Published date: 5 December 2018

Last edited date: 5 December 2018

This notice was replaced on 11 July 2019

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

Awarded contract (published 18 July 2019, last edited 18 July 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.

Contract summary


  • Research and development services and related consultancy services - 73000000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract


Procurement reference

DFERPPU 2018/066

Published date

5 December 2018

Closing date

19 December 2018

Contract start date

1 February 2019

Contract end date

31 July 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.

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



Expressions of interest are sought to conduct qualitative research with employers, providers, employer and FE sector bodies and apprentices to improve understanding of the causes and effects of changes to the number of apprenticeship starts at Level 2. The Department is particularly interested to explore how changes at Level 2 interplays with starts at Level 3; identify and explore whether anything can be learnt from exceptions to the overall trend i.e. instances where employers are increasing Level 2 starts; and, identify potential policy responses.
DEADLINE FOR TENDER IS: 12noon Tuesday 18th Dec 2018

More information


About the buyer

Contact name

Earl Kehoe


St pauls Place
S1 2FJ