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EMPLOYMENT RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT MINI COMPETITION FOR THE PROVISION OF MANDATORY WORK ACTIVITY

Invitation to Tender Form

CONTRACT PACKAGE AREA TENDER FORM CPA 7 NORTH WEST

Tender Round title: Organisation Name: CPA:

Mandatory Work Activity JHP Group Ltd CPA7 NORTH WEST

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PART 1: ORGANISATION DETAILS


[1.1] Your response to Part 1 is for information purposes only. If any of this information has changed since the Framework Agreement application stage, please state this within the table below including a short explanation as to why. If you cannot provide any of the information below please explain this within the table. DWP will not be responsible for contacting anyone other than the persons named in this part of your form. If any of this information changes during the bidding period you must inform DWP of the changes by email to: CDSOURCING.LONDONHQ@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK Name of the Legal Entity in whose name this tender is submitted and with whom DWP will contract: Trading Name (if different from above): Company Registration Number: Company Registered address: JHP Group Limited

Not Applicable 01729661 Unit 3 Riverstone Court, Siskin Drive, Middlemarch Business Park, Coventry, United Kingdom, CV3 4FJ. Not Applicable 753570718 www.jhp-group.com Hamsard 3191 Ltd Unit 3 Riverstone Court, Siskin Drive, Middlemarch Business Park, Coventry, United Kingdom, CV3 4FJ. 07038442 Redacted Redacted Redacted Redacted Redacted Redacted Redacted Redacted Redacted Redacted

Head Office Address, if different: VAT Registration Number: Website Address (if any): Name, address and company registration number of parent company, where applicable:

Name and Job Title of main contact: Address: Telephone no: Mobile telephone no: Fax no: E-mail address: Alternative contact Name and Job Title: Address (if different from above): Telephone no: Mobile telephone no:
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Contact e-mail:

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PART 2: TENDERER DECLARATION


[2.1] You must complete this Declaration by Tenderer. Failure to include this declaration may result in your bid being disqualified. To: The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

For the benefit of the Department for Work and Pensions, we hereby warrant and undertake as follows: 1. We have examined, read, understand and accept in full the proposed Contract documents and all other documents and Annexes provided with this declaration and the clarifications issued during the Invitation to Tender period. 2. We have completed and submitted all information required in the Invitation to Tender Form in the format and order required. 3. We confirm the information set out in our response is complete and accurate to the best of our knowledge and belief. 4. We hereby acknowledge and agree that we have read, understand and accept Mandatory Work Activity Call-Off Terms and Conditions, Mandatory Work Activity Specification and the draft Order Form.

Scanned Signature: 25th February 2011 Redacted Name: Redacted Job Title:

Date:

Duly authorised to sign Tenders on behalf of:

Name of Organisation

JHP Group Limited

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PART 3: MANDATORY WORK ACTIVITY CALL-OFF CONTRACT TERMS AND CONDITIONS - ALTERNATIVE AND/OR ADDITIONAL CLAUSES
[3.1] 3.1 The terms and conditions of Mandatory Work Activity will be the Standard Call-Off Terms and Conditions (set out in Schedule 4 of your Framework Agreement), as modified by Mandatory Work Activity service requirements (Mandatory Work Activity Additional Requirements). Mandatory Work Activity Additional Requirements are set out in the Call-Off Terms and Conditions for Mandatory Work Activity which is supplied with your Invitation to Tender. A document highlighting the modifications made to the Standard Call-Off Terms and Conditions to reflect Mandatory Work Activity Additional Requirements will be issued by Friday 18 February; for ease of identification, the changes made since the draft version issued on 8 December 2010 are shown in boxes within the document. Any proposed amendments to Mandatory Work Activity Additional Requirement must be detailed by completing the section below, giving full details of the clause(s)/Appendix you wish to amend and your proposed amendments. DWP will consider proposed amendments strictly on their merits. Please note that you may only propose amendments to Mandatory Work Activity Additional Requirements; proposed amendments to the Standard Call-Off Contract Terms and Conditions will not be considered.

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Comments on Mandatory Work Activity Additional Requirements: Redacted Other than those provisions identified above, [JHP Group Limited] confirms that it has reviewed the Call-Off Terms and Conditions for Mandatory Work Activity and agrees in principle to each of their provisions.

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Redacted Name: Redacted Scanned Signature: Redacted Position: Redacted Telephone No: Date: 25th February 2011

DWP reserves the right to amend any provisions of Mandatory Work Activity Additional Requirements at any time during the mini-competition procurement exercise.

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[4.1] Customer Journey - Process

Please describe the end-to-end customer journey through your MWA proposal for this CPA. Your response should include: your process to ensure that the customer will commence placement within 10 working days of the referral by Jobcentre Plus.

an explanation of how you will ensure that a customer completes the four week placement; Confirmation that you will issue a completer certificate when a customer successfully completes placement, and when you will issue this certificate

