Become part of the Collaborative Partnership Network – a nationwide initiative led by three leading providers in the recruitment, skills and employability services sector. Founding partners Phoenix Training, Cordant Group and Challenge-trg are now seeking further providers from across the UK to become Partners in this new initiative.

The Collaborative Partnership Network provides access to a large annual UK audience

Collectively Phoenix Training, Cordant Group and Challenge-trg provide managed service support for more than 100,000 vacancies every year and leverage over £6m of apprenticeship levy spend – working with some of the UK’s biggest employers.

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Results through active collaboration

Through active collaboration, CPN Partners will add respective value to each others’ services, aligning employability, customer service and occupational training, with current and forecasted recruitment needs. This will involve an effective pooling of market intelligence and employer relationships, as well as building progression pathways for participants through different types of funded provision.

Rather than this being a series of uncoordinated interventions, the CPN presents this as a bespoke, coherent, and compelling offer to the employer from the outset. It offers a one-stop-shop approach to recruitment and training, whilst also fully leveraging the publicly funded support the employer may be entitled to. The advantages to the employer will be self-evident.

Increased benefits for CPN Partners

In addition to the clear advantages to employers, this approach benefits CPN Partners individually. It helps to maximise their individual contract performance, delivering more outcomes, and ensuring that funding allocations are fully utilised. More collaborative and integrated ways of working also helps to generate economies and reduce costs. It is a clear win-win!

The CPN will also act as a bidding consortium to win public funding as a collective. It creates the potential to bid for higher value and more strategic contracts across the recruitment, employability, and skills spectrum, including contracts with the ESFA, DWP, combined authorities and devolved administrations.

CPN Expression of Interest

Download our Expression of Interest form and find out how your business can become part of the network. Completed responses must be received by the 17 July 2020.

“The CPN is an exciting new initiative which will bring trusted partners together to work in a more collaborative way, joining up commercial and public funding to provide a more coherent employer offer. We hope that many providers, of all types, will see the benefits of being part of this new approach”

Simon Bladon – Operations Director, Phoenix Training

CPN Founding Partners

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