Manchester Economic Solutions (ES), supported by the GM Futures alliance, has been awarded two major contracts which will enhance its provision to help people back to work in Greater Manchester. In the first success, The Work Company, part of ES, has led a successful bid to the Skills Funding Agency to deliver the Skills for Employment pilot project, which is funded by the European Social Fund and Local Growth Fund. Worth up to £24m over three years, the contract delivers a combination of employment, skills, and work experience support to long term unemployed adults in Greater Manchester who face multiple barriers to employment.
Part of GM’s Working Well Expansion suite of projects, the contract will be delivered by ES and a supply chain of GM based skills and work experience providers. The contract will run until March 2019.
In a second contract success, The Work Company has secured the contract to deliver the Working Well Expansion Personalised Support Service in Greater Manchester after a successful bid to Trafford Council, who have commissioned the service on behalf of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. The Work Company’s contract covers the areas of Manchester, Salford and Trafford, with a contract value of £4.2m. The contract is due to commence in March 16 and will run until March 2020, establishing ES as a prime contractor in the employment services market.
The contracts are significant wins for the GM Futures alliance, ES’s partnership with Greater Manchester Council for Voluntary Organisations, GM Chamber, GM Colleges Group, GM Learning Provider Network, and The Manchester College. The partners in the alliance are working together to enable a collaborative approach to delivering Greater Manchester’s employment and skills ambitions.
Managing Director of The Work Company, Jerry Stokes said: “We’re delighted to have been successful in winning these two important contracts. We expect over 12,000 local people to benefit from the support that they will provide over the coming years, and that will have a real impact on their ability to gain employment and to stay in work.”
Mark Hughes, Chief Executive of Manchester Economic Solutions said: “Tackling worklessness and raising the skill levels of unemployed people are key strands of the Greater Manchester Strategy which Economic Solutions was set up to support. The issues that unemployed people face, and particularly those who are long term unemployed, are many and complex. These projects will bring together the extensive skills and expertise of a wide range of partners in Greater Manchester to address these needs in a coherent and comprehensive manner.”