Published date: 11 October 2019

Last edited date: 27 January 2021

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: 31 October 2020, 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

31 October 2020

Closing time


Contract start date

1 November 2020

Contract end date

1 November 2020

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (OJEU)

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

OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) procedures are valued above a certain financial threshold.

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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.

Please note that the original DPS specification stated that the opportunity would end on 31 July 2020. This has now been extended to 31 October 2020 and a revised specification reflecting this change has been uploaded.

Suspension of the accreditation of potential suppliers' submissions to PQQ 28744 "Dynamic Purchasing System for the Provision of Work Focused Activities national"

The coronavirus pandemic is a fast moving emergency, that is having significant impacts for the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) and our customers.

Due to the changing demands on DWP's services and staff we have made the decision to pause the accreditation of all submissions made by potential suppliers to the PQQ for the month of April 2020.

Our Dynamic Purchasing system will reopen in May 2020 for suppliers to apply for accreditation, but this accreditation may take longer for the Department to complete and due to the current situation there may be little or no buying activity undertaken during this time.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause your organisation and hope that you can appreciate the reason why this decision has had to be made.

A further communication will be issued once the current situation changes.

About the buyer

Contact name

Dynamic Purchasing System for the Provision of Work Focused Acti


DWP, Caxton House
Tothill Street


Closing: 31 October 2020, 11:59pm