Social Worker Training Tender
The Department for Education is seeking the provision of initial qualifying social work education through an employment-based, fast-track route.
United Kingdom-Sheffield: Health and social work services
Social and other specific services – public contracts
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name and addresses
2 St. Paul’s Place, 125 Norfolk St
NUTS code: UKE32
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Section II: Object
Employment-based fast-track social work education
II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
The Department for Education is seeking the provision of initial qualifying social work education through an employment-based, fast-track route. We are looking to secure a contractor to:
1) train 700 – 900 social workers through 2 cohorts, starting in 2020;
2) attract high performing graduates to the programme;
3) assess candidates so that trainees display the highest aptitude for child and family social work;
4) design and deliver training allowing for accelerated qualification as a social worker;
5) deliver training and employment placements through partnership with English providers of statutory children’s social care services.
Indicative value of the contract is estimated to be between 35 000 000 GBP — 50 000 000 GBP.
II.1.6)Information about lots
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:
The contractor will be expected to:
1) promote the programme nationally, attracting applications from high performing graduates with leadership potential who might not otherwise have considered a career in social work and, in turn, contribute to raising the status of the profession;
2) manage candidate assessment to ensure those entering the programme have the right skills, behaviours and resilience to succeed as child and family social workers, as well as being representative of the diverse communities they serve;
3) design and deliver training, approved by the relevant regulator, such that participants will:
a) be embedded within a team delivering statutory child and family social work (i.e. in roles involving work on s.17 or s.47 cases and requiring case records to be updated by the student, under appropriate supervision) at an English local authority, or children’s trust that delivers services on behalf of a local authority;
b) be taught through a curriculum that is fully and comprehensively aligned with the Chief Social Workers’ Knowledge and Skills Statements (KSS);
c) gain a qualification sufficient for them to seek registration with the social work regulatory body through an accelerated training route; and
d) progress at the point of qualification to an ASYE (Assessed and Supported Year of Employment) social work role within the employer to which they are attached.
4) secure and manage sufficient training and employment placements to support 700 – 900 trainees across England and across 2 cohorts, starting in 2020 and 2021.
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1.4)Objective rules and criteria for participation
Bidders are required to request and return the SQ document. All questions are mandatory.
Initial tenders will be assessed against the following criteria:
— programme content,
— programme delivery,
— system improvement/ outcomes for children and families.
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
Social workers work with individuals and families to help improve life outcomes. They have to operate within legal frameworks for protecting and supporting vulnerable people.
To be a practicing social worker they must have a social work degree (either undergraduate or postgraduate) and they must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council; and over time, ensure registration with the new social work regulatory body, Social Work England.
Around 34 000 social workers are employed in child and family social work in England.
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
Key performance indicators will be agreed with the successful contractor.
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.1)Form of procedure
IV.1.11)Main features of the award procedure:
This procurement exercise will be carried out via a Competitive Procedure with Negotiation process.
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate / Time limit for receipt of expressions of interest
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
Section VI: Complementary information
The Department will be running a supplier engagement event on Wednesday 20 June from 14:00 – 16:00 in London; and on Thursday 21 June from 13:30 – 15:30 in Manchester. Please contact us at the email address in 1 for futher information and to request a copy of the Selection Questionnaire (SQ). This document will form your initial tender.
You will be required to request the SQ by contacting: FastTrack.SOCIALWORK@education.gov.uk
An electronic copy of your SQ must be received by email no later than 12:00 on 10.7.2018. Late tenders will not be considered.
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VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: