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Flexible Procurement System

GMCA has created the Education, Work and Skills Flexible Procurement System (FPS) to allow for easier and quicker commissioning activity. This will minimise the timescale for procurement activity and reduce confusion and administration, whilst creating opportunities for a wider range of suppliers to bid for GMCA commissioned education, work and skills activity. The FPS will also be used by Local Authorities within Greater Manchester to commission Apprenticeships and other relevant activity.

GMCA’s ambition in Greater Manchester is to create an integrated labour market eco-system which has the individual and employer at its heart, that better responds to the needs of residents, communities, and businesses, and which contributes to the inclusive growth and productivity of the GM economy. Our vision is for an integrated education, work and skills system that will help all of our residents to be school ready, life ready and work ready.

What do Providers have to do to join the FPS?

All providers are required to complete a bid submission that is evaluated by a panel at GMCA.

  • Provider information

  • Mandatory and Discretionary exclusions

  • Finance and Technical Examples

  • Social Value

  • Information Governance

  • Supplier suitability: how you respond to the priorities of Greater Manchester, track record, and performance management

Providers will not be accepted onto the FPS unless they pass these sections. Admission to the FPS does not guarantee funding but gives providers to opportunity to bid on pots of funding that they are eligible for.

Requirements Matrix

The other element of an FPS submission is the requirements matrix, where providers are asked to evidence their work. Commissioners filter the FPS using the requirements matrix to produce lists of providers who are invited to bid on funding for projects.

The sections on the requirements matrix are:

  • Characteristics: employment status, demographic considerations, and personal circumstance

  • Interventions: supporting young people and adults to transition into further learning or work, supporting individuals currently in work, and supporting employers

  • Sector / Occupational Specialisms: accredited / bespoke sector-based delivery, and accredited / bespoke life skills

Key Dates and Information

The FPS will open for applications on Monday 12th December 2022. The tender submission date for this opening will be Monday 27th February 2023 at 12pm. Following the evaluation and moderation of your applications, framework agreements will be issued by w/c 19th June 2023.

Apply for the FPS via the Chest.

We welcome new applications, and reapplications from those organisations who have not previously been successful in joining the framework. We also welcome additional applications from those already on the FPS who would like to apply for further matrix sections, or who would like to update the locations they deliver in and the contract values they can deliver.

Engagement Events

GMCA have held a number of events to aid your application. Please see below for recordings of these events. Copies of the slides for each event can be found with the full suite of application documentation on the Chest.

Information Event - December 2022. This event provided some background into what the FPS is, and why becoming involved would be beneficial for your organisation.

Application Workshop - December 2022. During this workshop, the FPS team went through the entire application process in detail, including minimum standards, all documentation required, scoring criteria, and top tips.

Back to Basics Workshop - January 2023. This event looked at why your organisation should apply for the FPS, as well as which organisations are suitable for the framework. The FPS team also answered a number of questions about the application process.

The FPS team will also be holding several drop-in sessions on Tuesday 31st January, Thursday 2nd February and Wednesday 8th February. To attend, please email with your preferred date and some timeslots. 


If you have additional queries, or would like to join the FPS mailing list, please email


UK Shared Prosperity Fund 

It is anticipated that the FPS will be used as part of the commissioning process for the People and Skills investment priority of the Core UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Please note that this is different to the process for UK Community Renewal Fund submissions, which were able to be made directly on The Chest without organisations needing to have successfully applied to join the FPS beforehand.

As it is unlikely that the FPS will open again for applications before the start of UKSPF People and Skills commissioning activity, if your organisation is interested in bidding as a lead provider for any future UKSPF People and Skills opportunities please ensure that you apply to the FPS via The Chest before the deadline of Monday 27 February 2023 at 12pm.


The following suppliers have already been successful in applying to the FPS:

  • Acacia Training
  • Access Skills
  • Acorn Training
  • Aim 2 Learn
  • Alliance Learning
  • Apprentify Ltd
  • Aspire Education
  • Babington Business College
  • B4box Ltd
  • Back 2 Work Complete Training Limited
  • Back on Track Manchester
  • Baltic Training
  • Barfection
  • Blue Apple Training
  • Bolton Security
  • Bright Direction training
  • Bury Adult Learning Service
  • Bury College
  • Calico Enterprise Limited
  • Career Connect
  • CECOS Computing International
  • Centrepoint Soho
  • Code Nation
  • Complete Training and Assessment
  • Damar Limited
  • Dimensions Training Solutions
  • DMR Training and Consultancy Limited
  • Dynamis Enterprise Ltd
  • EFL Trust
  • Elysium Training
  • Endorphins Group
  • Expanse Group
  • Free to Learn Ltd
  • Focusing First on People Limited
  • ForHousing Ltd
  • Generation
  • Get Set Academy
  • Gloucestershire Training College
  • GNR Training Limited
  • Goddard Consultants Coaching Practice CIC
  • Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations
  • Greendale Limited t/a ECTA
  • Groundwork MSSTT
  • Hive Learning Network CIC
  • Hopwood Hall College
  • IN4.0 Group
  • Independent Training and Education
  • Ingeus UK
  • Innovative Alliance Limited
  • Instep UK
  • Juniper Training
  • Learning Curve Group
  • Learning Skills Partnership
  • LTE Group
  • MAES
  • Manchester Digital
  • Manchester Metropolitan University RES Office
  • Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Mantra Learning Limited
  • Maximus UK Services Limited
  • Netcom Training Limited
  • New Charter Housing Trust / Jigsaw
  • NGTC Ltd
  • North Lancs Training Group
  • North West Skills Academy
  • One Manchester
  • Pathway First Limited
  • PeoplePlus Group
  • Plato Training
  • Procure Plus Holdings Limited
  • Professional Training Solutions
  • Proper Job
  • QA
  • Raytheon Professional Services
  • Realise Learning and Employment Limited
  • Reform Radio CIC
  • Remit Training
  • Rochdale Training Association Limited
  • Salford City College
  • Salford Foundation
  • Salford University Digital ICZ
  • SB Skills Solutions
  • Seetec Business Technology
  • Serco Limited
  • Society for the Reduction of Carbon
  • Solvo Vir Limited
  • St Antony's Centre
  • Standguide Limited
  • Stockport Homes Limited
  • System Group Limited
  • Tameside Adult Community
  • Tameside College
  • TechTalent Academy
  • The Childcare Company Ltd
  • The Construction Skills People
  • The Education and Skills Partnership
  • The Growth Company
  • The Oldham College
  • The Princes Trust
  • The Root of It
  • The Training Brokers
  • Think Employment Limited
  • TMP Studios CIC
  • Total Excellence Centre Ltd
  • Total People Limited
  • Total Training Provision Limited
  • Training Strategies Ltd
  • TRN Train
  • UK Skills Academy
  • United Response
  • University of Bolton
  • Waltham International College Ltd
  • Warrington & Vale Royal College
  • We Are Digital
  • Wigan and Leigh College
  • Wigan Employment and Skills
  • Woodspeen
  • Workers' Educational Association