Social Worker Training Tender

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

2018/S 110-251407

Social and other specific services – public contracts

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Department for Education
2 St. Paul’s Place, 125 Norfolk St
S1 1FJ
United Kingdom
NUTS code: UKE32
I.2)Information about joint procurement


Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions

I.5)Main activity


Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Employment-based fast-track social work education

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

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.1.5)Estimated total value

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)


II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK
Main site or place of performance:

England only.

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.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract or the framework agreement

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation

III.1.4)Objective rules and criteria for participation

List and brief description of rules and criteria:

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,

— recruitment,

— system improvement/ outcomes for children and families.

III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract

III.2.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession
Reference to the relevant law, regulation or administrative provision:

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.

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Form of procedure

Procedure involving negotiations
IV.1.3)Information about framework agreement
IV.1.10)Identification of the national rules applicable to the 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)Administrative information

IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S: 2018/S 076-169280

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate / Time limit for receipt of expressions of interest

Date: 10/07/2018
Local time: 12:00

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:


Section VI: Complementary information

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional 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:

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.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Department for Education
Sanctuary Buildings, 20 Great Smith Street
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:


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