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West Midlands Procurement Framework for Jobs and Skills

The West Midlands Procurement Framework for Jobs and Skills (launched in March 2010) was developed for use by public and voluntary sector organisations who wish to increase access to jobs and skills opportunities for local people through the procurement exercises they undertake.

The public sector spends and invests an estimated £220 billion annually on goods, services, capital assets and construction. Within the West Midlands the public sector spend an estimated £16 billion annually.

The Framework

The Framework enables public, private and voluntary and community sector organisations to contribute significantly to tackling Worklessness, and its consequences, by:

Making access to jobs and skills a core requirement of procurement exercises from the outset;

Addressing the real and perceived legal barriers to the use of jobs and skills clauses in procurement exercises;

Providing advice and guidance (including bespoke templates) to help embed a focus on jobs and skills throughout the end-to-end procurement process - from setting strategic priorities to contract implementation and monitoring; and

Sign-posting procurers and prospective contractors to the range of support and advice that can help both parties deliver on the jobs and skills requirements to be delivered.

The Framework 4 Approaches

The framework offers a menu of four specific approaches and detailed supporting information:

Approach 1: Charters:

Public sector organisations share their strategic priorities and goals to address Worklessness with current and prospective contractors, encourage the adoption of good practice and seek to develop new customer-supplier relationships;

Approach 2: Voluntary Agreements:

Public sector organisations work with their existing contractors to secure commitments to specific jobs and skills outcomes, coupled with a range of support for contractors to achieve the specified outcomes. This approach can be used retrospectively with longstanding contractors and in long term contracts;

Approach 3: Use of Contract Clauses:

Public sector organisations include jobs and skills clauses within specific procurement exercises leading to a contractually agreed set of outputs and outcomes;

Approach 4: The Strategic Application of Contract Clauses:

Public sector organisations deliberately adopt a ‘default’ position, which requires clauses specifying jobs and skills requirements to be routinely considered for their relevance to all stages of the commissioning and procurement process followed by monitoring of performance against outputs and outcomes

The Framework Documents

The Framework:

Contains three specific documents for use by organisations, and prospective contractors.

A Summary Guide:

Which provides key information on embedding jobs and skills as core requirements throughout the procurement process, and the issues to be considered when doing so.

A Main Guide:

Containing detailed information on legal and policy matters and the range of employment and training support available to procurers and prospective contractors to help them recruit and train their workforce.

A Toolkit for Stakeholders:

Containing ‘model’ jobs and skills clauses and guidance templates, which can be downloaded and adapted to meet the needs of individual pubic procurers and prospective contractors, including SMEs and Social Enterprises.

Framework Launch:

On 8 March 2010, the Framework was launched at an event attended by over 100 public, private and voluntary and community sector leaders. During the event, Stephen Hughes, Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council, announced the City’s commitment to adopt the Framework. Councillor Neville Summerfield, the City’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, and Adrian Skidmore, Principal Commercial Scheme Sponsor, Network Rail, formally signed the ‘New Street: New Start Jobs and Skills Charter’, drawn entirely from the Framework’s Toolkit for Stakeholders. From July 2010 the Panel will promote the Framework more widely across the West Midlands and to Government.

Further information:

Electronic copies of the Framework documents are available below.


The West Midlands Procurement Framework for Jobs and Skills - Main Guide (Size: 384 Kb Type: PDF )

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The West Midlands Procurement Framework for Jobs and Skills - Summary Guide (Size: 1.70 Mb Type: PDF )

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The West Midlands Procurement Framework for Jobs and Skills - Tool Kit (Size: 374 Kb Type: PDF )

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