Published date: 26 October 2021

Last edited date: 27 October 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.

Closing: 25 November 2021, 12pm

Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract


Value of contract

£35,000 to £350,000

Procurement reference


Published date

26 October 2021

Closing date

25 November 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

10 January 2022

Contract end date

9 January 2025

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (below threshold)

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

This procedure can be used for procurements below the relevant contract value threshold.

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Health Education England (HEE) is seeking to commission the delivery of a national programme of Step into Work, an off the shelf employability programme designed by trusts or social care organisations (or collaborations) in partnership with DWP, for adults aged 19+ receiving work related benefits to support them into health and social care roles. This work forms part of the Talent for Care strategic framework with a particular focus on widening participation for unemployed adults into entry level health and social care roles.

This is a continuation of the current Step Into Work national programme and we are now looking to commission a further 10 organisations (trusts, social care or collaborations) to develop, deliver and evaluate an employability programme in partnership with DWP aimed at adults aged 19+ in receipt of work-related benefits aiming to progress individuals into entry level health and social care roles. This employability programme has the ability to flex the content and delivery to enable organisations to target particular widening access and participation groups within your communities and work to solve a workforce challenge.

Quotations are invited to deliver these employment programme spanning over 3 years from 2022 - 2025. Regular reports, (anonymised) data and a full evaluation will be required.

Further information relating to this project can be found at HEE's e-tendering portal at the link below. All clarification questions and submission bids must be received via this portal only. Registration is free of charge.

More information

Previous notice about this procurement

Delivery of a national programme of Step into Work

  • Opportunity
  • Published 26 October 2021

About the buyer

Contact name

Leila Hodson


Duncombe Street