Published date: 5 November 2018

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: 20 November 2018

Contract summary


  • Research and development services and related consultancy services - 73000000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract


Procurement reference

DFERPPU 2018063

Published date

5 November 2018

Closing date

20 November 2018

Contract start date

7 January 2019

Contract end date

28 June 2019

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open (non-OJEU)

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

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

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The Government has awarded around £80m to establish four employer-led National Colleges (Creative and Cultural, Digital Skills, Nuclear, and High Speed Rail). Labour market changes are driving the need for flexible means by which the workforce can gain and retrain in higher technical skills. These place National Colleges central to the Government's aim of improving the quality of qualifications and encourage more students to study for higher technical courses. Expressions of interest are sought to conduct a process evaluation to explore the process of policy implementation and delivery of National College policy to date, and identify factors that have helped or hindered its effectiveness.

Please note the deadline for EOIs is 3pm, Monday 19th November 2018.

More information


Additional text

Please note the deadline for EOIs is 3pm, Monday 19th November 2018.

The word count limit for EOIs is 1,000 words

About the buyer

Contact name

Earl Kehoe


Agora Building
Cumberland Place