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RESTRICTED COMMERCIAL IN CONFIDENCE 4.1 - JHPs Mandatory Work Activity (MWA) customer journey is underpinned by three guiding principles: 1) to reinforce to each customer their job seeking responsibilities associated with claiming JSA 2) to provide job seekers with the disciplines associated with employment and an opportunity to make a contribution to their community 3) to equip customers to maximise their jobsearch and back into work activity. Referral and Engagement We will make it a priority that each customer can start MWA as soon as possible through a choice of contact mechanisms: a free phone 0800 number, online or at one of our 14delivery locations across the North West. PRaP Administrators will acknowledge each PRaP referral within 24 hours of receipt and our centralised team of Customer Service Advisors (CSA) will contact all customers within 2 working days of the referral being received. The CSA will verify the details of the referral and arrange an Initial Interview for each customer with a Community Placement Officer (CPO). Initial Interview: The customer will meet their CPO at a location convenient to the customer (either via our centres, outreach sites or peripatetically) or by telephone to engage them onto the programme. This initial engagement interview will: provide the customer with an overview of JHPs MWA service identify any work easement agreed as part of their Jobseekers Agreement agree and assign the customer to the most appropriate placement establish clear lines of communication between the CPO and customer for the duration of their MWA ensure the customer has a clear understanding of their responsibilities whilst participating on the provision fully explain the consequence of failure to start, attend, or complete MWA The initial interview will be followed up by a formal notification letter sent to each customer to attend MWA, using the DWP notification template. Where customers fail to respond to engagement activity we will inform JCP promptly via PRaP, completing the DMA stencil as required. Health & Safety Induction and Start Induction will form Day 1 of all MWA placements. CPOs will ensure all required Health and Safety arrangements are put in place prior to placement start e.g. PPE, tools, risk assessments and assist the placement provider to perform induction. Induction arrangements will be detailed in a checklist and include: Attendance and behaviour standards Monitoring reviews Introduction to Supervisor/Mentor and Arrangements for childcare and travel colleagues expenses Premises tour and introduction to their Placement Administration e.g. placement role (including equipment) Timesheets, Procedures, Handbooks Health and Safety e.g. Policy, Fire How to Contact Community Placement alarms and exits, First Aiders Officers MWA Placements CPOs and CSAs will source and provide a broad range of work experience placements to improve customers employability, provide work related skills and offer benefit to the local and/or wider community. Placements available across the North West will include: Environmental - Community Wellbeing - Regeneration - Economic Development - Enterprise - Community Cohesion Short term capacity building for third sector - Arts, Culture & Heritage Evidence: Organisations who will supply placements in North West include: The Salvation Army, Oxfam, ASDA/B&Q (for community projects), Cancer Research. The Light House Project, Furniture Re-use Network, Action for Blind People, Advance, Scope, pluss, Pure Innovations Ltd, Mencap, Mind, United Response, Leonard
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RESTRICTED COMMERCIAL IN CONFIDENCE 4.1 continued - Cheshire Disability. During the customers time on placement, CPOs will be available to the customer for ongoing support. Each customer will be allocated an initial 1 hour of 1:1 support time with their named CPO per week. This will ensure that any issues are raised, resolved and the placement is sustained. Customers will be required to complete daily timesheets which will be countersigned by the placement provider and collected by JHP. Where customers fail to start or complete MWA, we will inform JCP promptly via PRaP, completing the DMA stencil as required. Feedback Form / Completers Certificate and Reference At the end of the placement, or when the customer leaves the placement (e.g. to enter employment), the CPO will conduct a 1:1 exit review, producing an exit report and completers certificate. The exit review will include: assessing distance travelled on placement (e.g. new skills) identifying and planning next steps, work and career plans, next stages of back to work activity customer feedback on the services received and placement information, advice and guidance We will complete a JCP Feedback Form, including comments and feedback from the placement provider. The Feedback Form will evidence customer performance and attendance on their placement. We will complete a Feedback Form each time a customer leaves MWA. All Feedback Forms will be sent to JCP within 10 working days of the customer leaving MWA. Customers completing their placement will be issued with a Completers Certificate and a Placement Reference for use in future job applications. Ensuring customers start within 10 days of referral Our commitment to deliver this level of service is underpinned by: 1) An enhanced engagement process: via our Customer Engagement Centre which operates an automated centralised diary system for initial interview appointments across the North West. We will accommodate 70% of all initial interviews within 5 working days of referral and 100% within 7 days, allowing a minimum of 3 days in which to take corrective engagement action should the customer not respond. 2) Access to placements from day one: We already have well established links with placement providers in each sub-region and have access to over 1,500 placements each year. This means we can immediately match customers to our bank of placements ensuring they start within 10 days of referral: they wont have to wait for us to source placements. Evidence: Across North West over the last 12 months we have provided 1,500 placements with a 80% retention rate Ensuring Customers complete four weeks MWA We will provide each customer with appropriate placements which include the following factors to ensure full MWA completion; Providing robust compliance mechanisms: We will monitor attendance via timesheets, daily emails to/from placement providers and make calls direct to customers to follow up initial engagement activity, initial interviews, induction, placement activity and exit. Caseload Management: Our staffing structure provides caseloads of 1:20 which will allow all customers to receive 1:1 support from CPOs throughout their placement. This will also allow CPOs to develop strong relationships with placement providers to ensure any issues are raised promptly and provides a platform for their resolution to enable customers to complete their placement. Ease of Access: placements will be within easy reach using public or provider transport e.g. Groundwork mini buses. Where required placement attendance will be based around personal circumstances e.g. caring commitments.
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PART 5:

SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

[5.1] Delivery Strategy

Please describe in detail your delivery structure for all elements of Mandatory Work Activity provision across this CPA, in terms of overall percentage of delivery and geographical coverage, and explain why you consider your delivery strategy to be the best approach for customers in this CPA. If delivering of the Service includes by sub-contracting complete the following information: State clearly how you intend to work with your sub-contractors and describe how you will ensure the needs of the customers in this CPA are fully addressed from within your supply chain. Please also complete Annex 1 (Sub-contractor Declaration) for your proposed subcontractors as appropriate. Insert your response in the pre-set, shaded space of the following pages. Your response MUST be limited to 2 sides of A4.

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5.1 - JHP Delivery Strategy in the North West JHP has developed a fit for purpose 100% direct delivery strategy to meet the needs and challenges of the North West by playing to the strengths of JHP and our existing staffing, stakeholder, placement providers and premises infrastructure. Our approach will ensure that JHP has in place a strong network of organisations with the required capacity to offer community based placements for the full four year cycle. The flexibility of our delivery approach will enable our strategy to evolve over the lifetime of the contract to meet needs of the North West in 2015 and beyond. Direct delivery JHP will directly deliver 100% of MWA volumes throughout the North West including: Cumbria and Lancashire, Merseyside, Halton, Greater Manchester and Cheshire and Warrington. Rationale: We have over 27 years local experience, working with 2,000+ employers, across 14 offices, extensive outreach infrastructure and 200 local staff. JHP are an established provider in the North West and currently deliver around 1,500 4-week work placements annually (80% completion rate) through FND (Mandatory Work Related Activity stream), Work Focussed Training, Routes Into Work, and Response to Redundancy. Our 27 years delivery experience, consistently above-benchmark achievement rates and internal management structure and systems ensures we are well placed to successfully deliver Mandatory Work Activity (MWA) across the region. We are an existing subcontract provider of Community Task Force and currently deliver Mandatory Work Related Activity as part of our FND subcontract with Serco in the North West, giving us access to a range of expertise and a pool of local employers and 3 rd sector community based organisations positioned to provide ongoing placements throughout the duration of MWA. Our direct delivery approach provides: Capacity and capability to withstand significant volume fluctuations over contract lifetime utilising existing, available infrastructures Close management of delivery starts from day one Knowledge of available placement opportunities Value for Money Consistent contact with existing strategic stakeholders and placement organisations to develop ongoing relationships and solutions to growth sectors JHP have long-standing, multiple links with over 2,000 private, public and community based employers. We are therefore able to access placement opportunities across a range of sectors in a variety of roles that benefit the wider community, e.g. The Light House Project, Age Concern, B&Q and Superdrug. Evidence: JHP have held individual meetings with [Redacted] of New Economy Manchester and 12 LAs across the North West to identify areas of join up for MWA e.g. work placement opportunities. In agreement we have committed to ensure that MWA customers will be offered work placements across the LAs. The best strategy for customers in the North West Our strategy across the North West is based upon consultation with local staff and analysis of geography, target group demographics, delivery activity risk, quality and variety. Weve also consulted existing partners (our prime FND contractor Serco) and stakeholders (Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA), Liverpool City Region)) to develop solutions to new and long standing issues and meet the needs of customers across the region.
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RESTRICTED COMMERCIAL IN CONFIDENCE 5.1 continued Full Geographical Coverage: There are remote areas in Cheshire West & Chester with poor transport links. Around 50% of households have no access to a car in some areas (Blacon Lodge, Newton St Michaels wards). This will create significant accessibility issues for engaging with customers and allocating suitable placements within reasonable commute distance Solution: Our offer of remote engagement and transport funding when on placement to reduce the burden of sourcing transport and our existing links with over 2,000 local employers across the North West to offer placements in more rural locations. Deprivation and disadvantage Manchester (Moss Side), Salford (Broughton) and Warrington (Bewsey and Whitecross) have some of the most deprived wards in the North West and will typically see larger volumes of JSA claimants referred to MWA Solution: We will utilise local authority knowledge and community delivery premises in the most deprived areas to respond effectively to large volumes and customer needs, e.g. Lindley Avenue, Warrington, and offer placements that contribute toward community as well as personal development. Sourcing accessible placements: Rural areas characterised with low employment opportunities and long commute times, e.g. in Cumbria the towns of Carlisle, Barrow, Workington/Whitehaven and Kendal are large employment hubs. Due to long travel distances between the towns and poor transport links, employment is centralised to small local towns; limiting opportunities to locate suitable placements Solution: Work with local employers and communities to develop a range of flexible work placements in the locality across different sectors. Reduce barriers to access through peripatetic delivery, remote engagement and innovative solutions such as Wheels to Work. Responding to economic growth challenges: Post recession the North West has seen a decline in the Manufacturing sector. This has been offset by growth in the service sector and there are now evident skills gaps Solution: We will maintain communication with Local Enterprise Partnerships, Chambers of Commerce and Work & Skills Partnerships to ensure we are offering placement solutions that meet the changing needs of local employers and assist in developing a skilled workforce that can responds to emerging growth sectors. Addressing specialist needs: We understand the broad geographic spread in the North West poses varying demographic issues e.g. BME concentrations in Bolton and Oldham and lone parents in deprived Liverpool wards Pirrie and Anfield. Solution: Integrate into local communities and build on existing relationships with over 100 community organisations and childcare providers to enable the completion of placements. We will also operate flexible working hours to benefit those with childcare/care responsibilities. Working with JCP and placement providers JHP believe that the key elements to maintaining successful relationships with placement providers are: 1) Information 2) Consultation 3) Deciding together 4) Acting together and 5) Supporting each other. To facilitate this open and collaborative approach we will integrate MWA into our existing strategic steering groups in the CPA. This includes representatives from key stakeholders including JCP and meets every month to review performance, promote collaborative working, continuous improvement, best practice sharing and joint development opportunities. Evidence: Currently hold a bi-monthly stakeholders steering group for all current relationships, where feedback is communicated and best practice is shared.

