Following the five PQQ events for the new specialist disability employment provision conducted from Tuesday 31st March to Wednesday 8th April, DWP are now able to share details as outlined at the events. The questions and answers log is currently being finalised and will be published shortly. In the meantime a full delegate list for each event and copies of the event slides can be accessed on the DWP website.
The Department for Work and Pensions is offering organisations the opportunity to compete, through an open and competitive two stage tendering process, for the delivery of Specialist Disability Employment Programme (SDEP) provision across 28 contract areas covering the whole of Britain. The contract period for package areas SDEP1 to SDEP28 will be from October 2010 to October 2015, with the opportunity to extend for a further 24 months. The competition will be a two-stage process, including a pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) and invitation to tender (ITT).
The National Offender Management Service is tendering a programme of employment support for offenders. The PQQ process will go through the Bravo Solutions website and is on a regional prime provider basis. Members may wish to seek subcontracting opportunities. An email will be issued to members shortly giving further details.
The pre-qualification questionnaire events for the IDEAS programme have now been confirmed. Full details will be on the DWP website by the end of the week. The events take place at Edinburgh (31 March); Leeds (1 April); Manchester (3 April); Cardiff (7 April) and London (8 April).
Kensington and Chelsea are tendering for a supported employment service for disabled people and people with mental health needs. The contract will run from April 2009 to March 2012. Expression of interest forms and a copy of the PQQ documents are available from HHASC Contracts Team, The Town Hall, Horton Street, London W8 7NX or by email from gregory [dot] alake [at] rbkc [dot] gov [dot] uk. The closing date for return is 5 February 2009.