The Scottish Government and Fife Council want to create an employability system that is more flexible, joined-up and responsive to the needs of people using services.
No One Left Behind is a new way of working with this in mind. The most important part of the
planning and design process is people.
The challenge is knowing what matters to people when deciding what is important to fund, balancing competing views.
Over the summer, we spoke with - and listened to - hundreds of different people to better understand the best way to use the money available and to improve how services work together.
The insights provided by those with direct personal experience of employability services, in conjunction with Fife Council and third sector partner organisations, resulted in the No-One Left Behind Fife Commissioning Framework.
The No One Left Behind Fife Commissioning Framework
The No One Left Behind Fife Commissioning Framework has officially been launched by Fife Council.
This framework for delivery sets out an approach to co-ordinate and deliver meaningful outcomes across Fife, recognising the need for place-based interventions, specialist services, and support for young people and adults experiencing difficulty gaining employment.
Gordon Mole (Head of Business and Employability at Fife Council, and Chair of the No One Left Behind Fife Working Group) sets out here the details and background of the Commissioning Framework.
How to register as a No One Left Behind Fife delivery organisation
If you are interested in being a provider as part of No One Left Behind Fife, you will need to apply to be on the Fife Council Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) framework. When you become a supplier on this framework, you will be asked to quote for any mini-competitions Fife Council run for the Lots you are registered against.
Visit the Suppliers Area of the Public Contracts Scotland website, and register as a supplier (if you have not already done so)
When registered, apply to join Fife Council's DPS (full instructions are available on that page)
Once completed, Fife Council will receive the application and advise accordingly when you fully set up.
If you are not a registered supplier on this framework, you cannot apply for funding from the No-One Left Behind Fife project.
To ensure you are all set up on this framework, please complete this process by 8th January 2021.
Fife Council intends to run a mini competition in January to identify suppliers required for the above project. Only providers on the framework will be invited to take part in the mini-competition.
No-One Left Behind Fife funding will be substantially guided by a focus on collaboration and partnership working. This includes a strong emphasis on working with third sector partners that are locally relevant and/or have specialist skills that are relevant.
A Third Sector Register of Interest has been established from those third sector organisations who have expressed an interest in supporting No One Left Behind goals by working in partnership.
How did we get here?
From June to August 2020 the No-One Left Behind Team ran a series of 16 online Conversations via Zoom with over 122 participants. 126 people completed the No-One Left Behind Online Survey and posted messages on our Let's Talk About Fife page.
These conversations invited people from all walks of life to help us to understand what people need and want when it comes to employability, and uncovered a wealth of insight to inform what happens next. We included staff, people who use or have used services and those who might want to use services from as many different perspectives as possible.
The findings from these Conversations were shared at a public webinar on 17 November 2020 and further comment has now been shaped into the draft NOLB Fife Commissioning Framwork.