Jobs Growth Wales – Third Sector

Jobs Growth Wales – Third Sector

This contract is for the creation of job opportunities within the Third Sector only, for delivery from July 2013 to March 2014 and April 2014 to March 2015 with the potential for an additional year of delivery should the programme continue and subject to the budget being available.

Procurer reference: C128/2012/2013
Value of tender: £Undisclosed
Is this notice funded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO)?
Contract Type
Name of the organisation
Welsh Government – Department for Education and Skills
Contact Name
Jane Douglas
Ty’r Afon , Bedwas Road, Caerphilly,
CF83 8WT
Service category
Title of the contract
Jobs Growth Wales – Third Sector
Description of the contract

Job Growth Wales (JGW) is a Welsh Government Programme to address youth unemployment. It is a key commitment within the Welsh Government’s Programme for Government.

The Jobs Growth Wales programme was launched on 2 April 2012 and will create 4,000 jobs a year over the next 3 years for unemployed young people aged 16-24. It will provide participants with a job opportunity for a six month period paid at, or above, the national minimum wage for a minimum of 25 hours per week.

The programme will cater for young people that are job ready but have had difficulty securing employment. The outcome of the programme is to support young people to enter sustained employment including, where appropriate, an apprenticeship opportunity.

This contract is for the creation of job opportunities within the Third Sector only, for delivery from July 2013 to March 2014 and April 2014 to March 2015 with the potential for an additional year of delivery should the programme continue and subject to the budget being available.

We have chosen to work with the Third Sector to deliver one of the Jobs Growth Wales strands as a direct response to its successful delivery of previous similar initiatives for example the Department’s for Work and Pensions (DWP) Future Jobs Fund. Also the expertise of Third Sector organisations is acknowledged in providing the necessary support for those individuals that face additional barriers to fully engaging in the workplace.

The ‘Third Sector’ strand will be split across two elements and provide job opportunities for the following young people;

1. Young people who are “job ready” who are interested in securing employment within the Third Sector; and

2. Young people who may require additional support to overcome any personal barriers which have prevented them from getting or staying in work previously. This category provides some additional support costs to organisations and the individual to ensure the optimum outcome in terms of experience, employability and prospects beyond the six-month funded period.

The overall budget for each year will be:

• £4.5 million for July 2013 – March 2014; and

• £6 million for April 2014 – March 2015

• £6 million for April 2015 – March 2016 (subject to the budget being available)

The overall targets for each year will be:

From July 2013 to March 2014:

• 375 jobs for the “job ready” category; and

• 375 jobs for those needing additional support

From April 2014 to March 2015:

• 500 jobs for the “job ready” category; and

• 500 jobs for those needing additional support

The targets for April 2015 to March 2016 will be the same as April 2014 to March 2015 (subject to the budget being available)

Organisations are able to bid for more than one LOT but must define which LOTS they are bidding for and the number of jobs and costings in each LOT

We reserve the right to amend the targets and budget in consultation with the delivery organisation to respond to needs of programme.

Welsh Government will allocate job opportunities across the six lots outline below on the basis of the most recent youth employment statistics.

LOT 1 – North Wales

• Isle of Anglesey

• Gwynedd

• Conwy

• Denbighshire

• Flintshire

• Wrexham

LOT 2 – Gwent

• Blaenau Gwent

• Caerphilly

• Monmouthshire

• Torfaen

• Newport

LOT 3 – Cwm Taff

• Merthyr Tydfil

• Rhondda Cynon

LOT 4 – Swansea Bay

• Bridgend

• Neath Port Talbot

• City and County of Swansea

LOT 5 – Mid and West

• Powys

• Ceredigion

• Carmarthenshire

• Pembrokeshire

LOT 6 – Cardiff and Vale

• Cardiff

• Vale of Glamorgan

In pursuance of the above the supplier is required to provide the Welsh Government, on behalf of the Welsh Ministers, details of how they will meet the following requirements, which will be linked to the evaluation of the tender.

The applicant is required to:

• Source new and additional job opportunities within Third Sector organisations for job ready individuals and for those requiring additional support. The vast majority of the job opportunities should be created directly in Third Sector organisations. However, a small proportion may be outside of the Third Sector but linked to delivery by a Third Sector organisation.

• Support employers with the recruitment process including sifting applications, matching young people into the opportunities and enabling interviews;

• Reimburse the young person’s salary costs and the employers NI costs to the employer.

• Provide a consistent and continuous source of mentoring support throughout the 6 month job opportunity.

