Published date: 21 December 2016

Last edited date: 21 December 2016

This notice was replaced on 21 December 2016

This notice does not contain the most up-to-date information about this procurement. The most recent notice is:

Awarded contract (published 17 January 2017, last edited 26 May 2021)

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.

Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract

North West

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

21 December 2016

Closing date

22 April 2016

Contract start date

3 January 2017

Contract end date

4 January 2020

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure

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

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



This Provision is voluntary and will aim to reduce the worklessness of disadvantaged people, particularly in those wards across Lancashire that demonstrate the highest levels of out of work claimants. The Provision will provide tailored support through individual 'Key Workers' and an Action Plan for Participants which will contain activities that will tackle barriers to employment. Lancashire's Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is an area which includes Blackburn with Darwen Unitary Authority, Blackpool Unitary Authority, Lancashire County Council and 12 borough councils.

More information


Additional text

The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise. Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Tender~: 1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once): and click the link to register - Accept the terms and conditions and click 'continue' - Enter your correct business and user details - Note the username you chose and click 'Save' when complete - You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure) 2. Express an Interest in the tender - Login to the portal with the username/password - Click the 'PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers' link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier) - Click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content. - Click the 'Express Interest' button at the top of the page. - This will move the PQQ /ITT into your 'My PQQs/ My ITTs' page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only) -You can now access any attachments by clicking 'Buyer Attachments' in the 'PQQ/ ITT Details' box 3. Responding to the tender - Click 'My Response' under 'PQQ/ ITT Details', you can choose to 'Create Response' or to 'Decline to Respond' (please give a reason if declining) - You can now use the 'Messages' function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification - Note the deadline for completion, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT - There may be a mixture of online and offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available) You must then submit your reply using the 'Submit Response' button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk. This is a procurement for services under the Light Touch Regime and DWP will not be bound by Public Contracts Regulations 2015 except as such Regulations are applicable to the Light Touch Regime. DWP expressly reserves the rights: (i)to use a reverse auction; (ii)to cancel this procurement at any stage; (iii)to not award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice; (iv)to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the tendering competition; (v)and in no circumstances will DWP be liable for any costs incurred by potential suppliers. The Provider will use the Provider Referral and Payment (PRaP) system to receive their referrals and to record claimant activity. The Provider will therefore need to have met relevant security requirements when contracts go live.

About the buyer


Department for Work & Pensions
Quarry House, Quarry Hill