UKSPF – People and Skills Year 3 Investment Call for bids to deliver employment support and in work support. April 2024 to March 2025

The overarching ambitions of the UKSPF employment support and in work support (2024/25) investment is to: 

  • Simplify the employability landscape, to make it easier for residents to access provision 
  • Ensure that employability provision is demand led, prepares people for labour market opportunities and that employers are involved in shaping delivery  
  • Create an employment journey which supports people towards work, into work, and within work. This means UKSPF year three provision will start preparing those further from the labour market for more work-related activity in 2025 onwards, while working with people closer to the labour market now.  

NTCA will invest in three strands of activity in the UKSPF People and Skills theme for employment support and in work support (2024/25). These are: 

  • Barrier removal, building the confidence and motivation to work for people who are assessed as being further from the labour market. This activity will give access to the right support and skills, to progress people towards employment. 
  • Work focused employment support for out-of-work residents including work-related activities, job-search support and work placements, to prepare people for finding and entering work.   
  • Support for people who are in work to retain and sustain work, and support for people experiencing in work poverty to progress in work. 

How to apply 

The North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) is inviting applications from organisations for provision related to our UKSPF People and Skills 2024/2025 investment.  

We are interested in innovative proposals that focus on providing both economically inactive and unemployed residents with support to move towards work, into work, and within work.  

Lead organisations are required to submit applications in the form of a business case and finance and outputs table document.

Applications must be received by 5pm on Monday 18 December 2023. Any application not fully completed, or submitted after this date and time, will be disregarded by the assessment panel.  

Applications must be submitted electronically to including the words “People and Skills Year 3 Investment” in the subject line.  

Applicants should ensure they use the People and Skills (2024/25) Open Call Application Guidance when completing these documents.   

The application documents can be downloaded at the following links: 

Supporting information and evidence 

In designing the specification for the Year 3 allocation, we have developed and reviewed a wide range of evidence which is encapsulated in the following two documents:  

Questions and answers 

If you have any questions about this application, please direct these to including “People and Skills Year 3 Investment” in the title.  

Please note that any answers to questions raised during this application process, that are not commercially sensitive, will be published publicly on NTCA’s website weekly as part of a question and answers document.  

UKSPF – People and Skills Year 3 Q&A log. 

To allow time for answers to be published prior to closure of the Open Call, the deadline for any questions is 5pm, Tuesday 12 December 2023. 


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