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RESTRICTED COMMERCIAL IN CONFIDENCE [5.2] Management Structure Please provide: A description of the proposed management structure for this CPA and how the required management skills and expertise, including working with local stakeholders, have been identified and will be delivered. You should also include a description of associated responsibilities and reporting lines ; A description of how you will work with the management teams of any supply chain organisations and key delivery partners; and An explanation why your management structure is appropriate for Mandatory Work Activity within this CPA.

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5.2 - JHP has designed a management structure combining the best of our existing management structures, with the introduction of new Mandatory Work Activity Programme (MWA) specific roles and reporting lines required to deliver our MWA solution. Our senior management structure has been developed with the following aims: To take advantage of our integrated employment and skills offer (our Chief Operating Officer will have management responsibility for both Divisions) To provide value for money and integration with other JHP Employability programmes in the North West To provide clear leadership for each MWA contract that JHP are awarded JHPs existing middle management tier is regionally based and is already very strong and is capable of subsuming significant MWA contract growth. The team are all experienced employability practitioners with several years experience each of implementing and running prime DWP contracts. Our independent audit function will monitor internal and external delivery, reporting directly to our Group Executive Board. Management roles and responsibilities in delivering MWA contracts have been identified using the following methodologies: Analysing MWA solution requirements: Aligning management expertise with frontline roles and outcomes e.g. Performance Managers leading a team of Community Placement Officers, focussed on community benefit placements Benchmarking best practice within JHP: We have scrutinised our top performing managers to identify the skills, qualities and experience which drive success Utilising our position as HR Chair of ERSA: Consulting with the best in the industry to understand industry standard skills and expertise This process has created the following job roles (and responsibilities) COO: Redacted sits on JHPs Executive team and is accountable for business wide operations including MWA. Divisional Director (DD): Reporting to Redacted , the DD will be accountable for MWA performance and delivery across the UK. Lead JHP representation in the industry and with DWP. Skills required: Managing multi-million public service contracts; multi tiered networking; relationship management; welfare to work experience essential. Operations Director (OD): The OD will be responsible for the MWA in the North West, line managing 0.66 FTE Performance Managers. Lead on strategic stakeholder relations e.g. Local Authorities. Skills required: Large, complex contract management; strategic stakeholder engagement; supply chain management experience; welfare to work experience desirable. Delivery: Our OD structure is already in place with staff with the appropriate skills and expertise. Performance Manager (PfM): Responsible for delivery for a specific geography e.g. Merseyside including, customer service, contract compliance and dispute resolution. Line management of Team Leaders. Local interface with JCP teams e.g. maximising referrals and collaborative employer engagement. Skills required: Multi-site management; performance management; stakeholder engagement; welfare to work experience essential. Team Leader (TL): Responsible for managing delivery, performance and frontline teams across single or multiple delivery sites e.g. Wigan, plus outreach. Accountable for customer experience, performance KPIs and stakeholder engagement in the locality. Skills required: Operational management skills; quality driven; trouble shooter; motivational leadership; stakeholder engagement; welfare to work essential MI/Data Manager (DM): Responsible for managing internal and external (e.g. NOMIS) MI, producing accurate and timely reports for local operational teams to shape and improve service delivery. Skills required: statistical analysis; report production; advanced IT skills.
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RESTRICTED COMMERCIAL IN CONFIDENCE 5.2 continued Customer Services Manager (CSM): Report directly to the OD, CSMs will manage the admin function and is responsible for all administration activity across the North West. Skills required: Team leadership; organisational and interpersonal skills. Working with Placement Provider Management Teams: JHP offers DWP a track record in developing strong relationships with placement provider management teams via our Jobcentre Plus Support Contract, Community Task Force and Response to Redundancy delivery. We will manage these placement providers according to our supply chain management processes. Our Supplier Relationship Management Manual provides a management and governance framework (including scheduling formal communications, data reporting plans and health and safety risk assessments) which will be subject to audit. PMs will be the single point of contact for placement providers, responsible for contractual and performance management. We will set a range of standard expectations which we expect management teams to work with us on including: 1) best practice sharing; 2) employer engagement; 3) stakeholder networks; 4) continuous improvement and 5) local labour market intelligence. We will also outline how placement providers can hold our management team accountable for the responsibilities we have as a prime such as customer PPE, travel and childcare costs. PMs will manage this through regular contact with local management teams and a monthly performance digest. Where appropriate we will work with placement provider management teams in different ways to improve capacity including audit and review of operational processes and procedures via our business improvement team; parachuting in experts e.g. HR or Admin champions from JHP. Why our Management Structure is Appropriate in the North West JHPs management structure has been designed to best manage large geographical areas like the North West via: Clarity through management of direct delivery Clear identification and demarcation of the predominantly client facing roles and predominantly employer engagement roles Ensuring sufficient management responsibility of geographic regions Assigning specific management and roles in central support services to ensure excellent support service delivery Discrete geographies: The North West covers 45 different local authority areas across 5,385 sq miles. To effectively manage services at this scale, we have identified 5 discrete geographies that will be led by separate TLs reporting into the CPA wide PfM. This will ensure we balance an overarching approach and leadership whilst providing sufficient management resource to lead reasonable sized geographies e.g. Greater Manchester. Local managers, local knowledge, local service: We will have in place a Performance Manager to lead delivery across over 80 fixed delivery and outreach sites, supported by 2 Team Leaders. This next line of management has been part of our internal succession process in the North West - developing strong management teams, with in-depth knowledge of the locality and its customer groups. Giving them the autonomy to flex delivery on the ground will ensure we deliver services that meet local need. Economies of scale: Due to the scale of delivery across the North West we have put in place robust and scalable solutions including a North West wide Administration Team and cross cutting roles across multiple contracts. Our approach will ensure we drive efficiencies and value for money whilst maintaining consistently high quality provision across the North West.
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RESTRICTED COMMERCIAL IN CONFIDENCE [5.3] Management of Delivery Please clearly describe: How you and your supply chain will manage and monitor the quality of delivery of Mandatory Work Activity to ensure that the whole provision within this CPA is of a consistently high standard and meets the Service requirements; Your approach to performance improvement activities for your supply chain as a whole, outlining how you and your supply chain will act on the findings of any monitoring activity including the resolution of issues from within your own supply chain, partners or other bodies.

