NIC seeks service provider to deliver a Female Specific Service across the Tees Valley

Thursday 08th March 2018

Tender Opportunity

As part of their Building Better Opportunities (BBO) Programme in Tees Valley, the Northern Inclusion Consortium – or NIC – is seeking a service provider to deliver a Female Specific Service across the five Tees Valley Local Authority Areas (Darlington, Stockton, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland).

Further information on the BBO programme is provided on the NIC website and the Step Forward Tees Valley website

The Northern Inclusion Consortium, an established partnership of four of the North East’s largest charities – DISC, Groundwork, Changing Lives and Mental Health Concern  – delivers the Step Forward Tees Valley programme across the Tees Valley Area.

Step Forward Tees Valley is an exciting programme which aims to support people experiencing barriers and complex needs move closer toward work and training opportunities. Step Forward Tees Valley is an £8.8 million programme jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund until September 2019.

Female Specific Service

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The successful provider will be expected to deliver the following service objectives in accordance with defined programme targets:

  • Increase the access and engagement of female participants onto the programme
  • Improve the confidence, employability and job specific skills of female participants on the Step Forward Tees Valley programme by co-ordinating an offer of education and skills learning
  • Provide wrap-around support to enable female participants to fully benefit from the programme
  • Contribute to the evidence base for what works in empowering women and develop a plan for sustainability and legacy following programme closure

The service is anticipated to be run over the remaining course of the programme to September 2019. NIC are looking to appoint a suitable provider to commence the service in early May 2018.

Interested parties who believe they have the right skills and experience to deliver such a service and would like to receive a copy of the tender documents should register their interest as follows:

By email to  (on behalf of Northern Inclusion Consortium).

You should quote your contact name, telephone number and email address.

It is anticipated that the invitation to tender will be issued electronically to interested parties on 21 March 2018. Any change to the proposed date will be notified accordingly.