Supply Chain Partners

Prospects works in partnership with a wide range of education, employment, training and health specialists, to enhance our offer to our customers in:

  • Work Programme and similar welfare to work initiatives - working with unemployed people, enabling them to secure sustainable jobs
  • National Careers Service  - information, advice and guidance on learning and work to anyone over 19, with help to choose and enter careers
  • National Careers Service offender services to people in prison and resettling in the community, to choose and secure positive destinations including work and training
  • National Careers Service Inspiration brokering relationships between schools, colleges and employers creating links between industry and educational institution to inspire young people to think about their future careers
  • European Social Fund (ESF) programmes bringing unemployed young people and adults nearer the labour market, improving skills and employability, helping them into sustainable and rewarding jobs and supporting them and their employers to progress in work
  • Local authority and ESF programmes focused on supporting vulnerable 13 – 18 year olds to remain in learning and progress into apprenticeships, further education or employment

ESFA ESF Partners Required

Shaw Trust will be bidding for the ESFA ESF Co-Financed activity opportunities and is seeking partners to help support and deliver the following programmes:

1. Support for Individuals Who Are NEET or At Risk of NEET: Sustainable integration into the labour market of Young People, in particular those not in employment, education or training, including young people at risk of social exclusion.

Targeting the following LEP areas:

  • Coventry and Warwickshire
  • Gloucestershire
  • Leeds City Region
  • London (Central)
  • London (North and East)
  • London (South)
  • London (West)
  • Northamptonshire
  • Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire
  • Yorkshire, North Yorkshire East Riding

2. Skills Support for the Workforce: Aims to increase the skills levels of employed people from the existing level to the next level up, to encourage progression in employment, including the basic skills needs of employed people, particularly in SMEs and Micro businesses

Targeting the following LEP areas:

  • Coast to Capital
  • Greater Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • South East​ 

3. Skills Support to the Unemployed: Aims to provide access to employment for job seekers and inactive people, including the long term unemployed and people far from the labour market

Targeting the following LEP areas:

  • Greater Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • South East

If you would like to work with the Shaw Trust Group on any of these programmes please complete the following Expression of Interest by COP Tuesday 4th September 2018.

If you have any queries, please contact the partnership team at

National Careers Service subcontracting opportunities 

Prospects is the Prime Contractor for the National Careers Service, the across Greater London, West Midlands and the South West. We work with over 30 subcontractors across these regions to deliver National Careers Service to adults aged 18 plus. National Careers Service is funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). The current service started on 1 October 2014 and will expire on 30 September 2018. National Careers Service is delivered under one consistent national brand but is shaped locally to respond to the needs of local people, partners and employers.

The recently published National Careers Service Position Statement by the ESFA stated that over the last five years National Careers Service has demonstrated consistent improvement in quality across all aspects of the service. It has provided locally tailored information advice and guidance and supported customers to achieve positive outcomes particularly for those who are most disadvantaged in the labour market. In 2016-17 prime contractor data indicated that the National Careers Service delivered information, advice and guidance to almost 600,000 customers. An independent survey of customers conducted by Ipsos MORI indicated that 55% of customers progressed within or into employment within 6 months of contact with the National Careers Service.

The new service will support the government’s forthcoming careers strategy, which will set out what the Government will do to make sure everyone has the right advice at the right time. The service will continue to enable individuals seeking learning and work to have access to consistent, good quality careers information, advice and guidance when they need it.

As part of the new procurement process we asked organisations who wished to be considered for our supply chain in the London, West Midlands, South West (including Oxfordshire) and the South East Lots to complete an initial, short expression of interest by Thursday 30 November 12 noon. Applications are now closed however we may advertise a further stage 1 procurement round depending on the final specification (due in January 2018) should we need other suppliers to meet requirements. 

All organisations who have completed stage 1 EoI will be contacted following assessment. If you have only completed the generic EoI, we will be sending you three additional specific questions to enable thorough and fair assessment. 

Organisations shortlisted from stage I will be required to complete a second stage invitation which will provide further detail on the service requirements, targets, numbers and payment mechanisms. We will also require you to provide full financial information and to confirm details of delivery. 

Please email if you have any questions.

Prospects supports more than 500,000 customers per annum nationally and works with over 250 partner organisations delivering end to end and/or specialist support that helps our customers achieve their ambitions and overcome perceived and/or real barriers.

Our partners represent a mix of public, private and third sector organisation ranging from SMEs to Local Authorities. Our supply chain management approach meets the Merlin Standard; our most recent evaluation was awarded ‘Excellent.’ We support the development of healthy, high performing supply chains which we demonstrate through open, honest and transparent engagement encouraging innovation and collaboration supporting the success of our partners and meeting the needs of our customers.

We regularly seek new partners to help us deliver specific services and to build on the skills, experience and local knowledge to continuously improve our customers’ experience and achievements. Our partners join a dynamic and innovative team sharing common values, championing sustainability and social responsibility and access to funding and development opportunities.

If you would like to apply to become a Prospects partner, please complete the generic electronic Expression of Interest form which you can access here

(please follow the instructions contained within the EoI).

If you have any questions about completing the form please email