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5.3 Our continuous improvement cycle ensures that all quality and business planning activity informs our quality assurance which in-turn informs quality improvement and further quality and business planning in an ongoing cyclical process. Quality Assurance We will manage and monitor the quality of MWA provision through a MWA Business Improvement Strategy to ensure that all activity and placement offers across the North West are of a consistently high standard and meet service requirements. Our strategy includes a 3 pronged approached to quality assurance as follows: 1) Quantitative Monitoring: measuring quality through data and information KPIs including Referrals to Starts, Engagement Activity duration, Induction, Placements, Completers and Leavers will be carefully scrutinised. These targets will be further broken down by placement source and placement type to allow a rigorous analysis of where placements are coming from, what Engagement Activity works and types of placements we are being successful with. Through KPI measures we will ensure the transfer of information between JHP, JCP and placement sources is accurate and timely. KPI targets will be shared with delivery staff, so that all staff will be able to recognise and own targets that contribute to overall KPIs. KPIs will be available realtime via our Digital Dashboard and all delivery staff will be able to access the information and review performance against target. Wherever possible any data will be benchmarked against any nationally published MWA performance levels. 2) Qualitative Monitoring: assessing how services are being delivered Delivery Standards will be developed for all Engagement and Induction Activity e.g. level of support needed, delivery materials, and most importantly how a customer should benefit from a session to match the most suitable placement opportunities. JHP will assess all customer facing staff and materials as a minimum 3 times per year) against these standards and will formally grade staff on a scale of 1 to 4 (1=Excellent, 2=Good, 3=Satisfactory, 4=Unsatisfactory). Observations will be unannounced and be conducted by trained staff. Outcomes from our extensive feedback mechanisms will also be collated and assessed as part of our qualitative monitoring. All external communication with JCP, placement sources and customers will be carefully monitored to ensure we communicate and store quality information (e.g. feedback forms). 3) Audit: ensuring compliance with procedures and processes All processes and systems developed by JHP for use in MWA will be built with a clear compliance and review mechanism. Our Business Improvement team (BIT) will perform quality audits of internal and placement provider services. We will audit all procedures and processes to ensure that there is compliance against documented procedures and processes, with shared feedback for both JHP and placement providers. Wherever possible, we will build self validation and consistency checks into software systems to ensure that errors are not allowed. A rolling Audit Schedule will be devised with the perceived risk of each procedure and process in mind; prioritising parts of delivery where we have heightened concerns. MWA audits will be led by quality professionals from the BIT. Our software systems will also provide Exception Reports that will provide an analysis of discrepancies and data patterns that indicate areas of concern. All key procedures and processes will be audited annually as a minimum for all sites and more frequently where required. Managing Quality All staff will have real-time access to the Digital Dashboard to actively monitor quality. Performance Managers will take management responsibility for the quality of provision
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RESTRICTED COMMERCIAL IN CONFIDENCE 5.3 continued - on a daily basis and act upon trends and patterns as they emerge. Performance Managers will hold monthly Quality Review Meetings to appraise the Qualitative, Quantitative and Audit outcomes in the previous period. There will also be a continuous Self Assessment Process that culminates in an annual Self Assessment and Development Plan. Where quality assurance identifies areas of performance below required standards this is dealt with under our Quality Improvement processes. Performance Improvement Performance and quality is a feature of all management activity, both internally and across our placement providers (where appropriate) and include the following formal processes:Traffic Light system identifying and grading levels of performance All performance is monitored via a Traffic Light system (Red-below target, Amberon target, Greenabove target). To ensure there is no slip to Red, continued Amber performance, results in an immediate remedial action plan to rectify the issue. Actual delivery is reconciled to the agreed contract profile monthly, ensuring effective management of placement targets and objectives, i.e. achievement of starts on placement within 10 days of referral. Continual Red performance (e.g. below target completers to referrals) results in an enhanced action plan with monitoring and support, with weekly discussions of the plan. Evidence: Introducing measures such as retraining staff to improve record keeping and process compliance moved our Red banded performing JCPSC delivery to Green performance within three months Target setting managing SMART targets to provide better placements All KPIs will be cascaded down to individuals who will have SMART targets, set annually and reviewed monthly in 1-2-1 sessions and appraisals with their line manager (as part of JHPs Performance Management framework). Targets will exceed the contractual requirement, building in performance improvement at individual staff level. Staff failing to meet individual performance targets will be taken through JHPs Performance Management process. Staff Development improving performance through our people JHP recognise the importance our staff play in delivering high quality service to source appropriate placement opportunities. We will develop our staff to remedy poor performance and improve the overall level of skills and knowledge of our staff. Staff Development will take place via 1-2-1 Manager and Staff sessions, Self Assessment, Staff Observations and Traffic Light grading review and action. Staff Observations 3 grades of 4 will result in staff dismissal Any member of staff who has been observed delivering to customers 3 times and has received 3 grades of unsatisfactory after targeted support and development will be dismissed. Any non-staff resource / input that is graded as unsatisfactory will be immediately withdrawn and only re-introduced when approved by the BIT. Self Assessment - Development Plan The Self Assessment process will create a Development Plan. This is a key document to deliver performance improvement across all MWA delivery. Additional Performance Improvement Measures adding value Ensuring any best practice is captured and shared across our staff. This will be driven by ODs and via MWA specific steering groups We will explore the use of peer mentoring to review the quality of our MWA activity and vice versa including DWP Prime Providers Ongoing, open dialogue and collaboration with JCP will be critical to the success of any MWA and to achieve continuous quality improvement

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RESTRICTED COMMERCIAL IN CONFIDENCE [5.4] Delivery Locations Please provide details of where and how you and your supply chain will undertake the initial customer interview to ensure full geographical coverage of provision for the delivery of Mandatory Work Activity within this CPA.

