Shaw Trust is looking to partner with a range of high-quality providers who have a track-record of high-performance and who share our vision for a society in which everyone has the opportunity for employment, inclusion and independence. Partnership opportunities for the DWP Work and Health Programme include:

End to end provider: as an end to end provider you will be responsible for the entire customer journey, from attracting referrals right through until the end of the programme and everything in between. You will be responsible for supporting all client groups across a defined geographic area.

Specialist provider: as a specialist provider you will deliver specialist, time bound interventions designed to address specific challenges faced by specific client groups. This could include one-off interventions (e.g. a money advice session) or a longer programme of interventions (e.g. a 12 week programme specially designed to support ex-offenders find work). You could deliver your services in one local area, a larger region or across the entire Lot.

Vocational training and skills provider: as a vocational training and skills provider you will deliver specialist support designed to improve the employability of Work and Health Programme clients. This includes but is not limited to: ESOL, Maths and English, vocational qualifications, apprenticeships, traineeships, work experience placements, volunteer opportunities, licences (e.g. CSCS cards, forklift truck) and other qualifications. You could deliver your services in one local area, a larger region or across the entire Lot. 

Please note, we welcome expressions of interest from organisations wishing to be considered for more than one of the partnership options listed above. Where this is the case, please complete the corresponding sections fully. For example, if you wish to express an interest in becoming both an end to end partner and a vocational training and skills provider you should complete both section two and section four.

Your Response

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Merlin Standard

DWP’s Code of Conduct (Code) spells out the key values and principles of behaviour which it expects of its suppliers, which are essential for creating healthy, high performing supply chains. UAEHRS Suppliers will be required to operate in accordance with the Code. Shaw Trust has recently been assessed against the Merlin Standard achieving 82% graded ‘Good’.

Priority Customer Groups

 The Work and Health Programme will support individuals from the following participant groups:
  • A person with a disability, as defined in the Equality Act 2010, who can volunteer to join the programme at any time; and
  • Long Term Unemployed (LTU) – these will be claimants in the intensive work search regime in Universal Credit or JSA claimants who have not moved into employment within 24 months of their claim, referred to the programme on a mandatory basis

Specified early entrant groups, including:
  • an ex-offender
  • an ex-carer
  • a homeless person
  • an ex-HM Armed Forces personnel participant
  • an HM Armed Forces reservist participant
  • a partner of current or former Armed Forces personnel
  • a person for whom a drug/alcohol dependency (including a history of) presents a significant barrier to employment
  • a care leaver

Geographical Requirement

The DWP Umbrella Agreement for Employment and Health Related Services (UAEHRS) consists of 6 Lots and 1 National Lot.  The six Lots are shown below and further geographical information can be found within Section 5 – Delivery Locations. Shaw Trust has been shortlisted in the following five areas:

  • Central England
  • North East
  • Southern England
  • Home Counties 
  • Wales

London will be commissioned separately and we welcome expressions of interest from organisations who would like to partner with Shaw Trust in London.
Instructions on how to complete the form

Shaw Trust’s EOI contains four main sections:
  • ŸSection One (Organisation and Contact Details) This section will provide Shaw Trust with some basic background information about your Organisation and must be completed by all organisations.  This section will not be scored.
  • ŸSection Two should only be filled in by organisations wishing to become an end to end partner.
  • Section Three should only be filled in by organisations and individuals wishing to become a specialist partner.
  • Section Four should only be completed by organisations wishing to become a vocational training and skills partner
Section one is compulsory for all prospective partners. Which of the remaining sections you complete depend on the type of services your organisation is offering. For example, if your organisation is only interested in becoming a specialist partner you should only complete section three (in addition to section one). If your organisation is interested in becoming an end to end partner and a vocational training and skills partner you should complete sections one, two and four. For the sections you chose to complete, please complete each section fully as failure to answer a question could have a negative impact on the overall score of your form.
Scoring mechanism

All scored questions will be awarded a score between one and five:

Excellent Very Good Good Satisfactory Poor
5 4 3 2 1

 For section two, the questions are weighted as follows:

Question Weighting Maximum weighted score
Past performance X2 10
Approach x3 15
Employer & stakeholder relationships x2 10
Integration x2 10
Delivery locations x1 5
  TOTAL 50

For sections three and four, the questions are weighted as follows:

Question  Weighting  Maximum weighted score
Name Not scored  
Eligibility Criteria Not scored  
Objectives x3 15
Content and structure x4 20
Outcomes achieved x3 15
Price Not scored  
Delivery locations Not scored  
  TOTAL 50
For organisations completing more than one section each section will be scored independently. For example, a low score in one section will have no impact on the score of another section. You will only be scored for the response given in each section so please avoid cross-referring between responses.

Only the information requested in the response form will be scored.  Shaw Trust may seek independent financial and market advice to validate information declared, or to assist in the evaluation.   Your details will be securely stored on Shaw Trust’s Partnership database.