Opportunity Sheffield – the employment and skills service within Sheffield City Council – has awarded delivery contracts to 13 organisations following its latest procurement round for the ESF Pathways employment support programme.
Delivery commenced this week on the fourth phase of the Adult programme, which originally commenced in May 2019. ESF Pathways comprises the Ambition and Pathways to Success projects, both of which are part-funded by the European Social Fund and will run until November 2023.
Organisations were invited to bid for a range of targeted support contracts, geared to support unemployed and economically inactive residents of Sheffield to move towards and into the labour market. A small number of general, community-based support contracts (Universal) were also commissioned following a competitive tender process.
Further commissioning activity on ESF Pathways Sheffield is to follow.
Delivery partners for 2022-23
The following organisations were awarded Ambition contracts in the recent round of commissioning:
Ex-offenders – Manor & Castle Development Trust
Homelessness – Depaul UK
Parents and/or Carers returning to work – NUCA t/a Zest
Refugee & Asylum Seekers – Voluntary Action Sheffield
Pathways to Success
The following organisations were awarded Pathways to Success contracts in the recent round of commissioning:
Autism Spectrum Disorder – Autism Plus
Specialist Mental Health – Big Ambitions
Specialist Learning Difficulty & Disability – Yes2Ventures
18-24 – Sheffield Futures
BAME – Burngreave Works, Firvale Community Hub, SOAR, The Employers Forum
Economically Inactive – Sharrow Community Forum
Non-acute health conditions – Big Ambitions, Manor & Castle Development Trust, Yes2Ventures
Universal (any barrier) – Burngreave Works, SOAR, The Employers Forum, NUCA t/a Zest
About ESF Pathways
The ESF Pathways programme is made up of two large projects, Ambition and Pathways to Success, which are part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).
These programmes support unemployed and economically inactive young people and adults – including those with multiple, significant and often complex barriers – to enable them to move towards, or into suitable learning, training or employment.
ESF Pathways is delivered in partnership with South Yorkshire Local Authorities in Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster, Doncaster Children’s Services Trust and Sheffield Futures.
In Sheffield, the Council works closely with the local voluntary and community sector organisations and other providers of training and employment related support to achieve these aims.