Take a look at Tenders Update January 2023 for an overview of the latest opportunities open to providers of services to the Essential Skills sector.
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Digital skills & Leadership and Management training
The University of Suffolk has secured funding through the European Social Fund to deliver high quality digital skills training and leadership and management training, and is looking to source accredited providers to deliver this training in 2023. The focus will be on supporting groups such as those with a disability, ethnic minorities and the over 50s, and one of the overarching targets is enhancing the labour market status for women.
Closing date: 31st January
What Works strand of the Multiply Programme – RCTs
The DfE is tendering for the development of products to be tested in Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) as part of the What Works strand of the Multiply Programme.
Closing date: 10th February 2023
Rutland Adult and Community Learning Service
The Council require a suitably qualified and experienced provider to provide the Rutland Adult & Community Learning Service as specified.
Closing date: 20th February 2023
HMPPS Adult Prison Education Services in England
‘Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) is establishing the Government’s vision to deliver a Prisoner Education Service which equips prisoners with the numeracy, literacy, skills and qualifications they need to get jobs or apprenticeships after they leave custody. We will therefore be seeking to procure new contracts to deliver education services in prisons across England.
Our vision is that everyone of working age and able to work should leave prison prepared for employment or further education and training. The new Prison Education Service will therefore expand the scope of ‘prison education’, bringing together areas of learning, skills and work into one transformative service. We are seeking to procure new education contracts by engaging with a diverse range of providers and suppliers that can offer prisoners a range of learning opportunities.’
Closing date: 21st March 2023
Multiply ‘What Works’: Management of Intervention Delivery
As part of the Multiply Programme, the DfE wishes to commission a programme of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and other experimental trials, including quasi-experimental trials and A/B trials to improve understanding of what works in improving adult numeracy. DfE is looking to appoint a supplier to oversee the set up and delivery of numeracy learning interventions (including courses and outreach activity) that will be tested as part of the Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) and other trials. This supplier will need to work in close collaboration with an evaluation supplier to deliver the RCTs. The DfE is looking to procure a supplier(s) to oversee the recruitment of local areas and delivery partners to deliver the trial interventions; oversee the set-up of interventions; and manage payments to organisations delivering the interventions.
Closing date: 31st March 2023
Information from the Ministry of Justice for new suppliers wishing to apply to join the Prison Education Dynamic Purchasing System.
Closing date: 31st March 2023
Electronic Market Place: adult education provision
Kirklees Council is looking to engage Delivery Partners with relevant experience and ability to provide Adult Education, Training, Employment & Lifelong Learning.
Closing date: 31st December 2023
Post-16 skills and training provision
Cheshire West & Chester Council (CW&C) are looking for the opportunity to develop new relationships with post-16 skills and training providers.
Closing date: 30 July 2024
Employability, adult skills, community learning & careers guidance
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council are tendering for a range of projects supported by the European Social Fund and ERDF European Regional Development Fund. Projects will help to deliver employability support (age 16+), adult skills and community learning and offer support to employed individuals who wish to progress in work, move into new sectors or are at risk of redundancy, along with supporting Careers Information Advice and Guidance to all age groups. This will also include Consultancy services required to facilitate the delivery of the above requirements.
Closing date: 1 August 2025
Dynamic Purchasing System 2 – For the Provision of Work Focused Activities
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) intends to establish a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) to procure Work Focused Activities in Jobcentre Plus Districts in England, Scotland and Wales.
Closing date: 19 September 2025
Apprenticeship Training Provision
The Borough Council of Gateshead are an Apprenticeship Levy paying organisations. The Council is establishing a pseudo-DPS to establish a framework of approved providers of apprenticeship training.
Closing date: 1 July 2026
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