Tenders invited for European Solidarity Corps Training Contract

The Erasmus+ UK National Agency is inviting tenders to train volunteers taking part in European Solidarity Corps (ESC) activities.

ESC projects run from two months to two years. The purpose of the training is to prepare participants to adapt to a new inter-cultural environment and to respond positively to challenges, using non-formal learning techniques.

It is expected that the training will be delivered across the UK to around 500-600 trainees. Courses are between one and three days, and are generally in a residential location.

The training must comply with the European Commission’s guidelines and minimum standards for the ESC Training and Evaluation Cycle, specifically for ‘on-arrival, mid-term and pre-departure training’. The contractor must plan and organise the logistics, and deliver and evaluate the training, whilst ensuring participant safety and obtaining feedback.

It is anticipated that training providers will be appointed for twelve months from 1 January 2020 in the first instance, with the possibility of an extension of up to a further 12 months. The Erasmus+ UK National Agency is working closely with the Department for Education and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on how a no-deal scenario would affect Erasmus+ and ESC.

The call for providers sets out the effect of possible scenarios on this procurement.

Applications are welcome from one organisation (or consortium) that can deliver the full specification across the UK, or several organisations that are able to deliver in one or more of the four countries of the UK. The providers appointed will be accountable to Ecorys UK, who manage ESC in the UK as part of the Erasmus+ UK National Agency.

For more information, please refer to the following documents from the ESC website:

Should you have any queries, please email [email protected] by Wednesday 9 October.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 23.59 (UK time) on Monday 14 October