Published date: 19 May 2017

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: 27 June 2017

Contract summary


  • Specialist training services - 80510000

Location of contract

South West

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

19 May 2017

Closing date

27 June 2017

Contract start date

7 July 2017

Contract end date

31 July 2019

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure

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

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Companies are invited to tender for a Contract for the provision of academic, vocational training and support for the Defence Commercial Apprenticeship Programme based at DE&S, MOD Abbey Wood, Filton, Bristol.


The Defence Commercial Apprenticeship Programme (DCAP) exists to train apprentices over an 18-20 month programme involving the attainment of qualifications typical of a Public Sector Commercial Level 4 apprenticeship aligned to the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS). It includes training, assessment and multiple department placements in a working environment assisting experienced commercial officers operating within MOD Project / Delivery Teams and Operating Centres. The on the job training is predominantly based at MoD Abbey Wood, Bristol.

For 2017 the intention is to recruit up to 15 apprentices and to be based at DE&S HQ Abbey Wood. The Apprentices shall be limited term employees of the MOD, DE&S.

Description of Work

A Contractor is required to provide a service to deliver academic and vocational training (see below for specific qualifications), to support and contribute towards the management of Apprentices throughout their 18-20 month period of training. Key services will include the Contractor's expert verification and moderation of apprentices training efforts and achievements. This will include but not be limited to formally verifying individual Apprentice learning logs, conducting in-year and end-point assessments, monitoring progress and providing guidance.

The contractor will be expected to work with the authority to adopt the new
Pulic Sector Commercial Professional Standard Level 4 which comprises, but is not limited to:

CIPS Diploma in Procurement and Supply Operations (Level 4)

Training and tuition for the above qualification must take place within a 5 mile radius of MOD Abbey Wood, Filton, Bristol whether in temporary or permanent facilities. End-point assessments will be conducted at Abbey Wood, where practicable.

The contractor is to deal with all of the administration associated with the draw down of any Government subsidies such as the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) Government Levy funding. And/or Work with the authority in the transfer to any new funding arrangements that may be imposed by future government regulation or legislation.


The Contract duration is expected to be from July 2017 until 31st July 2019.


Firm prices are sought for all work under the Contract. Companies wishing to tender should be aware that it is anticipated that the programme can be delivered within the (SFA) maximum core government contribution for it's banding.

More information


  • 028ABW.doc
  • Tender Notice
  • DEFFORM 28 Tender return Label

Additional text

Companies wishing to bid for this competitive tender opportunity will need to download these attached documents for completion and submission to the MOD Abbey Wood Tender Board by the due date given in the corresponding MOD DCO Bulletin advertisement dated 19/05/2017, reference DTEC/277. Full instructions on how to respond to the Invitation to Tender are given in the advertisement.

About the buyer

Contact name

Chelcie Brewer


MOD Abbey Wood, #4135, NH4 Elm 1C
BS34 8JH


Closing: 27 June 2017