Skills Support Contracts

We manage and deliver a broad range of programmes in partnership with commissioners and multi-tiered supply chains. We build, develop and refine partnerships to enable more effective achievement of outcomes and to share learning to improve services. We believe that partnership work is essential to achieving positive outcomes and fully meeting the needs of those our programmes support, as well as providing essential evidence to commissioners on what works to inform future commissioning.

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The SMART SKILLS ESF project will help businesses in the county of Devon up skill their staff and help the unemployed gain new skills.

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Health Works Cornwall

CSW group can provide support to residents living in the Atlantic and Moor area who are 16+ and unemployed or inactive with a health-related barrier to employment.

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Solent Skills Support for the Workforce

Bespoke training for individuals over the age of 16 who are employed, at risk of redundancy or have recently been made redundant.

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Devon & Somerset Skills for Young People

15 – 24 year olds who are not in education, training or employment or are at risk of falling out of education, training or employment within Devon and Somerset.

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Dorset Skills for Young People

15- 24 year olds who are not in education, training or employment or are at risk of falling out of education, training or employment within Dorset.

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Previous Skills Support Contracts

CSW successfully delivered a number of ESF funded contracts between 2016 and 2019, across the wider South West and Solent. These contracts included Family and Community Essential Skills, NEET Support, CEIAG for Adults and Employment Skills Support. Click here to view the previous contracts.

Working in partnership and opportunities

CSW, is a not-for-profit social enterprise. We deliver a range of services nationally, with a specific focus on the South and West. We provide contracts that support businesses, young people and adults through key transition points. We deliver services that build aspiration and turn it into achievement, unlocking potential and developing individuals and organisations.

CSW Group currently delivers a number of ESFA/ESF and Careers & Enterprise Company funded projects throughout southern England as well as direct delivery into schools. The group is proud of its twenty year history of delivering high quality advice and guidance, improving outcomes for thousands of individuals.

For more information on CSW Group please visit our about us section

We are pleased to offer specialist services to support economically inactive and unemployed adults from the Atlantic and Moor area of Cornwall through our The Building Better Opportunities Working Together project which funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund, read more here.

We currently work with a wide variety of subcontractors and providers across the whole business and base our practices on Merlin principles. Working with a range of partners enables us to enhance our offering to customers and commissioners alike and these partners are a mix of SME’s, social enterprises, larger corporate organisations and local authorities. Within our supply chain we champion the sharing of best practice and knowledge with open lines of communication to maximise funding streams and opportunities.

A not-for-profit, CSW is driven by impact and success, not shareholders, so are able to reinvest in products and services to further improve that impact. We offer our supply chain partners a transparent and open way of working, allowing for developing best practice and a team approach to delivery. The breadth of our working makes us an attractive partner for smaller or voluntary organisations who may lack the resources or scope to bid in to larger contracts. Equally we make a good partner for larger organisations looking to broaden their scope and access new areas with our broad variety of work, specialised knowledge and strong relationships with commissioners.

CSW Group regularly looks to the market for new partners, both on existing contracts and future bidding opportunities. We welcome interest from business of all size and sector to build on our dynamic, enthusiastic network and further enhance our offering.

CSW Group: Expression of Interest for ESFA Skills Support for the Workplace - Solent

CSW is looking for additional training providers to deliver higher level technical skills (L3 and L4) in the area covered by the Solent LEP (Southampton, Portsmouth, IoW, Fareham, Eastleigh, Havant, Gosport, New Forest)

Providers should note that at L3 and L4, only a maximum of 14 credits of a qualification can be delivered using ESF funding, however, this does provide an opportunity to offer ESF-funded training with the participant progressing to the full qualification or an apprenticeship

At this time, we are only looking for a small number of providers for specific sectors and skills where we have gaps (see questions 12 and 13 of the EOI).

If you are interested in partnering with us on the above requirement only, please complete this short Expression of Interest by 17:00 on Wednesday 7th October 2020.

Procurement of SMART Skills MI System

CSW require quotations for the procurement of a supplier to provide the developmental aspects of a specialist Management Information System for a project aimed at supporting participants (primarily employees of SME’s) to develop their skills.

The SMART Skills project is a delivery partnership project funded by the European Social Fund. It is demand led and the primary focus is to support employees of SME’s to develop their skills. The project will be three years in duration and aims to support circa 3,000 participants through the life of the project.

Please click here to see the attached specification. Submissions are required by the 9 October 2020.