CXK and 9 other organisations named as regional delivery partners for NCS

Thursday 2nd October 2014


Ten organisations have today been chosen to deliver National Citizen Service (NCS) across 19 regions in England between 2015 and 2018. On signature and after Government approval, these ten organisations will become Regional Delivery Partners for the programme.
The announcement follows a comprehensive procurement process, started in January 2014, which saw 16 open regional workshops with more than 350 participants from over 250 organisations taking part. Designed to raise awareness of the forthcoming procurement process, the workshops allowed a wide range of providers, potential providers and stakeholders to feed into the process and shape delivery of NCS over the next four years.

In April, bidders were evaluated against criteria relating to quality and cost effectiveness. A total of 24 organisations placed bids to enter the initial framework, with 17 potential providers awarded a place on the framework. Collectively 56 bids were submitted in the subsequent mini-competitions for the 19 regions, before the ten successful organisations – announced today - were selected. Contracts will be issued to providers for signature and approval of the chosen providers and contracts remain subject to Government sign off.

After approval, the intended supply chain:

  1. Includes a higher volume of voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises (VCSEs) than previous years; seven in total.
  2. Includes four organisations that were previously Local Delivery Partners including CXK Ltd., Engage4Life Ltd, Pertemps People Development Group and a partnership of vInspired and National Youth Agency, should shortly join the framework as Regional Delivery Partners.
  3. Adds one new organisation, Ingeus which will cover one region in Northwest, one in East Midlands, and one in the East of England.
  4. Includes five of the previous Regional Delivery Partners who retain contracts including The Challenge, Reed in Partnership, The Football League Trust, Inspira and The Lincolnshire and Rutland Education Business Partnership.

Doug Fraley, Director of Operations, NCS Trust, says: “Following a rigorous bidding process, we are pleased to announce the selection of the ten successful organisations, all of whom submitted excellent applications, not only from a cost and quality perspective, but also from a position of experience and passion.

“As well as welcoming an entirely new organisation to the network, we’re glad to see organisations that were previously Local Delivery Partners taking on the role of Regional Delivery Partners alongside several returning organisations. We’re confident that we have an excellent network in place with which we can rapidly grow the programme and ensure that NCS can continue to reach as many young people as possible across the country.

“Beneath these ten providers, 220 organisations currently work to deliver NCS at a local level and we hope to see this network grow as the programme expands over the coming years.”

A team of 15 young people made up of NCS graduates and non-graduates, known as the NCS Youth Commissioning Team, were also involved in the procurement process; one member of the team attended every regional briefing (16 in total), collectively they read and evaluated 56 mini-competition bids and attended and contributed to all final stage bidder interviews.

Matthew Otubu, a graduate of NCS and member of the Youth Commissioning Team, says: “Having the chance to be involved in such an important process has been an invaluable experience. I’m also glad to see that the views of young people remain at the heart of the delivery of the programme.”

Stephen Bell, Director of Business Development, CXK, says: “As a charity CXK exists to maximise the potential of young people and that's why we are delighted to have been offered a contract to deliver NCS over the next three years. We have been involved with NCS as a local delivery partner and have seen its power to transform the lives of young people and support local communities. We're excited to be stepping up as a regional delivery partner and bring our passion and commitment to transforming young people’s lives. This new role will give us the opportunity to work with our partners across the sector to deepen our impact, integrating and strengthening our existing youth offer."