Selection Process for Employment and Training’s Eligible Provider List
Every five years (most recently awarded in fall of 2015 for 2016-2020), City of Minneapolis Employment and Training issues Requests For Proposals (RFP) and, under a competitive solicitation, selects potential vendors to deliver employment and training services. Agencies that are selected are placed on a Minneapolis Employment and Training Eligible Providers List that defines the universe of potential providers for a specific time period. The open competition for this RFP is advertised on the Minneapolis Employment and Training website; former Master Contract vendors are also alerted to check the website for the upcoming RFP; and any agency that has inquired about or requested to be included in the Master Contract process since the previous process ended is alerted. The vendor requirements are determined by the Minneapolis Workforce Council. Some of the proposal questions used in the most recent process included:
- Scope of Services- Describe how employment and training services will be provided. Include a detailed listing and description of tasks and deliverables.
- Experience and Capacity- Describe background and experience demonstrating ability to provide employment and training services.
- References- List references from contracts similar in size and scope.
- Personnel Listing- Show involved individuals with resumes and specific applicable experience.
- Grant-funded Services - Include a copy of the most recent audit report and management letter if vendor receives over $50,000 in City contracts annually and if vendor is not an individual proprietor.
Historically, the Minneapolis Workforce Council has also been very interested in issues such as living wages, benefits, and long term retention for clients served in our programs.
The criteria used to evaluate the proposals includes:
- Quality, thoroughness and clarity of proposal.
- Qualifications and experience of staff. Review of references.
- How well the scope of services offered meets department objectives.
- Financial responsibility and capacity of company including whether or not the company, any affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors have filed for federal bankruptcy protection within seven years of the date of this RFP.
- Organization and management approach and involvement for a successful project.
- Insurance coverage as defined for the services.
The responses to the RFP are systematically reviewed by neutral parties and ranked. Staff then make recommendations to the Minneapolis Workforce Council and the Minneapolis City Council on which agencies should be placed on the Minneapolis Employment and Training's Eligible Providers List. During 2010, the Eligible Provider’s List was updated using the process described above. The 2016-2020 Eligible Provider List for Minneapolis Employment and Training Services became effective January 1, 2016 and remains in force until December 31, 2020.
When WIOA and other funding opportunities become available, a funding-specific RFP is issued to vendors who have met the requirements to be placed on Minneapolis Employment and Training's Eligible Provider’s List. Those agencies selected to deliver services from the program-specific RFP are issued a Master Contract.
Last updated Oct 29, 2018