Gloucestershire Council is currently seeking to move its adult education services out of the Council by August 2013. The service provides adult education services to the general public, including ‘First step’ skills (literacy, numeracy, IT); skills training and professional development; personal and recreational skills; and multi-generational learning.
The Potential Public Service Mutual (PSM) and Gloucestershire Council are keen to explore mutualisation as an option for service delivery and an alternative to the authority outsourcing the service to the private sector. The adult education service currently provided in house is successful and creates a financial surplus, with a turnover of c£2.9m per annum.
The primary objective is to develop a full business plan for the Potential PSM, which is fit for purpose for two objectives:-
1. To be able to present an assessment of commercial viability, and subsequently:-
2. Pitch a sufficiently robust case to convince Gloucestershire Council that the service would be able to become independent and have a financially sustainable plan. The plan needs to show the added value that the new company can give the authority by being independent.
A Supplier will be appointed to deliver services to the Potential PSM in the following areas:
1. Business Planning and Commercial Assessment