure that this project enhances the support available through the Train to Gain
service and that employers receive a ‘seamless service’ in having their needs met.

The LSC is committed to supporting the Regional ‘Better Deal For Business’
approach to business support. The successful organisation and any subcontractors
will be expected to follow these principles.

The contract holder will be responsible for demonstrating the business benefits of the
programme and the impact on the culture of learning within the organisation.



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Target groups & priority
SMEs and Micro businesses in the Yorkshire and Humber region with specific
reference to the priority sectors of the LSC as listed above.


Geography / area of delivery
Yorkshire and Humber Region.


Outputs
Minimum number of SMEs participating in ‘top teams’:

Yorkshire and Humber region (excluding South Yorkshire) 570
South Yorkshire 330

Minimum number of micro-businesses participating in ‘top teams’:
Yorkshire and Humber region (excluding South Yorkshire) 342
South Yorkshire 198

Approximate number of participants 2500 of which:
Yorkshire and Humber region (excluding South Yorkshire) 1425
South Yorkshire 1075


Results
Management Development which is more clearly focused on the needs of the
business.


Other outcomes
Greater cohesion and level of team-working amongst senior managers in small
businesses.
Improvements in levels of team-based management of small businesses.


Funding available
Up to £800,000 for the 3 sub-regions with an initial contract value of £600,000
South Yorkshire up to £600,000 with an initial contract value of £450,000


Start and end dates
The funding period will run from April 2008 up to March 2010.


Contracting details
Contracts will be for 2 years with the potential to increase this to 3 years. Proposals
should outline delivery for the first 2 years only.


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   Train to Gain Enhancement Fund                       Reference: YH/E/SO5

Aim
The Learning and Skills Council are seeking to appoint a Fund Manager to enhance
the Train to Gain Service. The Train to Gain service is the primary conduit for
promoting and supporting skills and workforce development opportunities, and is
supported through LSC mainstream funding. There are a number of employer
interventions, which we seek to drive and support through this programme.

In addition there are a number of other interventions, which could benefit both
employers and employees that need to operate in conjunction with the Train to Gain
service but can’t be funded through the service. Delivery should focus on the
following key sectors:

   ·   Agriculture, Horticulture and Land Based Industries;
   ·   Childcare and Early Years;
   ·   Engineering, Manufacturing and Print;
   ·   Construction and the Built Environment;
   ·   Retail Services;
   ·   Digital, ICT, Creative and Media;
   ·   Health and Social Care;
   ·   Hospitality, Tourism, Sport and Leisure;
   ·   Ports, Logistics and Distribution;
   ·   Voluntary, Community and Faith;

The LSC is seeking to secure the mechanism to both drive and support a broader
range of skills and workforce development opportunities building on the demand led
approach.

This provision will enable the employer/employee to access a broad range of
development opportunities at the appropriate intervention rate, as part of their skills
and workforce development strategy. It will support a culture of learning and
investment within the workplace and assist the development of the region’s economy,
prosperity and well being.

Some interventions that could be supported through this tender will be determined by
the Organisational Needs Analysis conducted by the Train to Gain Brokers; others
will be identified through business conduits such as the Sector Skills Councils.

Examples of the types of activities this funding would be able to support are:
   · 2nd NVQ level 2s,
   · Level 4s for those who already have a level 3, in specific sectors and specific
     client groups to meet LSC priorities
   · Bespoke learning to meet the needs of the employer and employee
   · Commissioning specific interventions as identified by the LSC
   · Support specific initiatives and activities as required by the LSC




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Service requirement
We are seeking to appoint a fund manager to work closely with the Train to Gain
service and elevate this project through the delivery of a professional service to both
the employer and the provider network.

The successful fund holder will need to outline how they will:

·   Increase the skills base in the region by supporting the Train to Gain principles of
    independence and impartiality and providing complementary mechanisms to
    address shortfalls and market failures.
·   Have a good understanding of the skills and workforce development issues within
    Yorkshire and Humber Region and an understanding of the impact of changes
    within the economy
·   Have effective networking links with a range of partners and training organisations
·   Engage new providers in the delivery of LSC funded skills & workforce
    development activities
·   Have a clear understanding of how activity will compliment the Train to Gain
    service, other programmes and funding streams

A successful fund manager will have responsibility for:

    ·   Reimbursing the provider for eligible skills and workforce development at the
        agreed intervention rate in line with Train to Gain and FE funding i.e. that
        employers contribute 37.5% of the costs in the form of cash contributions
    ·   Identifying and securing eligible provision that is in keeping with the purpose of
        the Train to Gain service and represents value for money
    ·   Monitoring the delivery and quality of the interventions
    ·   Ensuring that activity is not fundable from another source
    ·   Completing management information and financial records in line with LSC
        requirements
    ·   Evaluating delivery, progress and achievements during and at the end of the
        project

Training that is required in order to satisfy current statutory regulation will not be
eligible for support.


Target groups & priority
Individuals working in SME’s who can not be supported through core funds.


Geography / area of delivery
Yorkshire and the Humber.


Outputs
Successful applicants should specify the outcomes, outputs and milestones that will
be delivered by the programme, including volumes, in the Yorkshire and Humber


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Region (excluding South Yorkshire) and in South Yorkshire:

The following is an indicative but not exhaustive list of the types of activity to be
supported:

Number of Employers supported
Number of participants working achieving a 2nd NVQ level 2
Number of participants achieving a Level 4 qualification
Number of participants achieving bespoke qualifications


Results
Increase in the number of employers undertaking structured learning and
development leading to the achievement of qualifications.
Increased employer financial investment in learning leading to qualifications.


Other outcomes
Increase the number of small businesses supporting the development of their
workforce.


Funding available
Yorkshire and Humber region (excluding South Yorkshire) up to £20,000,000 with an
initial contract value of £10,000,000

South Yorkshire up to £20,000,000 with an initial contract value of £10,000,000


Start and end dates
The funding period will run from April 2008 up to March 2010.


Contracting details
Contracts will be for 2 years with the potential to increase this to 3 years. Proposals
should outline delivery for the first 2 years only.




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