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5.4 - Initial Customer Interview: JHP will utilise a multi - faceted approach to engaging with customers and completing initial customer interviews, to ensure that customers start their activity within 10 days of referral. On referral we will contact each customer by telephone and in writing to provide formal notification that they will be participating on the Mandatory Work Activity programme. This notification will ask the customer to contact us through either our freephone number, online portal or to visit us at one of our 12 North West Hub delivery sites. Once engaged we will arrange a mutually convenient date, time and location for the initial interview, which will be completed on a 1:1 basis with a Community Placement Officers (CPO) either face to face or by telephone. Full Geographical Coverage: Full geographical coverage will be achieved through the use of a mix of permanent Hub and Outreach delivery centres which will ensure our customers are able to access this provision near their homes (e.g. a customer from Penrith will engage with a CPO in Penrith and will not have to travel to Carlisle). Staff based at these sites will have a diverse range of placement opportunities which customers can complete. These initial interview sites are as follows: Hub centres are situated in densely populated areas with high customer volumes, good transport links and close proximity to JCP offices e.g. Manchester, Liverpool and Wigan. Our Hubs are located across the North West in the following locations: Greater Manchester - 4th Floor, Boulton House, 17/21 Chorlton Street, Manchester, M1 3HY; Henry Square, Old Street, Ashton Under Lyne, OL6 7SR; Wigan Investment Centre, Waterside Drive, Wigan, WN3 5BA; 2 nd Floor, Hampton House, Oldham Road, Middleton, M24 1GT Cheshire & Warrington we will deliver from existing supply chain premises including: Cheshire East: Cheshire Training: 3 Chester Bridge, Crewe, CW2 7EF; 2nd Floor Pickford St Mill, Pickford St Macclesfield SK11 6JB Cheshire West Cheshire Training: 106-112 Whitby Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0EL Blacon Community Trust, Dee Point Centre, Blacon Point Road, Chester, CH1 5NF Warrington: Warrington Collegiate Winwick Road campus, Winwick Road, Warrington, WA2 8QA; Remploy Gateway Centre, 85-101 Sankey Street, Warrington, WA1 1SR Merseyside & Halton - 4th Floor, Union Court, Cook Street, Liverpool, L2 4SJ; 6 Tiger Court, Kings Business Park, Kings Drive, Knowsley; Cumbria - 2nd Floor, College House, Howard Street, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 1NB; 4th Floor, Broadacre House, Lowther Street, Carlisle, CA3 0LJ; 71A Strickland Gate, Kendal, LA9 4LT; 34 Lowther Street, Whitehaven, CA28 7JS Lancashire - 2-3 WInckley Court, Chapel Street, Preston, PR1 8BU; Outreach centres provide doorstep delivery for customers that reside in specific communities, where local community based delivery is more appropriate. Outreach centres will handle small volumes of customers and provide flexibility to respond to the needs of specific customer groups e.g. flexible hours for lone parents. Outlined below are illustrative examples where outreach will be critical in servicing customers in local communities. Greater Manchester - Greenleach Lane, Worsley, M28 2QW; 8 Market Street, Leigh, WN7 1DS; Royal Oak Community Hub, Wythenshawe; 12 Silverwell Street, Bolton, BL1 Cheshire & Warrington - 86 Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2HT; Breedon House, Eddleston Road, Crewe, CW2 7EA; Sovereign Court, King Edward Street, Macclesfield, SK10 1AF Merseyside & Halton - 10 Church Street, Prescot, L34 3LA ; 193 Newton Road, Parr Street, St Helens, WA9 2JR ; 291-299 Kinesington Road, Kensington, L34 3LA Cumbria 2 Sandgate, Penrith, CA11 7TP ; Ellenfoot Drive, Hillside, Maryport ; The Square, Cleator Moor, CA25 5AP ; Lapton Road, Millom, LA18 4LP Lancashire Gladstone Street, Bacup, OL13 9JZ ; Croft Street, Burnley, BB11 2ED; The Citadel, Market Place, Colne, BB8 0HY ; 61/63 Every Street, Nelson, BB9 7LT
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5.5 JHP understands that over the lifetime of the contract for Mandatory Activity Work (MWA), there will be fluctuations in customer numbers. We have significant experience of handling peaks and troughs in customer volumes, as well as managing more sustained shifts in volumes. Evidence: As a subcontractor for STUK on FND, JHP were able to provide a rapid response to peak referrals of 400% of those anticipated at contract start. JHP will proactively discuss with JCP the forecast of flows, allowing us to make plans and ensure resource and infrastructure requirements are appropriate to deliver our expected levels of performance. We have considered, within the fours years of MWA, there maybe short term fluctuations (up to 10% increase/decrease for less than three months) and long term fluctuations (more than a 10% increase/decrease, sustained smaller increases/decreases for more than three months or a significant market shift or policy change). Minimum Performance Levels will be maintained by 1) addressing any short term dips through our quality management processes (all dips below minimum level for a short period will be redressed within a 2-3month period) 2) build in natural tolerance levels by creating targets significantly higher than minimum performance levels 3) decrease in volumes will increase customer to staff ratio, providing a positive impact on performance levels 4) peripatetic working arrangements via mobile ICT capabilities to mobilise delivery staff; our national compact with the Salvation Army which allows us access to any one of their premises to accommodate overflow volumes 5) accelerated recruitment processes, maintenance of Talent Pool of pre-approved candidates, established relationships with employment agencies 6) database of suppliers and partner network providing scalability, flexibility and responsiveness 7) full evaluation of existing capacity thresholds at start date (personnel, resources, premises) 8) use of robust procedures for staff leave and notice requirements to proactively avoid inadvertent staff shortages at peak times, leave to be taken in quiet periods 9) flexible workforce ethos with, dual roles, secondment to other contracts, retraining, self employed resource pool, fixed term/annualised hour/time off in lieu contract options. Policy Change/New Customer Groups: JHP delivery: We can expand MWA delivery, in most centres by up to 20% above normal levels. Our properties have flexibility to expand e.g. vacant floor space which can be altered to accommodate customers for initial interview and induction. We will be able to call on our reserve list of preferred providers to absorb additional placements We have kept Community placement Officer to customer ratios at 1:20 to allow for increases in volumes. Contracting Volumes: We will respond by a) Reducing Staff: Approximately 20% of staff will be on flexible contracts and we will have the capacity to redeploy a proportion of staff numbers to existing contracts within the North West, such as Apprenticeship delivery. In order to effectively redeploy these staff, we will use our Virtual Academy to up-skill displaced staff with A1 Assessors qualifications b) Downscaling premises: Via flexible arrangements with landlords (e.g. break clauses), and sharing of premises with partners/work based learning staff.

