Published date: 26 April 2019

Last edited date: 26 April 2019

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: 3 May 2019

Contract summary


  • Social work and related services - 85300000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract

£80,000 to £100,000

Procurement reference


Published date

26 April 2019

Closing date

3 May 2019

Contract start date

3 June 2019

Contract end date

31 March 2020

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (below threshold)

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

This procedure can be used for procurements below the relevant contract value threshold.

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



The Social Mobility Commission is inviting proposals for research to understand whether apprenticeships are serving to enhance individual apprentices' social mobility opportunities.

Apprentices have great potential and promise to be a tool for social mobility. However, the reality may not be as clear cut. The Commission's analysis in its State of the Nation 2018 points to unforeseen consequences on social mobility after recent policy and funding reforms. These include: reduced offerings at Levels 2 and 3, which offer a 'foot on the ladder' for disadvantaged students; reduced entry-level routes for young people into employment; reduced support for SMEs who provide entry-level routes, and; poor retention and progression for disadvantaged students.

The Commission is interested in apprenticeship selection, attrition, progression, quality of training, and outcomes by socioeconomic background. This research must include policy recommendations that could improve social mobility outcomes for apprentices.

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About the buyer


Social Mobility Commission
Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street