Production of Careers Resources (CIEEM)

May 2024
CIEEM is seeking to appoint a contractor to research and develop resources promoting ecology and environmental management careers for the 13-16years student audience. These resources are being developed as part of the Green Jobs for Nature campaign and are specifically intended to support the work of CIEEM members who have signed up as STEM Ambassadors as part of the UK STEM Learning programme as well as careers advisers in secondary schools.

Background
CIEEM’s ambition is to help to tackle the current capacity crisis within the ecology and environmental management sector and build a future workforce sufficient to deliver the legislative and policy targets that are both crucial to nature’s recovery and tackling the climate emergency. Achieving this ambition depends, in part, on inspiring more young people to consider ecology and environmental management as a career. The development of effective and inspiring engagement and careers resources, to be used both by STEM Ambassadors and careers advisers, will support delivery of this ambition (see https://www.stem.org.uk/secondary/resources for examples). The resources should also be designed to engage with currently under-represented audiences in the nature-focused workforce, namely young people of colour, young people with disabilities and people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. We anticipate these resources using a range of media.
The resources should showcase careers across the public, private, industry and eNGO sectors through engaging ‘storytelling’, useful careers information and workplace scenarios that inspire and enthuse young people to consider ecology and environmental management as a career choice. They should include reference to the Green Jobs for Nature website and other relevant careers resource materials. The current evidence-base / best practice should be considered when designing resources e.g. https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/departments-and-centres/departments/education-practice-andsociety/aspires-research.

The successful tenderer will be expected to engage with our current CIEEM STEM Ambassadors to gain their ideas and input into the type and content of resources, although the CIEEM team will facilitate this through our Stem Ambassador Working Group.

The geographical scope of the project is the UK.

About CIEEM

CIEEM is the leading professional membership body for ecologists and environmental managers, providing benefit to society by setting professional standards, promoting best practice, supporting education and training, and delivering advocacy and influence for those championing a sustainable natural environment. Established in 1991 and receiving our Royal Charter in 2013, we have over  500 members drawn from across the employment sectors including local authorities, government agencies, NGOs, industry, environmental consultancy, academia and industry. CIEEM engages in a wide range of activities, including:

  • promoting the sharing of best practice through publications, networking and awards;
  • supporting continuing professional development (CPD) through the provision of training and conferences;
  • being an influential voice for the sector by advising governments on policy and practice in relation to management of the natural environment;
  • promoting careers in ecology and environmental management and support for early careers professionals; promoting an integrated inter-disciplinary approach to sustainable management of the natural environment; and
  • establishing and upholding standards of professional competence and conduct of those who practise ecological and environmental management as a profession.

CIEEM is very active in the green skills agenda across the UK and Ireland and is involved in a number of Working Groups designed to promote green jobs and capacity build for future delivery of actions designed to tackle the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis.

The Project Brief
This project is part-funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, part-funded by employer partners and part-funded by CIEEM.
The contractor is required to use their expertise, insights and vision to produce digital career resources for use by STEM Ambassadors and in-school careers advisers to promote ecology and environmental management careers (NB: Graphic design can be sourced by CIEEM if necessary but if graphic design is included in the costings this should be made clear). The resources should be:

  • applicable to 13- 16 year old audience across the UK (including bespoke elements where appropriate)
  • representative of careers across the public, private, industry and eNGO sectors
  • authentic, engaging, interactive and inspiring
  • inclusive
  • using a range of media

Outputs
The following outputs are required for this contract:
a) Attendance at a virtual start up meeting and 3 subsequent 30 minute project meetings.
b) Virtual attendance at 2 STEM Ambassador Working Group meetings.
c) A desk-based study summarising existing relevant high quality resources that could be referenced in any new materials.
d) Development of initial ideas and proposals for multiple* new careers resources and materials for consideration internally within CIEEM.
e) Following consideration of (d), drafting and refinement of agreed materials and resources at least to the stage at which they can be handed to a designer/film maker.
* We are interested on what you would deliver for the money available, although final decisions will be taken once the contract is awarded and through discussion and feedback from STEM
Ambassadors

Project Management
The project will be managed by CIEEM’s Education and Careers Manager. Additional support will be provided by CIEEM’s internal Green Jobs for Nature project team, including the Country Project Officers for Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Costs
Tenderers are required to include within their tender the full costs of delivering the outputs as specified above, including VAT. The maximum value of this tender will be £12000 inclusive of VAT (but please note that the higher the costs the more ‘user-ready’ we will expect the resources to be).
Tenderers are asked to give a breakdown of the number of days allocated to specific tasks.
Tenderers should also make it clear whether the costs include final design/production.

Timescale
We anticipate this contract starting in mid-late June. Delivery of outputs must be completed by the 30th September 2024.

Insurance
Contractors are required to have full Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance up to a value of £100,000 in each case.

Decision-making process
All tenders received will be reviewed by CIEEM. A decision to shortlist and to offer a contract to undertake the work will be made on the basis of a combination of:

  • Value for money and affordability (40% of scoring)
  • Experience, creativity and technical ability of team members relevant to the brief (20% of scoring)
  • Experience relevant to the target audiences (40% of scoring)

Format of tender
Tenders should be submitted using the tender proforma provided. The deadline for returning tenders to CIEEM is 12 noon on 28th May 2024. Tenders should be submitted to enquiries@cieem.net. Tenderers must be available to be interviewed remotely, if required, on 7th June 2024. STEM Resources Tender Pro-forma May 2024

Contact details
Any questions or queries in relation to this brief or the tender process should be directed to Mark Nason, Head of Professional Practice at marknason@cieem.net.