Adult and Community Learning DPS
Suffolk County Council are looking to procure providers to deliver their 2019/20 community learning projects via a Dynamic Purchasing System. The Council intends to appoint contractors with relevant experience and a proven track record to deliver innovative and varied community learning projects across Suffolk, for the period 1st August 2019 to 31st July 2020. Contracts will be for the delivery of learning against the funding SCC receives from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for the Adult Education Budget (AEB) for learners aged 19+. Providers who want to deliver small projects will need to register with the DPS and then tenders will be advertised for all of those who have registered successfully. This will replace all of our current community learning delivered by providers other than Realise Futures.
The Adult and Community Learning DPS (CD1281) has been advertised and is available to apply for on www.suffolksourcing.uk
To join the DPS (Dynamic Purchasing System) please apply using the online application. Please note that only those suppliers who meet the minimum standards stated in the application will be accepted onto the DPS and invited to bid for the opportunities for adult and community learning (called Call Off Contracts).
Please note that we intend to advertise our first Call Off Contracts to DPS Suppliers on 29th April 2019. Therefore if you wish to apply to join the DPS please ensure that this has been completed prior to this date.
DECISION: The outcome proposal was supported, and it was agreed to allocate up to £6,000 of ESP funding conditional on the following issue being addressed:
Seek clarity on how the network will be sustained after the first (funded) year is complete.
The proposal and request for funding was submitted following a very successful conference held on the 22nd May 2018 entitled ‘Future-proofing All Adult Learning’, which was attended by nearly 30 delegates from a number of different training providers.
Comments received included:
- "Pleased to see East Coast leading the way in the County – thank you"
- "Much appreciate East Suffolk Partnership are sharing the results of the research"
- "Can we share this practice with other areas of Suffolk"
- "Interesting morning"
The theme of the conference was around collaboration and this was reflected in both the keynote speech from Stephen Amer (The Voice cLoud), and the workshops led by Chris Abraham (Community Action Suffolk) and Sabrina Ward (Menta). Delegates were keen to explore the opportunities that could arise from working together and this culminated in discussion around forming an East Suffolk Adult Learning Network that could achieve many of these positive results.
The facilitator of the event, Chris McGuinness, has written a report summarising the outcomes of the conference and recommending the next steps. A link to the report is below.
As the network gets up and running, future meeting dates will be posted here. If you interested in getting involved, please contact Emily Oxborrow on Emily.email@example.com
An important part of the event was sharing some research that had been carried out the previous year. Over the summer of 2017, an Intern within the Economic Development Team collated and analysed a huge number of courses across East Suffolk to evaluate what is currently available, and also launched a survey asking for people’s views on the current provision as well as what they would like to access in the future.
He wrote a report outlining the findings of the research and makes several recommendations in the light of it. This work was initiated following a decision to gain a greater understanding of adult learning provision across East Suffolk, and to identify learners’ barriers to accessing existing provision.