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Support for Collaborative Contracting

Supporting smaller independent training providers in collaborative contracting

LSIS is continuing its support activity for smaller providers affected by Minimum Contract Levels. Building on a successful suite of activities launched at the beginning of 2011 further support is now available. Support is designed to assist providers adopt and embed the new arrangements.

Priority groups are:

  • New partnerships, recently formed to meet the MCL requirements.
  • Lead providers with a substantial increase in the number of their sub-contractors and contract-value
  • Providers seeking to work effectively in a collaborative environment under a new lead contractor
  • Providers who were granted an extension and are now making plans.

Support is aimed at assisting providers to form new contracting arrangements, working relationships, systems, work-practises, and organisation structures through increased collaboration and partnership.

Support activities available are:

One-to-one support from a Partnership Adviser - appointed to work with a Partnership on an agreed development project which will improve the transition to successful MCL collaborative working.
In a recent evaluation 80% of providers receiving this support reported that it.. "influenced our thinking at a key point"

Online web seminars on key themes identified as vital to critical to successful implementation of new operational arrangements which now have to be delivered collaboratively. These include, marketing, risk management, performance management, self-assessment. Delivered online straight to your desktop in real time, these 60 minute events offer great value to providers with minimal or no cost.
Following an impact evaluation of our first cohort of 15 seminars, 62% identified that they had …"widened our perceptions of what we needed to take into consideration".

Resources such as tool-kits, case-studies, example documents, guide-notes are available as downloads and often are used by Partnership Adviser and in Web seminars. These support materials are constantly being added to and are excellent for providers wanting to carry out their own development activities.
92% of providers responding to our impact evaluation said that resources had …"provided important guidance and information."

Peer support development is a new priority focused on building capacity through shared practices, networking, and collaboration. This sustainable approach aims to help providers to help themselves.

To find out about how to access support please send an email to

A summary of support for MCL contracting arrangements is also available to download.