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Call out to digital organisations or practitioners to support young people

  • Posted: 23rd September, 2022
  • Opportunity type: Tenders


Game Changer is a £5.6 million project funded by The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF) and European Social Fund (ESF) which will run until March 2023 designed to support 1814 young people aged 15 to 24 who are NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) or at risk of NEET across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.  

It will support young people to overcome the challenges, sometimes complex, they face; understand their individual aptitudes, passions and interests; develop skills and experiences; build connectivity and networks, resulting in improved confidence, removal of previous barriers, increased skills levels and ultimately them progressing into work, apprenticeships or long-term learning/ training. 

The programme is delivered by working with businesses, matching their needs and aspirations with the passions and skills of young people. From experiencing potential careers via sector-based work placements to challenge based learning sessions where young people can grow and express themselves openly and explore opportunities, young people on the programme will receive support tailored to their needs. 

Game Changer aims to give young people the freedom to explore and view their future from a different perspective and experience a broad range of career opportunities.  Real Ideas is leading Game Changer, with a partnership of five delivery organisations, all of whom will provide the opportunity for young people to achieve a brighter future for themselves and be part of an inclusive and growing Cornish economy. 

Game Changer also provides young people with a means of expanding their qualifications and building foundation skills that enable them to progress including functional skills, sector specific skills and some transferable qualifications when appropriate that provide stronger paths into progression. 

The offer: Specialist digital support for young people interested in pathways into the industry.  

This invitation is an opportunity for digital organisations or practitioners to support young people on Game Changer who are interested in routes into employment in the digital sector.  

What we are looking for:  

  • A digital professional to offer personalised 1:1 coaching and mentoring support for individuals  
  • Delivery of weekly 1-2 hour online and in person sessions linked to upskilling within the digital industries. 
  • An understanding of the gaming and VR/Immersive industries is preferable

Game Changer is looking to commission suitable providers who can support young people to develop skills and increase their employability towards careers in the broad ranging digital industries. The role would help introduce the different types of jobs within the sector, make links or introductions for individuals and support them to apply for courses, apprenticeships or jobs within the industry.   

We are looking for an engaging provision that meets the needs of young people who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), enabling them to achieve. We expect to see young people gain confidence, wider skills and secure their next steps due to the support they receive.   


  • Young people in receipt of 1:1 support leave with increased confidence, insight and skills within the digital industries  
  • Young people who attend the skills sessions report development of skill and application of what they have learnt  
  • 50% achieve a positive progression into employment, further education or learning.  


Payment Profile:  

Two payments will be made between November 2022 and March 2023  

1 day a week (or 7 hours across the week) from November 2022 – March 2023  

(Specific dates tbc – but would be 20 x days)  

The fee must include possible travel as travel expenses will not be paid in addition to the tender. 



The chosen organisation will be required to deliver the following provision:  

  • Hold and manage a small caseload of young people who are referred directly from Game Changer navigators. This includes regular 1:21 meetings, completion of necessary paperwork and a monthly meeting with the navigators to update on individual progress.   
  • Delivery of a weekly skills session (either online or in person in Cornwall dependent on need) where young people learn new skills.   
  • Action plans must be reviewed a minimum of every 4 weeks with written reviews  
  • Provision must support participants to progress into employment, apprenticeship, education or training on completion.  

Delivery Specifications  

The successful tenderer will be expected to:  

  • Have a staffing structure that enables individuals to be supported and input to the Game Changer participant tracking system  
  • Provide evidence of supporting young people to progress into pathways within the digital industries  
  • Provide direct support and links within the industry that could support young people to move into employment within the sector  
  • Manage individual participant records that comply with the Game Changer’s contract requirements  
  • Partake in monthly reviews  

Timeline for delivering the work  

Timeline requirements   Date  
Application deadline:    Friday 15th October 2022  
Evaluation of tenders using award criteria   Within 5 days of closing submissions  
Contract awarded to winning tender   Within 10 days of closing submissions  
Contract commences   Within 21 days of closing submissions  
Evidence to be audited and signed off   Every 3-4 weeks  
Contract end date   31st March 2023  


Selection criteria  

Primary factors that the panel will use as decision making tools will be:

  • Value for money
  • Added value
  • Previous experience
  • Ability to deliver excellence.  

Previous work with young people and good connections to a broad spectrum of employers across the industry is preferred.  

Responding to this Invitation to Tender  

Please email your CV, along with response to the brief (no more than 1 A4 page) to Kate Rowlands, Programme Lead: or 07595 491018.

All successful applicants will need to show proof of an in-date Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate, public liability insurance certificate and have the ability to travel across Cornwall where needed. 

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Kate Rowlands, Programme Lead on the detail above.