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.
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)
Children's and young people workforce
Digital Marketing (social and digital media)
Digital Services (IT, data analysis)
English & Maths functional skills
Finance & Accountancy
Healthcare Assistant Practitioner
Healthcare Support Worker (clinical healthcare support)
Healthcare Support Services
Hospitality & Catering
HR & Recruitment
Leadership & Management
Maternity & Paediatric Support
Network Engineer (IT professionals)
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.
|Accessible to||All Public Sector|
|Authority||London Procurement Partnership (GSTT)|
|OJEU Award Ref||2017/S 046-084770|
|Initial Period (Years)||5.00|
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