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5.6 - Ensuring high quality provision in the North West JHP sets ambitious standards based on industry recognised best practice, vigorously monitoring and regularly auditing these standards. JHPs approach to Mandatory Work Activity (MWA) delivery is that every customer should have an individualised customer journey to meet their needs. Our monitoring and evaluation processes focus on achieving this goal. Evaluating and monitoring quality of MWA provision We will assess key features and stages of the MWA provision to ensure it meets the needs of our customers. We will do this through direct feedback and assessing outcome indicators which evidence that customer needs are being met. Direct Feedback Methods engaging customers to monitor and evaluate Observation: Community Placement Officers (CPOs) will be regularly observed to evaluate delivery against performance and quality standards. Observations will focus on the impact of staff delivery to customers e.g. did they feel that they developed new skills and knowledge as a result of the placement; were my choices and opinions taken into consideration; was the session motivational? and the key question do they feel more likely to complete their placement as a result of the input? Customer views will be gained on these issues during each staff observation, both from group feedback and individual customer feedback Focus Groups: We will host focus groups of customers, chaired by a non-delivery staff from within the North West and outside the region. The focus groups will be an opportunity for customers to raise issues about the customer experience in a safe and non-identifiable setting, allowing for further development of our customer offer Other Feedback: As detailed later on, we have extensive feedback and complaints mechanisms for customers to inform JHP of the quality of their experience Outcome measures indicating whether outcomes meet customer needs Performance: We will evaluate Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) through weekly MI reports, most notably referrals to starts and completed job placements, to evaluate our impact in meeting customer needs Effectiveness: We will review the impact of engagement activity, induction and placement support in meeting customer needs by evaluating placement completion and how they are rated by the customer Customer Audits: We will complete audits to ensure the customer journey is being effectively delivered, customers are attending, completing placement activities and that this activity is having a positive effect on their aspirations of progressing Capturing customer feedback JHP believes that our customers views are of key importance in the design of our services and we will pro-actively secure customer feedback, the methods used include: JHPs customer care line enabling anonymous feedback and discussion Verbal feedback to CPOs at regular 1 to 1 reviews Suggestion boxes to share views in confidence, plus on-line feedback mechanism Customer surveys available on line from day 1, including in-work questionnaires (2weekly intervals) when customers move into placements CPOs will maintain dialogue with customers once they are engaged in MWA and employer/placement feedback is obtained on a bi-monthly basis. All feedback is recorded and analysed to provide trend reports for our delivery centres and Executive Board on a monthly basis. Our Managers actively respond to and share outcomes with customers through our You said we did feedback posters, located in communal spaces and through our weekly MI reports. All information about how customers can feedback to us is displayed in our centres and explained to every customer when they first start in programme at their induction.
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RESOURCES

[6.1] Staff Resources Staffing Numbers, Job Titles and Roles Please provide: Details of the number of staff, shown as full time equivalents, including job title and key roles you and your supply chain propose to employ to manage and deliver Mandatory Work Activity for this CPA. a description of why you consider this staffing level is appropriate for this CPA at contract start date, together with details as to how you will manage the staffing levels as customer volumes rise and fall over the lifetime of the contract. a detailed description of the number of staff to be drawn from o current resources, o those to be recruited by both your organisation and any supply chain organisations involved.

Details of how you have identified the skills required by staff in your organisation, and your sub-contractors, to deliver the service you have proposed at Section 4. Details of how you will acquire staff with these skills. A resource plan should be provided (attach as Annex 3) showing how staffing, by full time equivalent and job title/role, will be allocated across this CPA and a description of the job roles of staff shown in Annex . Insert your response in the pre-set, shaded space of the following pages. Your response MUST be limited to 2 sides of A4. Note: Format requirement and page limit does not apply to the resource plan which you must insert as Annex 3.

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PART 7:

STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT]

[7.1] Local Stakeholders Please describe in detail, in relation to this CPA how you and your supply chain will engage with local Partners, voluntary sector organisations and employers to ensure effective on-going relationships with them throughout the life of the contract. Insert your response in the pre-set, shaded space of the following pages. Your response MUST be limited to 2 sides of A4.

