Business Development Update

This month, 3SC’s Business Development Team has continued to pursue new opportunities for our members in the criminal justice, employability and NEET markets.

Criminal Justice (Transforming Rehabilitation, NOMS Round 3, and the Secure Training Centres re-tender)

Transforming Rehabilitation (TR)

3SC has supported Tier 1 bidder Interserve to build comprehensive VCSE supply chains for the Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) competitions.  The Interserve bids, covering 9 CPAs, were submitted in late June/early July.  The Interserve/3SC supply chains cover the breadth of offender needs across the full geography of each CPA, including excellent through-the-gates support, and for offer great value for money to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). 3SC’s Lee Whitehead will be discussing the principles behind our consortia-based ‘integrated services’ solutions at the NCVO breakfast learning session in London on 10th September. For more information on the session, and to book a place, go to the NCVO website using this link.

The MoJ will issue clarification questions to bidders over the coming weeks, with an aim to announce preferred bidders in September. Between now and then we are developing detailed supply chain mobilisation plans, staffing structures, performance reporting regimes, and preparing ISPA contracts to issue to our supply chain once the results are in. We are also exploring social investment options to support small-scale VCSE providers to take part, and to stimulate innovative responses to the needs of particular offender groups and geographies.

If you have any queries relating to our TR supply chains, please contact Lee Whitehead at Lee.Whitehead@3SC.org or Nicky Robertson-Peek at Nicky.RobertsonPeek@3SC.org .

NOMS Round 3

NOMS CFO has announced the next round of their main programme, NOMS Round 3.   The programme will be all about working with offenders with the most complex needs, and helping them to become employment-ready and get into work. Support will start in custody, and move through the gate into the community. All the evidence suggests that getting a job is a major contributor to reducing reoffending; it provides ex-offenders with an income, a sense of responsibility and a better social network.  However, it is well known that offenders face barriers to employment, some of which they have created themselves, and others which relate to the way employers see offenders.  The right jobs are hard to find, and for offenders who are far away from being work-ready, to be successful we need to be very innovative. We will need to connect up some dots, bringing together resettlement support, employability training, SMEs and large employers, and self-employment options. 

NOMS have emphasised their intention to secure a high level of VCSE sector involvement in the delivery of services under this agenda, and we at 3SC also believe the VCSE have a key role in developing the necessary service solutions.  To this end, 3SC (together with Social Enterprise UK and Social Firms UK) have been funded by the MoJ/NOMS to bring together 1000 social enterprises for potential participation in the competition, through the National Consortium for Social Enterprise (NCSE). 3SC, with our NCSE partners and members, will be building comprehensive VCSE supply chains for each of the 9 regional areas that will be competed.  Many of the providers we will work with will have already have been included in our Transforming Rehabilitation supply chains. This will make the information gathering and due diligence processes smoother and more efficient. We are also currently engaging commercial partners who we may work alongside to deliver a complete solution.

We will be issuing Expressions of Interest for this competition to 3SC members over the coming weeks. However, if you are a social enterprise interested in delivering services for NOMS Round 3, please register immediately with the NCSE at http://3sc.org/ncse-sign-up,or for more information get in touch with Philippa Harris, Projects Officer for the NCSE at NCSE@3SC.org.

Employability

New Enterprise Allowance Mentoring

The deadline for submission of bids for DWP’s New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) Mentoring programme passed on the 21st July. The programme will provide business start-up support for eligible benefits claimants. 3SC submitted bids for CPA 6 (North and West London) and CPA 15 (Wales). We have partnered with Twin Training to deliver in CPA 5 (South and East London). Providers that submitted an Expression of Interest to us will be hearing from us with feedback over the next few days, if they have not already.

The NEA Mentoring programme aims to deliver at least 50% of its mentoring support through volunteer mentors. We want to open up this volunteering opportunity to you and your network. If you or someone you know, in London or Wales, is interested in being a volunteer mentor to help others achieve their business potential, then please let us know by sending an email entitled ‘NEA Volunteer Mentoring’ to eoi@3SC.org . We look forward to hearing from you. 

If you have any queries relating to our NEA Mentoring programme, please contact Ian Thurlby-Campbell at Ian.Thurlby-Campbell@3SC.org .

Work Programme: CPA 18

The DWP have announced that the portion of Work Programme provision being delivered by NCG in CPA 18 (North East Yorkshire and the Humber) will be re-tendered over coming months. 3SC has a strong VCSE supply chain for Work Programme services in this area, and will be engaging potential primes to look at how this supply chain can support a winning proposal. If you have any queries relating to our Work Programme: CPA 18 offer, please contact Ian Thurlby-Campbell at Ian.Thurlby-Campbell@3SC.org  

NEET

Fair Chance Fund

As announced last month, 3SC has been shortlisted in the DCLG’s Fair Chance Fund programme.  The Fair Chance Fund is a payment by results programme which aims to move over 2,000 homeless young people into sustainable accommodation, as well as employment, education or training over 3 years. It will specifically target young, homeless people (predominantly 18 to 24 year olds) whose needs are difficult to address using existing services, and if whose needs are not addressed they are likely to lead to long-term benefit dependency, health problems and increased crime. 3SC’s proposed partnership includes St Mungo’s Broadway, The Prince’s Trust, and Groundwork. If you have any queries relating to our Fair Chance Fund proposal, please contact Ian Thurlby-Campbell at Ian.Thurlby-Campbell@3SC.org .

Youth Engagement Fund

The Youth Engagement Fund is a £16 million payment by results fund, jointly funded by the Cabinet Office, Department of Work and Pensions and the Ministry of Justice. It aims to help disadvantaged young people aged 14 to 17 to participate and succeed in education or training, and avoid becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training). This will improve their employability, reduce their long term dependency on benefits, and reduce their likelihood of offending. The programme follows after the pattern of the DWP Innovation Fund, and will be supported by social impact bonds (SIBs) that protect both the commissioner and delivery partners from financial risks. Government will only pay if initiatives are successful and lead to positive outcomes, and delivery partners will have their costs guaranteed through the bonds. 3SC runs a successful Innovation Fund project in Wales, and will be looking to build upon this success through the Youth Engagement Fund. We have already identified a small number of potential projects, and will be submitting initial proposals to the fund by the 18th August. If you have any queries relating to our Youth Engagement Fund proposals, please contact Ian Thurlby-Campbell at Ian.Thurlby-Campbell@3SC.org .