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Collaborative Partnership Network

The Collaborative Partnership Network (CPN) is a mutually beneficial and trusted partnership of organisations operating in the recruitment, employability, and vocational skills sectors. Through active collaboration, partners will work to add respective value to each other’s 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.

How does it work?

For example, a recruitment sector partner providing a managed service to a national employer may bring exclusive access to that employer’s vacancies. A partner with Adult Education Budget (AEB) funding may then be able to wrap in training for new employees joining that company to attain specific workplace skills. These employees may, in turn, go on to commence an apprenticeship with a third partner.

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, providing quality learning, whilst also fully leveraging the publicly funded support the employer may be entitled to.

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CPN Founding Partners

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“The CPN is an exciting initiative which brings 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 approach”

Simon Bladon

Skills Director – Challenge-trg Skills


Simon Bladon
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The benefits…

The advantages to the employer will be self-evident. Our CPN partners have access to a 12 month hiring forecast for all roles across Challenge-trg group which is approximately 55,000 vacancies across the UK.

This in turn benefits the 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!

Thats not all…

The CPN also has potential to 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.

The CPN also presents an opportunity to build partnership networks, share best practice, and develop future models of provision. We will develop partnership forums and networking opportunities to support this.

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