Published date: 8 January 2021

This notice was replaced on 22 July 2021

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

Awarded contract (published 22 July 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

Industry

  • Education and training services - 80000000

  • Adult and other education services - 80400000

  • Technical training services - 80531200

Location of contract

North East, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, London, South East, South West

Value of contract

£36,000,000

Procurement reference

tender_252434/914351

Published date

8 January 2021

Closing date

12 February 2021

Closing time

12am

Contract start date

17 May 2021

Contract end date

16 May 2022

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (OJEU)

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

OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) procedures are valued above a certain financial threshold.

This is an accelerated procedure. Justification:

PCR 2015 regulation 27, sub-section 5.

PPN01/20

Contract is suitable for SMEs?

Yes

Contract is suitable for VCSEs?

Yes


Description

The Department for Education is keen to engage with parties interested in working with us who will design, develop and implement a new flexible training model of digital or technical training (up to 16 weeks), to meet the needs of employers and to address the skills shortages vacancies in different regions of England. The development of these Skills Bootcamps will help us understand what works, therefore lowering the level of risk of securing value for money. Learning and evaluation from these initiatives will inform the development of the National Skills Fund.

We aim to have 2 Lots.

Lot 1 - to award at least one contract for digital skills bootcamps in each of the 9 geographical regions of England to meet the skills shortage vacancy needs of local areas.

Lot 2 - to award a number of contracts on a local or national level, for technical bootcamps (which can also include digital) based on evidenced demand (for exam

The Authority will enter into contract with a named Lead Supplier. We expect lead suppliers and their delivery organisations to engage with local networks and intelligence to provide a pipeline of individuals to fill identified vacancies which should be linked to guaranteed interviews for new recruits or a new role for current employees.

If a Group of Economic Operators wishes to act jointly to provide the Services, it may do so (the lead supplier could be any organisation e.g. a local authority, Mayoral Combined Authority (MCA), LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership), employer, provider or other organisation and we strongly encourage local area bodies, employers and providers to come together in consortia).

Employers will be expected to pay 30% of training costs course fees if retraining existing employees. We anticipate that at least 75% of all trainees will move into a new job or role within 6 months of completing training.

We are interested in organisations that have expertise and experience across all the following qualifying criteria:

- designing training solutions that meet employer requirements (expected level 3-5 or equivalent).

- demonstrate a track record of successful employer engagement.

- able to demonstrate a track record of delivering high-quality training delivery and continuous improvement/ quality assurance approaches.

- track record of recruiting suitable trainees using open, transparent, and fair methods.

- flexible delivery to suit individual needs and current conditions.

- management practises to track and report trainee destination at various time points for evaluation purposes.

- management practises to co-ordinate employer's guaranteed interviews and report on outcomes for evaluation purposes.

A key requirement of the Potential Supplier will be the ability to be flexible and responsive to emerging issues or areas to be addressed.


More information

Previous notice about this procurement

DfE Employer Led Training Initiatives - Digital and Technical Skills Bootcamps

  • Early engagement
  • Published 4 December 2020, last edited 7 December 2020

Links

Additional text

Please Note:

The suggested Contract start / end dates herein, are based on the Authorities most recent review of the procurement timeline. Any required changes due to unforeseen circumstances, shall be communicated by the Authority, should it be deemed necessary.


IMPORTANT - Organisations interested in this opportunity are required to Register on the DfE eSourcing portal prior to the estimated opportunity go live date anticipated January 9th 2021.

To register follow:
https://education.app.jaggaer.com/

Please select the following Category Codes against your organisation's profile within Jaggaer to access the ITT;

- 86111504 - Non certificated distance learning services
- 86111600 - Adult education - Unclassified
- 86111602 - Part time adult education services

Note. The ITT will not be available in Jaggaer, until AFTER it has been published.

Contract Values are excluding any applicable VAT.


Should a shortlisted supplier experience any technical difficulty with the DfE eSourcing portal, they need to contact the Jaggaer Service Helpdesk on 0800 069 8630 or e-mail help_UK@jaggaer.com


About the buyer

Address

Sanctuary Buildings, 20, Great Smith Street
London
SW1P 3BT
England

Email

chris.deaville@education.gov.uk