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Apprenticeship Training Providers

In April 2017 the way the government funds apprenticeships in England is changing with employers with a pay bill over £3 million per annum being required to contribute to a new apprenticeship levy. From the 1st May 2017, employers can begin to use their levy funds to cover the costs of apprenticeship training, assessment and certification. Public sector organisations, including the NHS, will need to comply with the Public Contract Regulations 2015 when selecting a provider/assessment organisation, as well as adhering to their own organisational Standing Financial Instructions.

Benefits of the contract

The Dynamic Purchasing System will provide contracting authorities with a compliant and potentially quick, route to market to procure apprenticeship training provision. The DPS is not divided in to lots but structured so that potential providers can select which of the training categories and regions they wish to be considered for, allowing contracting authorities a choice of how best to approach the market.

The benefits for Contracting Authorities include: -

- Shortened procurement time as advertisement in OJEU and PQQ stage has already been undertaken.

- The DPS encourages competition as it is easier for local providers to to get on to the DPS and join at any time during its period of validity.

- Participating organisations can develop their own specification, based on pre-developed templates, to meet their own requirements and formulate the award criteria more precisely.

- Award of individual tenders can be quicker than under some other procedures. The minimum time limit for return of tenders is 10 days.

- Award criteria can be formulated more precisely for specific local contracts.


For full information on how the DPS works please refer to the User Guide.

Contract description

The DPS is split into different categories of apprenticeships and into different regions.

The following apprenticeship categories are currently in scope of the DPS: -

Adult care (health & social care)

AHP support

Business administration

Children's and young people workforce

Customer services

Dental nurses

Digital Marketing (social and digital media)

Digital Services (IT, data analysis)

English & Maths functional skills

Facilities Management

Finance & Accountancy

Healthcare Assistant Practitioner

Healthcare Science

Healthcare Support Worker (clinical healthcare support)

Healthcare Support Services

Hospitality & Catering

HR & Recruitment

Leadership & Management

Maternity & Paediatric Support

Network Engineer (IT professionals)

Peri-operative Support

Pharmacy Services


A map of the regional boundaries is attached in the Supporting Information box.


As the list of qualified suppliers for each category may regularly change, please contact the framework manager for an up to date supplier list.

In order to comply with Skills Funding Agency guidelines, all providers of apprenticeship training must be listed on the SFA register (RoATP). Contracting authorities must undertake their own checks prior to awarding any contracts.

Contract Overview
Start 03-04-17
End 02-04-22
Contract Type DPS
Accessible to All Public Sector
Authority London Procurement Partnership (GSTT)
OJEU Award Ref 2017/S 046-084770
Initial Period (Years) 5.00
Extensions remaining 0.00
LPP Contact Laura Whitworth
020 7188 8122
LPP Ref LPP/2017/005