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.

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 will be holding a number of events to aid your application, please see below for further details and Eventbrite links.

Information Event (online)

Wednesday 14th December 2022, 11am

This event will provide some background into what the FPS is, and why becoming involved would be beneficial for your organisation. The FPS team will cover:

  • the strategic background to the FPS
  • what we have commissioned so far
  • upcoming opportunities
  • timeline of the reopening and engagement schedule
  • tips for the chest

14/12/22 - FPS Background Information Event - apply for tickets on Eventbrite

Application Workshop (online)

Monday 19th December 2022, 11am & Wednesday 11th January 2023, 11am

During this workshop, the FPS team will be going through the entire application process in detail. We will cover:

  • minimum standards to join
  • all documentation required: SSQ document and requirements matrix
  • scoring criteria
  • top tips

We will also be answering questions and providing information on how to sign up to our drop-in sessions. Please note that the information shared in both application workshop sessions will be the same.

19/12/22 - FPS application process workshop - apply for tickets on Eventbrite

11/01/23 - FPS application process workshop - apply for tickets on Eventbrite

Additional Events

The FPS team will also be holding an additional workshop tailored to VCSEs and several drop-in sessions. More details on these events will be available after December’s Information Event.

If you have additional queries, or would like to join the FPS mailing list, please email EWSframework@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk.


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
  • 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