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Call for bids from VCSE Organisations to deliver employment support to out-of-work residents including intensive wrap-around support from April 2023 to March 2025 

The North of Tyne Combined Authority is inviting applications from VCSE organisations to deliver activity to provide economically inactive people with access to support to progress into employment including: 

  • Engagement and social inclusion activities, supporting those furthest away from existing employability provision, with poor mental health and / or from under-represented groups e.g. young people from areas of low household income, Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnic people, people with disabilities, care leavers, carers and LGBTQ+ people.
  • Providing one to one wraparound support and guidance to identify, address and remove barriers and improve wellbeing, enabling participants to move closer to their goals.  Developing bespoke plans, identifying key interventions, and creating a personalised journey towards individual goals to move into work.

The overarching ambition of this new grant programme is to bring key VCSE partners together to deliver activities to support economically inactive residents. Activity will focus on providing economically inactive people with access to the right support to overcome their barriers to work and equip them with the right skills and attributes to progress into good, sustainable employment.  

All successful applicants will be required to actively work with the relevant Employment Partnership/s (in Newcastle, Northumberland and / or North Tyneside) to ensure UKSPF People and Skills funded projects add value to, and do not duplicate existing activity. 

Delivery period for this new activity is 1st April 2023 to 31st March 2025. 

The full UKSPF People and Skills application documentation is available here.

This Open Call will close at noon on Friday 10th February 2023. 

Applicants must be defined as a VCSE organisation and have delivered (since April 2022) or are currently delivering an ESF employability support programme, which can demonstrate a delivery infrastructure and local footprint supporting unemployed or economically inactive residents to progress towards and / or into the labour market across the North of Tyne area.

North of Tyne Employment Partnerships

Newcastle – Chris Ord, Employment Partnership Coordinator, Newcastle City Council (chris.ord@newcastle.gov.uk)

North Tyneside – Mark Barrett, Senior Manager-Employment & Skills, North Tyneside Council (mark.barrett@northtyneside.gov.uk)

Northumberland – Kevin Higgins, Employability and Inclusion Manager, Northumberland County Council (kevin.higgins@northumberland.gov.uk)