Approved Spend Commissioning Group

Commissioning Budget

Purpose of commissioning budget


The purpose of the commissioning budget is to fund bespoke, individualised user led support packages supporting young adults through their Talent Match journey. Support purchased needs to be outcome focussed ensuring the development of skills and progression towards the Talent Match Black Country project outcomes. The commissioned budget funding is used to fill gaps in provision, Talent Match does not aim to fund provision that is already available through other funding sources.

Each young adult programme is individualised dependent on their needs, these could be but are not limited to;

  • Relationship building
  • Confidence, motivation, optimism
  • Communication, Interpersonal Skills and Decision making
  • Problem solving, team work, time management
  • Independent Living
  • Substance misuse
  • Homelessness
  • Family support
  • Skills support


Talent Match Black Country has engaged through its Preferred Supplier Network (PSN) a range organisations who are able to provide additional support for young adults accessing the Talent Match Black Country programme.
The Preferred Supplier Network through a tendering process have successfully demonstrated they have:

  • A proven track record in engaging and working with young adults
  • A clear commitment to young adults as ‘experts by experience’
  • A proven track record of ability and capacity to deliver and report against agreed outcomes
  • Understanding and track record of outcome based monitoring and reporting
  • A proven ability to understand the local context, barriers and opportunities young adults face
  • Ability to provide value for money
  • A Person centred approach to delivery
  • Appropriate levels of Insurance for the services provided, this will be risk based depending on the nature of the activity/service
  • Safety policy including safe working practices for the activity/service
  • Safeguarding / Vulnerable adult policy including Disclosure and Barring Service Checks
  • Equality Policy
  • Appropriate level of financial assurance, this will be risk based depending on the commissioned value

The commissioning budget will be utilised to support the following, (list is not exhaustive). Support will be based on individual need and will be delivered either 1:1 or in small groups, dependant on the needs of each young adult, this will be assessed by the mentor. Support will be delivered by a network of approved preferred suppliers (PSN).

Development Area Approved Activities/Support
Personal Development

  • Confidence/self esteem
  • Motivation
  • Relationship building
  • Communication
  • Team working
  • Budgeting/money management
  • Health and Well Being
  • Time management
  • Travel management
  • Core Skills (non-accredited)
    • Literacy
    • Numeracy
    • ESOL
Activities/support will be delivered 1:1 or small groups. Activities/support could include;

  • Counselling
  • Trips/Visits
  • Project based outward bounds
  • Art therapy
  • Dance/Music
  • Trauma counselling
  • Fitness/healthy lifestyles
  • Cooking skills/nutrition advice
  • Cooking on a budget
  • Money management, living on a budget
  • Specialist support – signer, scribe

Physical support including emergency/crisis support. Emergency support will only be purchased where existing crisis support is not available.

Any equipment purchased to support young adults will remain the property of the project

  • Travel costs
  • Childcare costs
  • Mobile phone top up/credit
  • Interview clothes (vouchers)
  • Emergency housing
  • Food (emergency cases only – food vouchers)
  • Protective Clothing
  • Identification Documentation
    • Driving licence/Passport
    • Birth/marriage certificate
    • DBS check
    • Photographs
  • Job specific equipment for self-employment e.g. Hairdressing/barbering equipment
Job Specific Skills with a clear opportunity of employment

  • CSCS Training and Card
  • SIA Security Licence
  • Fork Lift Truck Training and Licence
  • Sector specific specialised training
  • Funding will be used where support is not currently available through existing provision or where the young adult does not meet the entry/eligibility criteria
The BIG Lottery approved document provides guidance and clear parameters for the purchasing of activities and support through the Black Country Talent Match commissioning budget.