Merton Chamber of Commerce wishes to commission an evaluation of the SME Capacity Building project. This project has been funded by the Skills Funding Agency and European Social Fund through the Skills for the Workforce programme.

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This evaluation will be completed by 31st July 2015 and the scope of the evaluation is set out below.

Queries regarding this invitation to quote can be addressed to:

Angela Browne

email: angela@mertonchamber.co.uk

telephone: 020 8944 5501

 The quote to tender for this evaluation should be sent by email to Angela Browne angela@mertonchamber.co.uk by 5pm on Wednesday 1st July 2015

 

Background

The overall aim of the Skills for the Workforce programme is to improve an SME’s ability to sustain and grow their business by accessing talent from a pool of young people/adults (19+) who can be trained and nurtured in their chosen career path.
Activities: Build on the work of the ‘Pathways to Professions’ (West of England LEP events) and the London Councils ‘Apprenticeship Employer Engagement Project’ by working with up to seven local authorities involved in this work to take forward good practice recommendations by:-

  • Engaging businesses, particularly from key SME sectors in London, that could pledge to recruit Apprentices into their business.
  • Providing stimulating business-led awareness raising and networking sessions (in sub regions in London) to improve partnership working between employers, skills/careers providers and schools working with young adults (19+).
  • Offering SMEs 1:1 and group support throughout the pilot project lifetime to fulfil their pledge and better understand how to get the most benefit from their apprentice (this could include some work shadowing & work through Apprenticeship Ambassadors).

Outcomes: 1. Engage with 700 SME businesses 2. Identify 350 vacancies within those SME businesses 3. Prepare and support SMEs to work with 250 young adults (19+) 4. Achieve 105 Apprenticeship starts

A more detailed description of the project to be evaluated is attached at Appendix 1.

Merton Chamber of Commerce has managed this project across seven London Boroughs – working with local authority partners. The project Accountable Body is Newham College.

 Evaluation Requirements

Merton Chamber of Commerce and the funders require a report against the activities of the SME Capacity Building project to demonstrate and understand the impact of the project, the strategic added value, overall performance against objectives and targets, understand why the project has been successful/ unsuccessful and consider value for money.

The deliverable for the evaluation will be a comprehensive and high quality evaluation report produced in an on-line format (PDF).

Timescale

 

Activity  Deadline
Tender published 18th June 2015
Response to Tender to be received by 5pm on Wednesday 1st July 2015
Evaluation Commissioned and start of work Monday 6th July 2015
The final Evaluation Report by 31st July 2015

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