Social investment consortium bids for three public service delivery contracts

3SC says 200 third sector organisations have shown interest in joining bids

Third sector bidding consortium 3SC is hoping to win three further public service delivery contracts worth tens of millions of pounds.

The organisation, created by The Social Investment Business to make large-scale bids for public sector contracts on behalf of small sector organisations, will bid for the following: Progress2work, which helps very hard-to-reach individuals into employment; Backing Young Britain, which will involve charities offering mentoring and work experience to young people in the UK; and the second stage of the Future Jobs Fund, which has been set up to create 150,000 jobs by 2011.

The consortium is already delivering 3,000 jobs under an existing Future Jobs Fund contact.

At least 200 third sector organisations have expressed an interest in participating in the bids.

"We've had high levels of interest in these bids already," said Richard Morgan, director of communications at 3SC, "but we're interested in hearing from other organisations that might want to get involved.

"Our current contract to deliver jobs under the Future Jobs Fund is going well. We've had commitments from people to fill all the jobs we're contracted to deliver."

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