Published date: 3 November 2020

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: 17 November 2020, 11:59pm

Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

3 November 2020

Closing date

17 November 2020

Closing time


Contract start date

31 August 2021

Contract end date

30 September 2030

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type


Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



CALL FOR COMPETITION. The Institute will be the contracting authority, subject to commencement of the
relevant provisions of the Technical and Further Education Act 2017. The purpose of the procurement is to
select and appoint an
Awarding Organisation (AO) (or AOs) to be responsible for developing and delivering each of the wave 4 T
Level technical qualifications, under an exclusive licensing approach. The expected scope of the role of the
AO(s) is that it it/they would be responsible for:
- designing the content of the qualification;
- upskilling providers (further education schools and colleges);
- providing of learning and teaching materials;
- updating content; and
- delivering qualification assessment services.
This procurement is divided into 8 lots. See the Information about the lots and the procurement documents for
further details of the contract and services to be delivered.

More information

Additional text

This procurement process is being run by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. For the purpose of this notice the Authority means the Institute. The Authority administers procurement electronically via the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education e-Sourcing Portal. No hard copy documents will be issued and all communications with the Authority (including submission of Tender responses) must be conducted via the e-Sourcing Portal. The Portal can be accessed via your web browser (

To ensure all communication relating to this procurement is received, potential suppliers must ensure that the point of contact nominated in the e-Sourcing Portal is accurate at all times. Access to the Portal is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year and anywhere in the world via the internet unless notified otherwise by the Portal.

This procurement is being conducted under Directive 2014/23/EU and the Concession Contracts Regulations 2016 (Directive and Regulations respectively). As the services which are the subject of the procurement fall within Annex IV of the Directive and Schedule 3 of the Regulations, the Procurement is subject to lighter regulation in accordance with Article 19 and Regulation 19. Accordingly, whilst the Authority intends to conduct this procurement as a form of open procedure, it shall only be bound by those obligations referred to in Article 19 and Regulation 19.

The estimated total contract values outlined above are based on delivery of the services in respect of four cohorts together with an optional contract extension of one additional cohort. Any contract extension is at the sole discretion of the Authority.

Variant bids should not be made and will not be accepted.

The publication of this notice does not constitute a commitment by the Authority to award any contract or contracts as a result of this procurement process.

This T Levels Wave 4 procurement will comprise of two stages. The Selection Questionnaire will need to be completed as part of stage 1, and the SQ Response as defined in the procurement documents must be submitted through the e-Sourcing Portal by 23:59 on 17/11/2020. Those potential suppliers that pass the Selection Questionnaire stage will progress on to stage 2 Technical and Price Evaluation. Tender(s) as defined in the procurement documents must be submitted by those potential suppliers through the e-Sourcing Portal by 23:59 on 23/02/2021.

About the buyer

Contact name

Institute for Apprenticeship and Technical Education


Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education
Level 1, 151 Buckingham Palace Road


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