Today, successful bidders to deliver a 3-year Employment Support Pilot were announced as the first part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Devolution Agreement. The Pilot is aimed at tackling unemployment and low pay within 9 target communities across the West Midlands, with a focus on building social capital. The Pilot will help people to engage with targeted employability support, raise aspirations within the community, and support sustainable employment.

WMCA’s tender round was supported by Carley Consult who acted as a commissioning partner, assisting to facilitate the procurement process. WMCA Programme Manager for Employment and Skills, John Hall, said: “We are really pleased with the procurement exercise and excited to work with our successful providers to deliver the Employment Support Pilot over the next 3 years.”

The successful bidders are listed below, with details of the communities where they will be delivering the pilot, alongside the contract values allocated.

Community Area Contract Value Successful Bidder
Batchley and Brockhill (Redditch) £173, 278 Redditch United Football Club
Binley and Willenhill (Coventry) £496, 765 Reed in Partnership
Birchills Leamore (Walsall) £463, 215 Rathbone Training
Camp Hill (Nuneaton) £209,959 Pet-Xi Training Limited
Cannock North (Cannock Chase) £211, 221 Walsall College
Chelmsley Wood (Solihull) £378, 874 Advance Housing, Support & Employment
Glascote (Tamworth) £188, 858 Steps to Work
Shard End (Birmingham) £824, 783 The Shaw Trust
Washwood Heath (Birmingham) £1,053,174 Remploy

Congratulations to the successful bidders!