This brief will provide the background and requirements of the Fife Rural Skills Partnership (FRSP) to refresh the Partnerships business plan and produce a realistic and deliverable action plan. FRSP are looking to engage a consultant to carry out a time limited piece of work which will provide a clear direction for the Partnership over the short to medium term.
The FRSP was established in 2013 initially in response to the limited opportunities for young people to access Rural Skills training in Fife and the lack of new entrants to the sector. In addition there were concerns amongst local Social Enterprises involved in the rural skills sector that access to funding and procurement opportunities were cumbersome and overly bureaucratic.
Through engagement with relevant stakeholders and partners a business plan was produced in April 2014. The 2 key business priorities for the Partnership were identified as follows:-
- To build an enterprising, skilled workforce to improve the care, management and enterprising use of Fife’s woodland, farmland and rural landscape.
- To support the development and increase the survival rate of socially beneficial small and microbusinesses which focus on the care, management and enterprising use of Fife’s woodland, farmland and rural landscape.
The FRSP is made up of a Stakeholders Group and a wider Partnership. Since its inception it has had a positive drive and a real commitment to improving opportunities in the sector. Representatives are drawn from Social Enterprises, Local Authority, Forestry Commission, Scottish Land and Estates, Local Colleges, Social Housing Providers, Fife Coast & Countryside Trust, Fife Voluntary Action, amongst others.
The FRSP has begun to draw national attention to its work and is recognised as sector leading in trying to encourage a partnership approach to delivering rural skills in Fife.
The FRSP recently agreed to form as a company limited by guarantee and register with OSCR as a charity. This process is currently being taken forward by members of the Stakeholders group.
The objectives of this piece of work are specifically as follows:-
- Carry out a critical review of the existing business plan.
- The existing business plan provides high level strategic aims and objectives based on the requirements of stakeholders. However, and in light of recent progress, it needs to focus more on specific areas of work the Partnership wish to carry out over the coming months and years.
- Produce an action plan for the development of the FRSP business priorities
- Although an outline action plan was produced in the original business plan, this also requires re-focussing to be much more action and output orientated and based on the specific requirements of the Stakeholders and Partners.
To meet the requirements of this brief, the consultant will be required to:-
- Engage with stakeholders and Partners to produce a refreshed FRSP Business Plan.
- Produce a detailed action plan based on the refreshed business plan. This will outline specific actions, resources, responsibilities and timescales for delivery.
Schedule & Deadline
The deadline for tenders for this work will be the 18th July at 12.00. No late submissions will be considered.
The intention will be to place a contract week beginning 21th July 2014. We would expect preliminary findings by the week commencing 11th August 2014. The final deadline for the production of the Business Plan and Action Plan will be the 11th September 2014.
Following the deadline the successful consultants will be appointed by the Steering Group of the FRSP.
Please email your tender to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any queries, please call Ninian Stuart on 01337 858838.