Published date: 6 June 2019

Last edited date: 2 April 2020

Open opportunity - This means that the contract is currently active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to fulfil the contract.

Closing: 17 March 2023

Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract

£0 to £20,000,000

Procurement reference


Published date

6 June 2019

Closing date

17 March 2023

Contract start date

18 March 2023

Contract end date

31 March 2023

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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NB: The closing date for this DPS is open ended, the start for the DPS is November 2018 and not 18 Mar 2023 as entered on this Opportunity Notice.

Update due to an IT upgrade taking place (23/03/2020 - 27/03/2020) for the DPS. The new pqq_28831 has replaced the previous pqq reference. There has been the addition of five new Service Lines. Please see updated attachments containing details of the Service Lines and how to apply, in Other Information.

As set out in the Green Paper 'Improving Lives: Work, Health and Disability' , published in October 2016, the department is looking to deliver a number of new proof of concept' (PoC) to improve the support that it can offer and to understand what best works.

This is a Contract Notice for social and specific services in accordance with Directive 2014/24/EU Article 24. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) intends to establish a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) to procure these activities in 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 DPS will present opportunities for organisation, with a focus on innovation and local specialist support, to be involved and test the development of new approaches for employment and health related activity. This will be key to building evidence to support the delivery of future provision at both national and local level.

At this stage we cannot confirm or guarantee any future business through the DPS but it is anticipated that there will be some limited numbers of proof of concepts in specific parts of the country in the next 6-12 months. However, it is expected that as the DPS develops the activity will increase involving most, if not all, parts of the country.

The T&L DPS will commence on the first date that DWP signs the first DPS Contract, expected to be in November 2018. The T&L DPS will be open ended, but can be terminated by the Authority with twenty (20) Working Days' notice. The expectation is that it will run for four years.
The expected total value of all Call-Off contracts for the DPS will be approximately £2 million for 2018-19. Thereafter funding for DPS procurement will be annually agreed (amounts to be confirmed), and may include monies from other funding streams.

This DPS will be for the use of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), its Executive Agencies and those Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs) sponsored by DWP. Further information including a list of such Agencies and Public Bodies can be viewed by selecting 'Ministerial Departments' on the Departmental website.

All relevant documentation is available via our Procurement Portal.

Published in OJ / S at on 2018/S 205-468119.

How to apply

Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.

About the buyer


Quarry House, Quarry Hill



Closing: 17 March 2023