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The City of Edinburgh Council commissioning - Edinburgh Blended Employability Service

The City of Edinburgh Council is reviewing the current complex needs employability service, targeted and integrated employability service, and supported employment service. It is investigating the possibility of commissioning a blended employability service which meets Edinburgh’s requirements.

Although the services are linked, each service has its own distinct requirement:

1. Complex Needs Employability:

This service will support those who have complex needs but wish to move towards and into employment. The definition of ‘complex needs’ for the purposes of this service is those who have a history of substance misuse, homelessness, an offending background or those who have suffered complex trauma.

2. Edinburgh Targeted and Integrated Employability Service:

This service will support those facing barriers to employment, in-work poverty and to support clients with income maximisation. With the changing landscape of national employability provision, this needs to be a wrap-around service to national provision and other local provision, with a focus and expertise on local needs and residents.

3. Supported Employment:

The service will ensure a “no wrong door” approach for anybody with a disability or long-term health condition who is looking to secure, sustain and, where appropriate, progress in employment. It will follow the Scottish Government’s five stage Supported Employment framework which promotes equality of access to paid employment. This service also needs to wrap-around national and other local provision.

Procurement and Co-Production:

A Prior Information Notice(this will open in a new window) has now been posted on Public Contracts Scotland to notify the market of the potential contract opportunity and allow interested parties to record an interest. This provides more details on the Blended Employability Service and the three services within it.

Taking into consideration the limits during the Covid-19 pandemic, the City of Edinburgh Council will now be conducting co-production with the Joined Up For Jobs network, stakeholders and other interested parties through online sessions and a survey.

The co-production session with the Joined Up For Jobs network will take place on Wednesday 4 November at 10am using Zoom. If you would like to participate in the session, please email with the name and email of participants that wish to attend. A link to the session will then be sent out a few days before the event. The deadline for requesting a place is Thursday 29 October at 12pm. If you are unable to attend this session, a survey will shortly follow and will be posted on the JUFJ noticeboard.

The Council also plan to provide an opportunity for service users to take part in virtual focus groups. More information will be posted on the JUFJ noticeboard shortly as to how service providers can get involved with this. If you also have other suggestions for how we can ensure full consultation with stakeholders given the current restrictions then please do get in touch.

Closing date

29th October 2020

Ongoing funding


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