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7.1 - JHP currently engage and work with over 40 key stakeholders and 2,000 employers including public and voluntary agencies across the North West region. Strong local examples of key stakeholders we work with to create work placements that are of benefit to the community and the customer are the local authorities in the North West such as Salford City Council , the voluntary sector such as the Salvation Army, public agencies such as The Forestry Commission, social housing landlords such as Contour Housing, local social enterprises such as Cockermouth Youth Action, the NHS and health agencies such as Deaf Vision, and employers such as Barnardos and B&Q. We embed ourselves within the heart of local towns and communities to create placements that are valued by the community by working with for eg. Cheshire East Shared Commissioning Services Board; Advisory Boards of Liverpool Childrens Centres, Safer and Stronger Community Partnerships through West Lancs LSP; Social Housing Landlords and tenant groups such as Contour Housing; and local Neighbourhood Champion initiatives such as South Ribble Community Engagement. Co-ordinating Stakeholder Engagement As a prime contractor we will establish a Stakeholder Steering Group (SSG) that will meet quarterly and include representatives (e.g. Local Authorities, JCP, 3 rdSector). The Operations Director will chair the SSG setting out the strategy for stakeholder engagement in the North West. We will also establish specialist and sectoral subgroups to lead on developing relevant and focused activities that respond to local labour market opportunities and contribute to the community. Specialist Task Groups will combine to create sector specific opportunities, for e.g. environmental, horticultural, care, construction, retail and hospitality. JHP staff will be performance managed against KPIs detailed in our Stakeholder Engagement Plan, for e.g. engagement of Volunteer Centres, Stronger and Safer Community Partnerships; and Housing Associations. All engagement activity will be recorded and measured against MWA opportunities to test effectiveness and value of investment to customer and community. Evidence: Working with Furniture Re-use Network, who re-cycle furniture to help thousands to create a safe and decent home, we create diverse work opportunities that include office work, sales work, collecting recyclables, driving, warehouse work, marketing, and fundraising. Stakeholder Engagement Strategy for the North West We will ensure effective ongoing relationships with stakeholders and placement providers based upon 3 core objectives: 1. Developing relationships with Strategic Stakeholders in order to tailor our provision in meeting shared objectives e.g. working with regional Community & Voluntary Sector groups and local authorities, e.g. AGMA, to co-ordinate suitable placement opportunities 2. Collaboration with existing services and partners to drive efficiencies, improve service outputs, and avoid duplication e.g. with local authorities we develop placements that work with Housing Association Resident Groups to improve living environments including sustainable gardens, decorating community buildings, e.g. UThink Youth Development Services 3. Creating a diverse range of partnerships with a variety of stakeholders in order to support customer career and progression routes e.g. we are already working with the care sector in schools, childrens centres and care homes e.g. working in collaboration with Lancashire County Council on Total Family a strategic work programme looking to improve the experience, resilience and outcomes for families. Weve made contact with social enterprises including Bright Futures to create retail and hospitality opportunities, Healthy Living centres in Liverpool and community
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RESTRICTED COMMERCIAL IN CONFIDENCE 7.1 continued - partnerships such as Cheshire & Warrington Social Enterprise Partnership Generating Innovative, New and Sustainable Opportunities Relationships will be developed and sustained through our engagement at Director (led by our OD) and local operational levels (led by our Performance Manager). To deliver against our strategy we will coordinate a programme of activity generation across the North West which will include co-hosting workshops with local stakeholders to develop innovative provision. Were also introducing staff incentives with commission based packages for CPOs to ensure we meet and exceed MWA targets. Working with key local stakeholders We will work with different stakeholders in a variety of ways in order to achieve MWA objectives; create meaningful activity that supports the development of good employment behaviours and attitudes, promotes community cohesion and responsibility, aligns with customers work preferences, and matches local labour market intelligence. Outlined below are some illustrative examples of sustained engagement: Local Authorities: Working with the local authoritys Housing, Childrens centres, Libraries, Parks, Adult and Social Care Services teams we will create opportunities throughout the lifetime of the contract that support the Big Society agenda whilst developing work skills in the customers local community. Third Sector: Our relationship with the third sector will be sustained by providing supported volunteers and sectoral progression opportunities. For example housing and employability sector activity with the Salvation Army, youth work through Catch 22, information and advice with Age Concern. Social Enterprises: We will work with social enterprise networks such as Cumbria Social Enterprise Network, Selnet (Social Enterprise Lancashire Network) and the wider Social Enterprise North West (SENW) to create opportunities that provide sectoral work opportunities whilst supporting the social enterprise sustainability, such as Age Concern Sustainability Across Lancashire developing care skills in the community. Social Housing Landlords: We will develop relationships with Social Housing Landlords to support their Worklessness and Tenant Empowerment Strategies. With their Community Development teams and Resident Groups we will create opportunities across the lifetime of the contract that benefit the communities our customers live in as well as providing them with an opportunity to contribute to their own community environments, local groups and initiatives. Employers: Since 1983 we have helped over 250,000 employers address employment and skill needs and supported over 300,000 people to achieve employment aspirations including work placement opportunities. We will capitalise on our existing extensive employer accounts and our Customer Engagement Centre of 30 staff sourcing new business leads. In the North West we work with BiTC and employers to create MWA opportunities such as a large selection of charity shops including Oxfam, Scope, British Red Cross, Cancer Research, Barnardos, RSPCA. Health services and NHS: We will sustain engagement with the local commissioning GP consortium and the providers by working with them to identify local work activity such as Gardening Clubs and Renovation Clubs in Care Homes, Hospices and Sure Start centres and placements with NHS Trusts such as Mid Cheshire NHS Foundation Trust. Skills, Careers and other: Our relationship with the skills sector will be maintained by creating support activities in the work place such as support activities in schools that could lead to teaching assistant progression opportunities, e.g. reading time initiatives.

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PART 8: CONTRACT PERFORMANCE


[8.1] Performance Please explain in detail; The types of work placements you will provide; How you will source placement opportunities, often at short notice, for customers on the programme; How these placements are of Community Benefit; How you will tell JCP if a customer signs off benefit; How you will raise a sanction doubt with JCP.

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8.1 - Work Placements that Benefit the Local Community Placements will be provided to enhance customers prospects of securing sustained employment; they will: improve employability; provide work related skills such as time management, punctuality, working under supervision; and offer benefit to the local and/or wider community. JHP and our supply chain will source 10,120 placements over the life of the contract, which is 4,760 over the Minimum Performance Level threshold, equivalent to a performance uplift of 93% Placements will benefit the local community by falling within the following broad categories: Capacity Building Improving charitable and third sector organisations capability to deliver their services e.g. Placements in local charity shops (Oxfam, British Heart Foundation), offices and fundraising initiatives Community Wellbeing Caring for people, improving health and wellbeing awareness, safety initiatives e.g. Placements with a local sports club (e.g. Helsby Community Sports Group) to help increase local participation in sport Economic Development Supporting the local economy and increasing the productivity of local businesses e.g. Placements of an administrative and clerical nature at a local SME or public sector body e.g. Manchester City Council Environmental Increasing awareness and directly addressing local sustainability and climate change e.g. Placements with organisations such as the Environment Agency and Urban Organic creating green spaces or sustainable food sources; energy; waste Community Cohesion Bringing together and supporting members of the community; improving relations e.g. Placements with Furniture Re-use Network who renovate and recycle old furniture to sell at affordable prices to low income families Arts, Culture and Heritage Maintaining and promoting local arts, culture and heritage including tourism e.g. Placements as a volunteer with the National Trust; local libraries, galleries and museums (e.g. St Helens Museum of Road Transport) Enterprise Supporting and directly contributing to local ventures; entrepreneurs; social enterprises e.g. Blacon Community Trust who operate a number of small social enterprises, such as Blacon Voice, Blacon Community Arts Centre, Community Resources Team Regeneration Restoring deprived and local physical environments to improve the liveability of the area e.g. Modernising low income housing with Contour Housing JHP also commit to establishing new projects of community benefit, establishing sports, regeneration, cleaning, arts and cultural projects as per local consultation and demand Our initial consultation and canvassing confirms that we will offer placements that directly and indirectly utilise and enhance skills including: - Building renovation /maintenance - Marketing - Textile skills - Food preparation - Basic Food Hygiene - Hospitality - Warehousing - Construction - Heritage preservation - ICT skills - Motor trades - Horticultural skills - Planning and site preparation - Budgeting - Administration - Customer Service - Environmental management - Retail - Landscaping - Conservation Transferable skills including: - Teamwork - Responsibility - Problem Solving - Organisation - Leadership - Conflict Resolution - Communication - Networking - Preparation - Commitment to the job - Initiative - Managing time - Research - Project Management Sourcing placement opportunities JHP has significant experience of delivering welfare to work provision. We have well established links with placement providers across the North West and have canvassed our local networks to determine availability
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IMPLEMENTATION

[9.1] Implementation Plan Please provide: An Implementation Plan for Mandatory Work Activity in this CPA clearly stating the date on which you are proposing to commence delivery of the service. The plan, which must be in the form of a Gantt chart (insert as Annex 4), must include the key activities required to put provision into place by the service commencement date. It must include key milestones, timescales for activities including start and end dates and who is responsible for each activity including the expected start date for delivery. It should also show the critical path and interdependencies. A narrative to expand on the implementation plan which must identify and address all the key risks, including the impact of winning multiple Mandatory Work Activity contracts and how these risks will be mitigated.

