Announcing that the Department has invited a number of organisations to provide a service under contract in the 13 pilot areas across the country, the Minister said: 'I was extremely pleased to see that the Prospectus attracted the interest of a wide range of organisations in both the public and private sectors.
In thirteen areas across England, the Minister has invited a number of organisations to negotiate to provide the Careers Service under contract. The invitations follow in depth assessment of bids received by the Department in response to the Prospectus issued at the end of July.
In most cases bidders have proposed the establishment of new companies or partnerships between public and private sector interests to run the Careers Services in the thirteen areas which will bring together local employer interests, TECs, schools and colleges and local authorities.
The Minister concluded: 'Negotiations with the chosen bidders will get under way after Christmas. We will want to ensure the highest possible levels of service for the young people in the thirteen areas. All being well, we can expect the new contracts to begin operating from April 1994.'