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Flexible Procurement System

GMCA has created the Education, Work and Skills Flexible Procurement System (FPS) to allow for easier and quicker commissioning activity. This will minimise the timescale for procurement activity and reduce confusion and administration, whilst creating opportunities for a wider range of suppliers to bid for GMCA commissioned education, work and skills activity. The FPS will also be used by Local Authorities within Greater Manchester to commission Apprenticeships and other relevant activity.

GMCA’s ambition in Greater Manchester is to create an integrated labour market eco-system which has the individual and employer at its heart, that better responds to the needs of residents, communities, and businesses, and which contributes to the inclusive growth and productivity of the GM economy. Our vision is for an integrated education, work and skills system that will help all of our residents to be school ready, life ready and work ready.

What do Providers have to do to join the FPS?

All providers are required to complete a bid submission that is evaluated by a panel at GMCA.

  • Provider information

  • Mandatory and Discretionary exclusions

  • Finance and Technical Examples

  • Social Value

  • Information Governance

  • Supplier suitability: how you respond to the priorities of Greater Manchester, track record, and performance management

Providers will not be accepted onto the FPS unless they pass these sections. Admission to the FPS does not guarantee funding but gives providers to opportunity to bid on pots of funding that they are eligible for.

Requirements Matrix

The other element of an FPS submission is the requirements matrix, where providers are asked to evidence their work. Commissioners filter the FPS using the requirements matrix to produce lists of providers who are invited to bid on funding for projects.

The sections on the requirements matrix are:

  • Characteristics: employment status, demographic considerations, and personal circumstance

  • Interventions: supporting young people and adults to transition into further learning or work, supporting individuals currently in work, and supporting employers

  • Sector / Occupational Specialisms: accredited / bespoke sector-based delivery, and accredited / bespoke life skills

Key Dates and Information

The FPS was most recently open for applications as part of the 6th opening between December 2022 and February 2023. Following the evaluation and moderation of applications from the 6th opening, framework agreements will be issued by w/c 19th June 2023.

It is anticipated that the FPS will reopen every calendar year. The frequency may be more or less, as required by GMCA. The next reopening of the FPS is anticipated to be in 2024.

Organisations will not be able to bid as a lead provider for contracts published via the FPS unless they have been successful in their application to join. However, organisations will still be able to become involved in these opportunities as a supply chain partner. If this is something that you are interested in, please email The supplier contact sharing sheet is circulated to providers on the FPS, and they will be able to use your provided details to contact you. We will also send out relevant comms regarding our activity and upcoming opportunities that you may be interested in.

If you have additional queries, or would like to join the FPS mailing list, please email

The following suppliers have already been successful in applying to the FPS:

  • Acacia Training
  • Access Skills
  • Acorn Training
  • Aim 2 Learn
  • Alliance Learning
  • Apprentify Ltd
  • Aspire Education
  • Babington Business College
  • B4box Ltd
  • Back 2 Work Complete Training Limited
  • Back on Track Manchester
  • Baltic Training
  • Barfection
  • Blue Apple Training
  • Bolton Security
  • Bright Direction training
  • Bury Adult Learning Service
  • Bury College
  • Calico Enterprise Limited
  • Career Connect
  • CECOS Computing International
  • Centrepoint Soho
  • Code Nation
  • Complete Training and Assessment
  • Damar Limited
  • Dimensions Training Solutions
  • DMR Training and Consultancy Limited
  • Dynamis Enterprise Ltd
  • EFL Trust
  • Elysium Training
  • Endorphins Group
  • Expanse Group
  • Free to Learn Ltd
  • Focusing First on People Limited
  • ForHousing Ltd
  • Generation
  • Get Set Academy
  • Gloucestershire Training College
  • GNR Training Limited
  • Goddard Consultants Coaching Practice CIC
  • Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations
  • Greendale Limited t/a ECTA
  • Groundwork MSSTT
  • Hive Learning Network CIC
  • Hopwood Hall College
  • IN4.0 Group
  • Independent Training and Education
  • Ingeus UK
  • Innovative Alliance Limited
  • Instep UK
  • Juniper Training
  • Learning Curve Group
  • Learning Skills Partnership
  • LTE Group
  • MAES
  • Manchester Digital
  • Manchester Metropolitan University RES Office
  • Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Mantra Learning Limited
  • Maximus UK Services Limited
  • Netcom Training Limited
  • New Charter Housing Trust / Jigsaw
  • NGTC Ltd
  • North Lancs Training Group
  • North West Skills Academy
  • One Manchester
  • Pathway First Limited
  • PeoplePlus Group
  • Plato Training
  • Procure Plus Holdings Limited
  • Professional Training Solutions
  • Proper Job
  • QA
  • Raytheon Professional Services
  • Realise Learning and Employment Limited
  • Reform Radio CIC
  • Remit Training
  • Rochdale Training Association Limited
  • Salford City College
  • Salford Foundation
  • Salford University Digital ICZ
  • SB Skills Solutions
  • Seetec Business Technology
  • Serco Limited
  • Society for the Reduction of Carbon
  • Solvo Vir Limited
  • St Antony's Centre
  • Standguide Limited
  • Stockport Homes Limited
  • System Group Limited
  • Tameside Adult Community
  • Tameside College
  • TechTalent Academy
  • The Childcare Company Ltd
  • The Construction Skills People
  • The Education and Skills Partnership
  • The Growth Company
  • The Oldham College
  • The Princes Trust
  • The Root of It
  • The Training Brokers
  • Think Employment Limited
  • TMP Studios CIC
  • Total Excellence Centre Ltd
  • Total People Limited
  • Total Training Provision Limited
  • Training Strategies Ltd
  • TRN Train
  • UK Skills Academy
  • United Response
  • University of Bolton
  • Waltham International College Ltd
  • Warrington & Vale Royal College
  • We Are Digital
  • Wigan and Leigh College
  • Wigan Employment and Skills
  • Woodspeen
  • Workers' Educational Association