East Coast College - SpecialistĀ Support Procurement

East Coast College is aiming to engage a range of providers in their Norfolk Community College project, including micro groups from the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector, in recognition of their skills in reaching out to people who are often below the radar of mainstream services. This specialist support will form part of the Norfolk Community College and will be procured by way of a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS). 
Publication Date: 07.08.2017

Please find below information on how to apply to be become a community-led specialist provider as part of the Norfolk Community College Project, led by East Coast College and co-financed by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. 

Background 

East Coast College has been successful in securing funding through the Big Lottery Fund’s Building Better Opportunities Programme, which is 50% financed by the European Social Fund, forming part of New Anglia LEP’s European Structural and Investment Fund Programme. 

The project has already identified a range of main delivery partners, who will provide employability and advice services from hubs across Norfolk. The project now aims to engage a range of providers, including micro groups from the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector, in recognition of their skills in reaching out to people who are often below the radar of mainstream services. This specialist support will form part of the Norfolk Community College and will be procured by way of a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS). 

Please find below more information including details on how you or your organisation can apply to the selection stage.

What is the Norfolk Community College? 

Norfolk Community College is initially funded until December 2019 to enable longer term and economically inactive residents across Norfolk to improve their confidence, develop their skills and to access sustainable employment. The project is led by East Coast College in partnership with a range of voluntary sector partners.

How does the DPS work? 

Round 2 (the selection stage) of the DPS is now open and you can submit an application at any time until noon on 28 July 2017. At that point we will close Round 2 and evaluate all the applications received and those qualifying will be placed on the DPS. At this point Round 3 will open and if you have been unsuccessful or if you didn’t complete your application on time you have another opportunity to apply. 

Once you have been successfully admitted to the DPS, quotations for specific contracts can then be invited exclusively from all the providers admitted to the Lot for which the services are required and providers may choose whether to compete for these further competitions advertised through the DPS.

Why have we chosen a DPS? 

A Dynamic Purchasing System allows us to not only define our requirements at the outset, but when new requirements arise we have the flexibility to expand the system to include new services over the life of the project.

How much is available to the DPS? 

Between now and December 2019 up to £225,000 will be invested in community-led specialist provision, to support projects that improve confidence, develop skills and create jobs for people who are long term unemployed or economically inactive through the DPS.

Is the DPS aimed at small or larger providers? 

The DPS is aimed at both small and large providers.  Some requirements will be focussed at a neighbourhood or district level; other requirements will be county-wide. The selection process will prompt you to choose a delivery focus, either neighbourhood and district (most likely aimed at smaller providers) or multiple district and county-wide (most likely aimed at larger providers).

Where do I / we apply? 

Please use the following link to take you directly to the opportunity: https://procontract.due-north.com/Advert?advertId=4bb48b24-041e-e711-80dd-005056b64545&p=7a6b6917-1369-e511-80f3-000c29c9ba21

Once you have registered and expressed an interest you will then need to go to ‘My Activities’ and find the ‘Information to Bidders’ document for all the details and complete the application questions for the Lots you are interested in.

If you experience any difficulties with the registration process or have any other questions, please contact Simon O’Leary by emailing: simon@firstlocal.org.uk