Published date: 9 May 2023

Last edited date: 23 May 2023

This notice was replaced on 15 March 2024

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Awarded contract (published 15 March 2024, last edited 11 April 2024)

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Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

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


Procurement reference


Published date

9 May 2023

Approach to market date

29 June 2023

Contract start date

1 February 2024

Contract end date

20 November 2028

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



The Department for Education intend to invite suppliers who have qualified on to the Skills Bootcamps Dynamic Purchasing System to a call off competition late June / early July 2023 for services to begin around February 2024. (These dates are indicative and may be subject to change.)

To enable the above, DfE would like to invite interested organisations to apply for a place on the DPS so they can bid for the call off competition(s) for any of the categories below.

We strongly advise suppliers to submit an application by 5th June 2023.

Applications may take up to 30 days to process but where possible, the DfE will endeavour to process them in advance of the call-of competition. The DPS will remain open to applications after this date.

The skills categories for call off will be as follows:
- Digital
- Sales Marketing and Procurement (for digital marketing and IT technical sales)
- Construction and the Built Environment
- Engineering and Manufacturing
- Business and Administration (for project management roles that would support the categories above)
- Transport and Logistics (for HGV driving and Transport Managers)
- Education and Early Years (for Early Years Educators)
- Creative & Design (for screen, live and video game production skills)

DPS Selection Questionnaire - Q&A session
We will be holding a Q&A session for suppliers who have questions about the DPS Selection Questionnaire (SQ) process on Thursday 25th May 2023, and you can register via the following link:
We also ran an event on 3rd April 2023 which talked through the SQ process. Suppliers can find the event recording on Jaggaer - please see 'Important Information' below.

Skills Bootcamps model and new categories
Following submission of your SQ application, there will be an session on Thursday 8th June on the Skills Bootcamps model, and you can register via the following link:,GxCjmwZOsEejw6ncM9R1RQ,JPrRJtJM3kmBFZ_IIARLzA,al8D3j8E90GgXqIGYidTzw,bNmkMo5Z6ES6jqFthSpdMg,wVjTRxY0I06OWb55DpxmBA?mode=read&tenantId=fad277c9-c60a-4da1-b5f3-b3b8b34a82f9.
This session will be an opportunity for new suppliers who have submitted an SQ application and are interested in bidding to deliver Skills Bootcamps, including those interested in submitting a bid in Early Years or Creative & design. This session will help you gain further understanding of the Skills Bootcamp model, as well as what this could look like in the new sectors being introduced (Creative Industries and Early Years) and there will be the opportunity for questions.

More information

Previous notice about this procurement

Skills Bootcamps - Dynamic Purchasing System

  • Opportunity
  • Published 21 November 2022, last edited 21 November 2022


Additional text

Important information

Tentative Call off competition tender publication date is 29th June 2023. Applications to the DPS may take up to 30 working days to process.

Only suppliers who have successfully applied and qualified onto the DPS can compete in call off competitions.

DfE recently ran market engagement events to test possible requirements with the market - suppliers can access the slides on Jaggaer under Project_7693. DfE also ran a session on the SQ process - suppliers can access the recording on Jaggaer under the same Project_7693.

About the buyer


Department for Education