DCMS Strengthening Partnerships Between Schools and Businesses

DCMS Strengthening Partnerships Between Schools and Businesses

The ultimate aims of this project are: (a) to understand what works in terms of raising and broadening girls’ career aspirations.

Reference number: 100513

Deadline date:21/03/2014

This deadline is for… Deadline for Expression of Interest

Contract value:£50,000 – £100,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: United Kingdom UNITED KINGDOM,

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 Culture, Media and Sport


Description of the contract

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES The ultimate aims of this project are: (a) to understand what works in terms of raising and broadening girls’ career aspirations. There is good evidence that many women fail to utilise fully their skills in the workplace. Women are under-represented in many well-paid careers, and over-represented in a number of poorly-paid ones. In many cases, this process starts at school, where girls (in particular) fail to consider a wide range of careers, and limit their options through their subject choices. Many girls fail to consider science, technology, engineering or maths-related careers (the “STEM” subjects). We would expect the successful bidder to focus on this issue throughout, looking at the gender split in key subjects in the schools, the gender split in local businesses, how to encourage more girls to study STEM subjects, the different ways that girls and boys assimilate careers advice or experience interaction with business, and so on. Learning what works for girls in this area is the key aim of the pilots; (b) more generally, to understand what works in terms of creating sustainable local partnerships between schools and businesses. Who should lead in setting them up? What size of partnership is most effective? How can they become sustainable? Are there particular types of schools or businesses that find engaging with such partnerships easier or harder than others? What role should there be for the local authority? What role is there for organisations like the British Chamber of Commerce, and the Education and Employers Taskforce? The partnerships need to be sufficiently diverse to explore these issues, and the learning from them needs to be captured for others. One output from this project will be an on-line toolkit of information for other schools and businesses to set up their own partnerships. The successful bidder will need to gather this learning and disseminate it, through the National Careers Service website and other routes. OUTPUTS The successful contractor will need to set up and run, for a period of one year, at least five new local partnerships between groups of schools and local businesses. Setting up the partnerships will involve: • selecting suitable areas (see diversity criteria below) • securing the involvement of local schools and local businesses • bringing the parties together to agree an action plan of activities for the year • agreeing criteria to assess the impact of the partnership Running the partnerships will involve: • arranging regular meetings of the partners • ensuring that a suitable range of activities is agreed and implemented – following up where necessary



Classification of the contract

79634000 Career guidance services


Additional information

Contract type: Services – 27

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: 14/04/2014 – 30/05/2015


Who to contact

Contact name noel.miller@culture.gsi.gov.uk

Organisation name Department of Culture, Media and Sport

Address 100 Parliament Street, London, England, SW1A 2BQ

Telephone 02072112088

Extension number:


Web address


How to apply

The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement, and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender. The information and/or documents for this opportunity are available on https://www.delta-esourcing.com/delta. You must register on this site to respond, if you are already registered you will not need to register again, simply use your existing username and password. Please note there is a password reminder link on the homepage. Suppliers must log in, go to your Response Manager and add the following Access Code: R5R77858NM. Please ensure you follow any instruction provided to you here. The deadline for submitting your response(s) is 21 March 2014 at 18:00. Please ensure that you allow yourself plenty of time when responding to this invite prior to the closing date and time, especially if you have been asked to upload documents. If you experience any technical difficulties please contact the Delta eSourcing Helpdesk on telephone number 0845 270 7050 or email helpdesk@delta-esourcing.com