European Social Fund (ESF)
ESF 2011–13 (England) Support for Families with Multiple Problems provision
During April 2011 DWP made a ‘call for evidence’ for input on a number of areas of policy design for this employment focused provision. A summary of responses to the call for evidence was published on 4 July 2011.
- European Social Fund: support for families with multiple problems - call for evidence summary of responses
On 30 June 2011 we invited eligible organisations on the framework for the Provision of Employment Related Support Services (ERSS) to tender for European Social Fund (ESF) 2011–13 provision. This tender was limited to organisations on the Employment Related Support Services (ERSS) Framework in England only (for further information on the ERSS Framework please refer to the link below in ‘Additional Information’). The evaluation of bids was conducted from September to November and contracts awarded through December 2011.
You can find Invitation to Tender (ItT) and Contracts information on the Contracts Finder website including:
- draft terms and conditions
- invitation to tender and bidder guidance
- full details of the actual procurement timescales
- final terms and conditions and associated schedules such as order forms
- final agreed progress measures and winning tenderers’ bids on Contracts Finder.
- European Social Fund (ESF) 2011–13 Support for Families with Multiple Problems (Business Link website – Contracts Finder).
The final version of the ItT Question and Answer Log can be viewed below:
ESF Prime Providers
The list below details those organisations who have been awarded contracts to deliver ESF 2011-13 Support for families with Multiple Problems.
|Supplier||Contract Package Area|
|Reed In Partnership||CPA 1 East of England|
|Working Links||CPA 2 East Midlands|
|Reed In Partnership||CPA 3 East London|
|Reed In Partnership||CPA 4 West London|
|The WISE Group||CPA 5 North East|
|G4S Care and Justice Service||CPA 6 Greater Manchester / Cheshire & Warrington (excluding Halton)|
|Reed In Partnership||CPA 7 Cumbria & Lancashire / Merseyside (including Halton)|
|Skills Training UK||CPA 8 South East|
|Twin Training International Ltd||CPA 9 South West (excluding Cornwall and Isles of Scilly)|
|Paragon Concord Ltd||CPA 10 Convergence area of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly only|
|EOS Works Ltd (formerly Fourstar)||CPA 11 West Midlands|
|EOS Works Ltd (formerly Fourstar)||CPA 12 Yorkshire and the Humber|
ESF 2011-13 (England) provision is the third contract to be called off the ERSS Framework following Work Programme and Mandatory Work Activity.
We established the Employment Related Support Services (ERSS) framework early in 2011 via open competition. Under EU regulations we are not able to accept new organisations onto the framework.
Organisations seeking to provide services specifically regarding ESF may find it helpful to look at the list of framework organisations and make direct approaches to them to be considered for any supply chain opportunities they may have.
More information about the ERSS Framework including the list of organisations is available on this site
Additionally the Merlin Standard website also provides information about current prime contractors to DWP. It includes a facility through which providers can exchange information with other providers, whether you are a prime contractor seeking subcontractors, or a potential subcontractor seeking to engage prime contractors.
Any supplier who has an interest in working with DWP should be aware of the DWP Commissioning approach and adhere to the DWP Code of Conduct. Additional information about the Code of Conduct and the Merlin Standard is on our website. The Merlin Standard has been designed to recognise and promote sustainable excellence within supply chains and provide guidance to those seeking to achieve it.
- Doing business with DWP – code of good practice
- Welfare to Work service – subcontracting – Merlin Standard