Published date: 11 October 2019

Last edited date: 26 January 2022

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 5 September 2021, 11:59pm

Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract

North East, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, London, South East, South West, Scotland, Wales

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

11 October 2019

Closing date

5 September 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

6 September 2021

Contract end date

31 October 2021

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (above threshold)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

This procedure can be used for procurements above the relevant contract value threshold.

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This update is to extend the opportunity and to advise the closing date for applications.

The closing date for applications to join the DPS is 05 September 2021, this DPS concludes on the 31 October 2021.

Please note the contract start date has only been completed to allow the above changes to be made.

The description below remains unchanged, however for details relating to the current COVID 19 situation please see the additional text section.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) intends to establish a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) to procure Work Focused Activities in the Jobcentre Plus Districts in England, Scotland and Wales. The DPS is for the procurement of social and other services referred to in Regulation 74 of the Public Contracts Regulations (2015) and as such, the intention is to use a light touch regime, rather than the full regime described in Regulation 34 (Dynamic Purchasing System).

This national DPS is intended to replace the current DPS for Work Focused Activities in DWP Central England Group, also known as the Proof of Concept (PoC). Operating a DPS offers a number of commercial and operational advantages for both the buyer and for the potential Suppliers, compared to traditional contracting methods. The DPS will be a more effective and responsive tool, with the potential to create administrative savings and allow the buyer to respond to individual requirements more swiftly. It will simplify and reduce the time and cost involved for those Suppliers on the DPS in bringing their services to market, for example by reducing the duplication of effort created by participation in multiple, separate procurement competitions. Consequently it is anticipated that the DPS will, over time, be extended to procure other categories of service spend.
This National DPS is for the sole use of the DWP.
The anticipated period of the DPS will run from the date of signing of the earliest DPS Agreement (likely to be 25 July 2016), for four years.

Estimated funding for Work Focused Activities for 2016-2017, excluding VAT, will be up to £35m. Thereafter funding for DPS procurement will be annually agreed (amounts to be confirmed), and may include monies from other funding streams.

The Invitation to Tender Pack is available on Bravosolution. Your tender response should be submitted via BravoSolution. If you are not a BravoSolution registered supplier, you must register with BravoSolution to bid -
Helpline telephone number:0800 368 4850
Helpline email:
See Instructions to Potential Suppliers document for further information.

More information


Additional text

All information will be issued to potential suppliers via the BravoSolution e-Procurement platform, also referred to as Jaggaer.

The original DPS specification stated that the opportunity would end on 31 July 2020, which was extended to 31 October 2020 and a revised specification reflecting this change has been uploaded, this has now been further extended to 31 October 2021.

Please note that the closing date for applications to join the DPS is 05 September 2021, this DPS concludes on the 31 October 2021.

About the buyer

Contact name

Dynamic Purchasing System for the Provision of Work Focused Acti


DWP, Caxton House
Tothill Street


0113 2324132