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.

To apply to join the FPS at its third opening, please visit the Chest. The closing date is May 26, 2021, and all questions should be directed through the Chest.

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 Limited

  • Acorn Training

  • Aim 2 Learn

  • Aspire Education

  • Babington Group

  • Back 2 Work

  • Back on Track

  • Blue Apple Training

  • Bolton Security

  • Bright Direction training

  • Bury College

  • Career Connect

  • Complete Training and Assessment

  • Dymensions Training

  • EFL Trust

  • Free to Learn

  • Gloucester training College

  • Greendale

  • Groundwork MAATT

  • Hopwood Hall College

  • Independent Training

  • Ingenus UK

  • Innovative Alliance

  • Instep UK

  • Learning Curve

  • Learning Skills Partnerships

  • LTE Group

  • Mantra Learning

  • Maximus UK Services

  • New Charter Housing Trust / Jigsaw

  • NGTC Ltd

  • North Lancashire Training Group

  • North West Skills Academy

  • Pathway First Limited

  • PeoplePlus Group

  • Plato Training Professional Training Solutions

  • Realise Learning and Employment

  • Rochdale Training

  • Salford City College

  • Salford Foundation

  • SB Skills Solutions

  • Seetec Business Technology

  • Society for the Reduction of Carbon Limited

  • Standguide Limited

  • System Group Limited

  • Tameside Adult Community Education

  • The Construction Skills Company

  • The Education Skill Partnership

  • The Growth Company

  • Manchester College

  • The Oldham College

  • The Training Brokers

  • TMP Studios CIC

  • Total People

  • Training Strategies Ltd

  • Total Training Provision Limited

  • Training Strategies Limited

  • TRN Train

  • UK Skills Academy

  • Wigan and Leigh College

  • Workers Educational Association