Groundbreaking tender exercise to help provide employment for disabled workers
Welsh Assembly Government
The Minister for Finance and Public Service Delivery, Andrew Davies, has today announced that the Welsh Assembly Government has become one of the first public sector organisations within the UK to undertake a tender exercise that is reserved for supported businesses and supported factories.
These are companies and organisations where 50% or more of the workforce have disabilities and the reserving of contracts for such organisations is encouraged under European law.
Andrew Davies said:
The tender is a vital element in helping to sustain a just, inclusive and responsible Wales. The tender is being managed by the Assembly Government’s Value Wales division and is designed to be used across all Welsh public sector organisations in Wales.
The tender was identified by the Business Procurement Task Force, which is led by Andrew Davies, with representation drawn from across the public, private, voluntary and Trade Union sectors. It has been let in three lots, seeking supported factories and businesses that can supply IT recycling, furniture and signage to the Welsh public sector.
Contracts when let will allow Welsh public sector organisations to source strategically from supported factories and business’ to ensure these organisations continue to fulfil their vital role in employing those with disabilities.