Civil Service Recruitment Tests

Civil Service Recruitment Tests

Civil Service Competency Assessments Tests and Exercises for Recruitment and Promotion Gateways.

Reference number: 58933

Deadline date:08/07/2013

This deadline is for… Tender submission date.

Contract value:£0 – £53,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: London

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? No

Name of the buying organisation: Department of Health


Description of the contract

The Authority has a requirement to run two Internal Promotional Gateways per year over the next three years. It is an expectation over the three year period to run External Recruitment Gateways, the size and the volume of these External Recruitment Gateways is currently unknown. The Tenderer must propose a solution in-line with the Civil Service Competency Framework that is robust (good reliability and validity, including face validity). Tests should be quick, user-friendly and engaging and be deliverable singularly or as a combined test. The Tenderer should ensure that tests/exercises are pitched at the right level for the grade being assessed, are non-discriminatory and of an appropriate duration. Exercises must have a focus on competencies from the People Cluster contained within the Civil Service Framework, though not necessarily exclusively, on people management. Each competency must be covered by at least 2 exercises/tests however 3 exercises/tests are more desirable. We are looking for maximum competency coverage from each exercise. We are also looking for evidence of how the different elements of the assessment process work and fit together as a whole. The tests and exercises should easily be brought into effective action and accessible to candidates. We require an approach to the delivery of recruitment and assessment services that includes modernising, streamlining and improving quality outputs We will require materials, as a minimum, to be shared with our Executive Agencies, PHE and MHRA and possibly other Government Departments. The quality of approach to the delivery of each stage is important for a successful outcome and is an area the Authority will evaluate against. Below are the stages required:- Stage One: Provide online verbal, numerical and abstract aptitude tests for sifting to EO, HEO, SEO, G7 & G6 grades. This tool must be able to map to the Civil Service Competency Framework. • Online tests need to be robust, have good validity & reliability, be quick to administer, user friendly, engaging, can be delivered singularly or as a combined test, pitched at the right level for the grade and are non-discriminatory. • The Tenderer is to provide samples of the proposed unsupervised/supervised tests. Stage Two: Provide a bespoke on-line behavioural screening questionnaire for sifting to EO, HEO, SEO, G7 & G6 grades. The questionnaire must provide bespoke reporting against the Civil Service Competency Framework and deliver a merit list against overall candidate scores. • Behavioural screening questionnaire enables an assessment to be made of the candidate’s suitability in terms of their preferences/choices in going about their work which can be validated through interview. • The questionnaire must provide bespoke reporting against the Civil Service Competency Framework (CSCF) and deliver a merit list against overall candidate scores. • The Tenderer should describe the design process and a sample end report. • Any development work must be completed by August 2013. Stage Three: Provide bespoke group and role play exercises for EO, HEO, SEO, G7 & G6 grades and assessor training for those delivering these exercises. Exercises will need to be tailored to different grades and cover the competencies outlined in the competency matrix below. In addition, test administration training will also be required. • Exercises need to specific to the grade, have good face validity, be easy to administer, engaging and pitched at the right level for the grade being assessed. • Exercises should provide maximum competency coverage against the Civil Service Competency Framework. Versions should be able to be used for both recruitment and promotion gateways. • It is expected that ‘training the assessor’ session shall be attended by approximately 16 attendees. The Authority may over the course of the three years request further training session(s) and these training sessions will be charged separately but in-line with the tendered rates. The same requirement as above, applies to any test administration training. • Any development work must be completed by August 2013.


Classification of the contract

80511000 Staff training services

79635000 Assessment centre services for recruitment

79632000 Personnel-training services


Additional information

Contract type: Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 16/07/2013 – 15/07/2016


Who to contact

Contact name Beau Morgan

Organisation name Department of Health

Address Quarry House, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7UE


Extension number:


Web address


How to apply

The Authority is using its electronic tendering portal, the Business Management System (“BMS”) to carry out the tender process. If you need any assistance using the BMS system please contact the helpdesk on 0113 254 5777 between 10.00am and 4.00pm. If there is an intention to tender, then the potential Tenderer should acknowledge their interest, as quickly as possible, by sending a message through BMS (online messages). This is the sole responsibility of the Tenderer and ensures that future updates etc. can be provided in an effective and timely manner. Failure to acknowledge your intention in this manner may lead to delays in receiving additional information and clarification updates. Any questions regarding this ITT must be sent to the Authority using BMS (online messages). All questions must be received by the deadline for questions 12Noon, 3rd July 2013. The Authority will copy all non-commercially sensitive answers to questions to all Tenderers (who have acknowledged their interest in tendering) via BMS and not respond to questions received after the deadline. As part of the tender response, Tenderers must complete all relevant sections in Part B of the tender pack. All tenders must be returned no later than the deadline for receipt of tenders 12Noon, 8th July 2013 and must be submitted via BMS. Late tenders shall not be accepted.