Published date: 28 July 2020

Last edited date: 13 August 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: 21 August 2020, 5pm

Contract summary


  • Specialist training services - 80510000

  • Training facilities - 80520000

  • Management training services - 80532000

    • Personal development training services - 80570000

Location of contract

United Kingdom

Value of contract


Procurement reference

Management Development Programme

Published date

28 July 2020

Closing date

21 August 2020

Closing time


Contract start date

5 October 2020

Contract end date

5 March 2021

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open (non-OJEU)

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UK Sport are seeking to appoint a provider who can deliver essential management skills development training across our organisation. The purpose of this is to raise levels of management competence, skills and confidence, developing committed and capable managers in order to drive, support and develop their teams.

As an organisation, we recognise that building our management capability is critical to our future delivery success. Whilst we have invested internally in developing coaching skills over the past few years, we haven't made a holistic management development offering since 2015 and so there are many staff who have not undergone any formal or targeted development in this area whilst at UK Sport.

Furthermore, HR data (exit interviews, starter questionnaires, HR 'intelligence', staff surveys) indicate inconsistent levels of management confidence and competence and we therefore identify there is space for organisational growth in this area.

In conjunction with our externally (sport) facing people development team, we have mapped the proposed programme aims and essential 'kit bag' of skills to an outwardly focused 'Leadership Framework' - see below. The Manager Essentials programme presents an important opportunity for our internal staff development to be aligned to what is being delivered across the high-performance system. Specifically, the manager essentials programme would fall under the scope of 'Leading Others - manages and aligns people and process to drive performance'.

In preparation of the development programme, the UK Sport HR Team are running a series of
webinars over the coming months around key employee related themes such as managing absence, managing performance, family friendly rights and dignity at work in order to build knowledge around internal policy and process and 'how to handle' these issues from a cultural perspective.

Our aim is to run the programme over a six-month period from October 2020-March 2021. In pursuit of delivery quality, we would be able to slightly extend timeframes into the new financial year. October-December 2020 will be a particularly busy delivery time for the organisation and therefore the programme set-up should be sympathetic to this.

The programme will need to serve approximately 40 delegates, all current people managers with varying levels of management experience, across the hierarchy within the organisation (including Director level). We therefore require the programme to create a consistent, 'foundation' level approach with the ability to stretch more experienced managers as appropriate.

The programme should be delivered in a maximum of the equivalent of 5/6 days (30/36 hours) learning spread across the 6-month period.

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About the buyer

Contact name

Danielle Parsons


21 Bloomsbury Street




Closing: 21 August 2020, 5pm