GMCA have launched the Education, Work and Skills Flexible Procurement System (FPS).

Our 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.

Our objective is to create a single Procurement System that allows easier and quicker commissioning of education, work, and skills activity by GMCA. 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 activity.

Going forward, GMCA intend to use the FPS for the majority of Education, Work and Skills commissioning. We would therefore highly recommend that organisations apply to join the framework if they wish to bid for future delivery. GMCA is committed to opening the FPS for new providers to join the framework multiple times a year.

The FPS will be open again for applications in Autumn 2021. This webpage will be updated with a closing date and a link to the Chest in due course.

For a walkthrough on how to apply, please see a recording of our previous market engagement event. For help and support on information governance, please see a recording of our previous webinar. Please note: these events were recorded in December 2020, however all the information, bar the dates mentioned, is up to date.

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

  • Access Skills

  • Acorn Training

  • Aim 2 Learn

  • Alliance Learning

  • Aspire Education

  • Babington Business College

  • B4box Ltd

  • Back 2 Work Complete Training Limited

  • Back on Track Manchester

  • Barfection

  • Blue Apple Training

  • Bolton Security

  • Bright Direction training

  • Bury College

  • Career Connect

  • Complete Training and Assessment

  • Dimensions Training solutions

  • Dynamis Enterprise ltd

  • EFL Trust

  • Free to learn Ltd

  • Get Set Academy

  • Gloucestershire Training College

  • Goddard Consultants Coaching Practice CIC

  • Greendale Limited t/a ECTA

  • Groundwork MSSTT

  • Hopwood Hall College

  • IN4.0 Group

  • Independent Training and Education

  • Ingeus UK

  • Innovative Alliance Limited

  • Instep UK

  • Learning Curve Group

  • Learning skills Partnership

  • LTE Group

  • Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

  • Mantra Learning Limited

  • Maximus UK Services Limited

  • New Charter Housing Trust / Jigsaw

  • NGTC Ltd

  • North Lancs Training Gropup

  • North West Skills Academy

  • One Manchester

  • Pathway first Limited

  • PeoplePlus Group

  • Plato Training

  • Procure Plus Holdings Limited

  • Professional Training Solutions

  • 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

  • Standguide limited

  • Stockport Homes Limited

  • System Group Limited

  • Tameside Adult Community

  • 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 People Limited

  • Total Training Provision Limited

  • Training Strategies Ltd

  • TRN Train

  • UK Skills Academy

  • Warrington & Vale Royal College

  • Wigan and leigh College

  • Wigan Employment and Skills

  • Workers' Educational Association