• Work with the young person and the employer to identify a relevant progression route post Jobs Growth Wales job opportunity.

• Demonstrate how the activity they propose is different from that provided by mainstream activity available that will provide measurable outcomes.

• Take part in the overall evaluation of Jobs Growth Wales.

The applicant will also need to set out clearly:

• Their ability and capacity to ensure that a programme of opportunities is offered and that they can demonstrate their ability to cover the area/s that they are bidding for.

• Capacity to respond flexibly to changes in Labour Market conditions.

• Delivery, output and financial profiles detailing the number of people they would expect to support.

• A breakdown within the tender of the costs for the administration and co-ordination of the programme.

• Evidence of how their approach will add value.

• Their ability to work within ESF audit requirements

• Evidence of vetting of employers to provide assurance that the participant is not entering an unsafe environment. They will need to meet the same standards here that we require for the private sector strand of this project.

• Outline the ability to market jobs to young people in each region and advise young people on “travel to work” routes to encourage them to apply for jobs outside of their immediate areas.

• Outline the resources available to deliver the number of participants to be recruited in each region

• Evidence of Employer Engagement networks

• Experience of delivery for this activity

• Experience of Third sector activities

For all participants:

• The needs of the target group must be met;

• National Minimum Wage plus NI costs must be paid to all participants on the programme;

• Applicants must be directed to the Jobs Growth Wales Live vacancy system for job applications.

• Evaluation of participant progress and evaluation 3 months after completion of the Jobs Growth Wales placement.

The JGW jobs will be with Third sector organisations but private and Public Sector companies can bid through this strand as long as they can provide jobs that are linked to charities.

The Welsh Government, on behalf of the Welsh Ministers, will be conducting this procurement exercise through the etenderwales portal Tender documents and other information must be downloaded from and returned through this portal. If you require any further assistance the BravoSolution helpdesk is available on:

Email: Phone: 0800 368 4850/ Fax: 020 7060 0480

Full information in accessing the portal is found in Section IV.

Classification of contract (CPV codes)
79611000 – Job search services.

Contract Length
Period in month/s
21 mis gyda’r opsiwn i ymestyn am 12 mis pellach. 21 months with an option to extend for a further 12 months
Contract will be awarded based on:

Most economically advantageous tender in terms of:Criteria as detailed in the contract documents

SECTION IV: Administrative Information

Instructions to suppliers

The Contract will have an option to extend for a further 12 months.


– Go to

– The first person from your Organisation to use the Platform will be required to register on behalf of the Organisation.

– Registration involves accepting a User Agreement, and providing basic information about your Organisation and about the User performing the Registration.

– The User who performs the Registration becomes the Super User for the Organisation.

– On registering on the Platform the Super User will select a Username and will receive a password.

– The Password will be sent by e-mail to the email address that was specified in the User Details section of the Registration page.

– In order to log-in to the Platform please enter your Username and Password.

– Note: If you forget your Password then visit the homepage and click “Forgot your password?”

– Registration should only be performed once for each Organisation.

– If you think that someone in your Organisation may have already registered on this Platform then you must not register again.

– Please contact the person who Registered (i.e. the Super User) in order to arrange access to the Platform.

– Contact the Helpdesk immediately if you are unable to contact the Super User (for example if they have left your Organisation).

– Note: If your Organisation is already registered on the Platform then you must not make any additional registration. Please contact the Helpdesk to gain access to the Platform.

– Tenders must be uploaded to the BravoSolution portal by 2pm


– Once logged in you must click on ‘PQQs Open to all Suppliers’

– The etender references for this contract are: Project_24354 and PQQ_30652

– Click on the title to access summary details of the contract. If you are still interested in expressing an interest, click the ‘Express an Interest button’. This will move the PQQ from the ‘Open to all Suppliers’ area to the ‘My PQQ’s’ on the home page.

– You will then see the full details of the PQQ in the qualification and technical envelopes along with any relevant documents in the ‘Attachments’ area.

– Should you have any questions on the PQQ, please use the ‘Messages’ area to contact the buyer directly – Please do not contact the named person at the top of this notice.

Reference Number
Deadline Date
Deadline date refers to
Submission of pre-qualification questionnaire
Does this contract relate to a Project / Programme funded by EU funds?
Increasing Employment and Tackling Economic Inactivity – ESF Convergence P2 T1&2, ESF Regional Competitiveness P1
Community Benefits apply to this contract, Further details:
Creation of sustainable employment opportunities
WEFO Funded