Published date: 2 June 2021

Open future opportunity - This means that the buyer is not yet ready to invite bid applications but early notification has been provided and some dialogue may be possible.

Approach to market date: 10 September 2021

Contract summary


  • Career guidance services - 79634000

  • 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

2 June 2021

Approach to market date

10 September 2021

Contract start date

1 April 2022

Contract end date

31 March 2024

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



All information included in this notice is indicative and subject to change.
The National Careers Service provides high quality careers information, advice, and guidance to anyone aged over 13 living in England. As the Government sets out to re-build the economy after COVID-19, the Service will play a key role driving economic recovery; by raising awareness of the pathways into employment and further learning and supporting customers to independently manage their careers.
We are seeking suppliers for 9 regional based contracts across England who are able to deliver high quality independent careers information, advice and guidance to National Careers Service customers. We are inviting suppliers to take part in a programme of market engagement as we seek to procure Prime Contractors to be accountable and responsible for the delivery of careers information advice and guidance in the community in nine areas of England from 01 April 2022.

Further details will be published with the tender pack. The intention is to publish the tender opportunity in September 2021. All future information will be issued to potential providers via the DfE eTendering Portal URL: The competition will be run using this system and all bidding suppliers must be registered and submit their bids through this portal. Our market engagement sessions will take place on 22nd and 23rd June 2021 with follow up 1-2-1 sessions available in the same week. This will be conducted by Microsoft Teams. Suppliers wishing to attend an event must register for a Jaggaer account, go to the live opportunities, express their interest in this opportunity at which point you will be invited to submit your attendee list. Once received, the specific event timings and detailed joining instructions will be issued to you. If you have any questions or issues in accessing the system, please contact

How to apply

Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.

About the buyer


Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street,


Approach to market date: 10 September 2021