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9.1 As an experienced provider setting up complex, large scale public service programmes, we recognise the key risks for Mandatory Work Activity (MWA) broadly relate to people, property, processes (IT and Security) and placements. Our implementation strategy for MWA is designed on the three fundamental elements of the programme; People, Placement, Premises (JHP already have 200 staff and 14premises in place). Programme Management: JHP has established a MWA Board (MWAB) with executive accountability for MWA implementation. Chaired by our Chief Operating Officer (Project Sponsor - PS) the MWAB will provide governance and strategic decision making. Reporting directly to the MWAB, JHPs Programme Manager (PM) will be responsible for managing all programme activity within a controlled environment as a Managing Successful Programmes and PRINCE 2 qualified Practitioner. Our PM will oversee three work streams each led by Project Managers: Managing and mitigating key MWA risks: JHPs MWAB will be responsible for managing all implementation risks through a contract wide and Lot specific Implementation Plan and Risk Register. The register is used to ensure appropriate contingencies are in place to mitigate against both the probability and impact of all potential set up-risks. The MWAB is responsible for three key stages: Identification of risk, Contingency Plans and Continuity of Service. The RR is updated and reviewed weekly, identifying all contracts risks: i) significance of impact and ii) probability of occurrence via red, amber, green process. It will act as a management tool to move all risk factors to a low impact/low probability status. Where a Red Status appears along the critical path for two concurrent weeks the management team will take ownership and is able to deviate from budget, re-prioritise activity and make temporary variations to the overall solution to return the project to green status and restore the critical path. Contingency Plans: For the MWA contract our contingencies will cover: People displacement from closing programmes, pre contract recruitment, bank of pre-approved candidates identified. Placements Ongoing relationships with local organisations to ensure a continued variety of community based placements are available, delivery premises identified temporary centres; outreach; co-location with strategic partners, divert customers to supply chain. Critical Path: Our implementation team utilise a network diagram (Gantt Chart) to determine schedule possibilities (including critical and noncritical paths, slack times, earliest and latest start and finish dates etc) and likely consequences, including (immediate) predecessors and procedural, discretionary considerations. This will form the basis on our continued project monitoring to ensure MWA is ready to commence on 16th May 2011 in the North West. Multiple contract wins: Where multiple contracts are to be implemented each contract will have its own Project Plan, Gantt Chart, Budget Plans and Cash Flow and Profit & Loss accounts. However there will also be a Master Project Plan led by the IM that captures the overall progress of multiple simultaneous contract implementations. Wherever possible project activity required to be undertaken by the implementation team (HR, Marketing, Finance and Estates) takes place within the delivery region; thus enabling regular direct dialogue with stakeholders and customers. Pre-emptive recruitment is undertaken to provide extra support during implementation and contract duration.

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Please describe: How your proposals for delivery of services within this CPA will be put in place without adversely affecting your organisations or your Sub-contractors ability to deliver existing and recently won contracts as well as other contracts you are bidding for. Describe your contingency plan for maintaining the entire scope of your proposal within your bid should members of your supply chain withdraw at any point during the delivery of this contract.

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9.2 Over the past 3 years JHP has achieved revenue growth of 100%; without adversely affecting the quality and performance of existing services. Robust and assured contingency arrangements built within our business JHP is structured to allow expansion and change. Its Employability Division is separate from its Skills Division, with independent management and financial structures. JHPs current employability division includes delivery of FND, JCP Support Contracts, Work Choice, ESF provision (Response 2 Redundancy/NEET /Routes to Work) plus a range of local authority funded services. As contracts close, we will maximise use of this extra capacity (e.g. displaced staff) to support Mandatory Work Activity (MWA). To protect existing business and assure continued performance levels, we have ring-fenced staff to continue delivery of these services led by our existing team of local performance managers. The implementation of MWA will be carried out by our dedicated Implementation Manager (IM) along with each department lead from head office shared services; supporting the IM with specific skills sets such as: managing of implementation, staff recruitment, property sourcing, implementation of security plans and systems and marketing. Our implementation team for MWA will have several years experience of successfully implementing Government contracts. Any operational or support staff posts formally seconded to support implementation will be backfilled to eliminate adverse impact on other contracts MWA will be implemented and managed as a discrete programme with dedicated staff to minimise any impact on existing contracts. Staff will be assigned/appointed at the earliest opportunity to achieve a smooth transition from implementation to fully operational delivery JHPs Operations Director will monitor existing programme Key Performance Indicators to safeguard against/identify any fluctuations in performance; setting remedial action where necessary to ensure overall performance remains on track during this implementation The implementation team will provide overarching governance of implementation activity with a watching remit to identify potential adverse effects between MWA and existing business. This will be sponsored and chaired by JHPs COO who has overall accountability for all JHP services. Resource and staff contingency if awarded more than one Lot If JHP are awarded 1 or more contracts we will manage resource & staff by: Prioritise Prime Contract award over sub-contract agreements Use our existing staff to deliver MWA, if specific skills sets are required we can maximise JHPs talent pool to recruit Our IT shared service team will have a dedicated IT coordinator on hand to set up and organise any necessary IT systems for MWA delivery. We are also expanding our in house team to meet future demands Our in house marketing team will lead on brand development and development of marketing materials. Plus, were re-structuring our marketing team to bring in new skills and experience e.g. digital marketing to enhance future delivery Our estates team will ensure ideal premises are used for delivering MWA; those in practical locations with access to main public transport links

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PART 10: OFFSHORING PROPOSAL (including Landed Resources and Nearshoring)

Are you and/or your subcontractors proposing to use Offshoring, Landed Resources or Nearshoring in delivery of this Contract

YES

NO

(indicate where applicable) (indicate where applicable)

If you have answered YES to this question, you must complete a DWP Offshore Proposal Template and include with your tender. Please refer to paragraph 1.42 of the MWA Instructions to Bidders if you need the template.

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ANNEX 1 SUB-CONTRACTOR DECLARATION


A declaration should be signed and submitted on letter headed notepaper by each proposed sub-contractor (with the exception of ad-hoc suppliers) and attached to this Tender Form. Please note by attaching these declarations, tenderers will be deemed to agree to their contents. To: Date: I confirm that we have agreed in principle with [name of bidding organisation], to deliver the following elements of the service described in their tender:Please list below elements of service to be delivered. Department for Work and Pensions

I have read and understood the specification for the elements of provision, which my organisation will deliver. I have agreed in principle terms of delivery for this provision and am content that reasonable and appropriate price and payment terms have been negotiated and agreed for delivery of these services. I confirm I have seen the full tender document (excluding any Commercial in Confidence information relating to other Providers) and am content with my role as described and with the terms I have agreed with the Prime Contractor. I confirm that the agreement in principle allows for my organisation to implement the appropriate level of planning and investment to deliver the service. In addition to the above I confirm that the agreement made is consistent with the general principles set out in the DWP Code of Conduct and the Merlin Standards.

Signed: Name: Name of Sub-contractor: Note: the person signing the letter should be authorised to sign contractual agreements on behalf of their organisation.

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Please submit the following as separate documents:

ANNEX 2 PART 5.2 MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE ORGANISATION CHART

ANNEX 3 PART 6.1a STAFF RESOURCES RESOURCE PLAN Redacted

ANNEX 4 PART 9.1 IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

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