Invitation to Tender – Local Employer Support

GMCVO is seeking tenders from potential providers in relation to the Greater Manchester Talent Match programme.  We are looking for an organisation to build relationships between local employers and our ‘Employment Support Host Organisations’ including their Talent Coaches in the different localities of Greater Manchester through our local forum events with a view to providing local opportunities and jobs for Young People.

We envisage that the employers involved will mainly be SME’s which may be independent or part of a supply chain of a larger business. Local Authorities would also be included in this project in their capacity as an employer.

Outcome requirements:

The purpose will be to develop relationships between employment support agencies (Greater Manchester Talent Match Host Organisations and Talent Coaches) and local employers that will last beyond the lifetime of the programme which ends in December 2018. We anticipate that the success of the relationships will provide work related opportunities and jobs for young people in their local areas.

We require the main engagement by your organisation with Talent Coaches to be linked to their established Local Forum meetings. There are 6 forum groups which cover all the Local Authority areas of Greater Manchester and it is vital that the provider works with each group forum for the whole project. When the project ends we would like the ongoing developed relationships between the employers and local forums to be established and self-sustaining.

As this is a 12-month project, our expectation is that the preferred provider(s) will be in a position to provide immediate start in January 2018 with staff and resources already in place.

We would expect that the provider will have;

  • strong existing links and excellent working relationships with local employers
  • a solid understanding of current employment programmes

It is important that we develop links between local employers and host organisations before the end of the programme (November 2018) in order for sustainability. There is a possibility that we will obtain funding to continue the Talent Match work post 2018 and this piece of work is a vital component to help achieve this.

A total of up to £70,000 (inclusive of all incidentals and VAT) has been set aside for this work.

Briefing Event

To assist the process Greater Manchester Talent Match will be holding a briefing event on Friday 29th September 2017 (1.30pm to 3.30pm) at GMCVO to allow potential bidders to ask questions and find out more information with regards to the procurement to assist with their proposal design and final application completion. Please see link below to book a place at the event (please note there are limited places)


If you have any questions, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions pageIf your question is not answered on the above page, please email with your question and you will receive a response within 3 working days. All questions that are asked (including those following briefing event) will be added to the commissioning webpage. The final date for submitting questions is Tuesday 24th October 2017, we will not be able to answer questions submitted after this date.

Applications must be received by email or post Greater Manchester Talent Match, GMCVO, St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester M12 6FZ by 12 noon Friday 27th October 2017 marked ‘Talent Match local employer support bid – Private and Confidential’.

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